It is Garage Sale Saturday here in Madrona with lots of people parting with treasures and lots of others scouring the neighborhood for jewels and bargains. We’ve been doing a little local treasure hunting ourselves, so after you have exhausted the sales stop by the shop and refresh yourself with the great local wines we’ll have open for tasting. It is a sure thing that you’ll find something treasures among them.
Pick up a map to the garage sales at the shop on Friday afternoon, or at Café Verite. And be sure to hit the whole block sale at 29th & Pike Saturday morning.
2011 Northwest Wine Academy Rosé $10
51% Nebbiolo, 15% Cinsault, 11% Cabernet Franc
The NW wine Academy is made in the wine making program at South Seattle Community College. The grapes for this refreshing rosé mainly come from Gilbert Vineyards on Waluke Slope. The wine has a good balance between soft fruit notes, herbal undertones and good acidity.
2010 Cedergreen Cellars Sauvignon Blanc $14
This unoaked Sauv. Blanc from Kevin Cedergreen is in the full bodied New Zealand style, a little grassy with lots of ripe fruit. It is great food wine that pairs well with Caesar Salad, grilled fish, spicy foods and of course scallops.
2010 J. Scott Cellars Roussanne $18
72% Oregon and 28% Washington.
This cross border blend of Roussanne has pretty aromatics, lots of dry fruit and citrus flavors and is rich in the mouth. It is unoaked and undergoes no malolactic fermentation. It is also a favorite at St Clouds.
2008 J.Scott Cellars Syrah $19
J. Scott located in Eugene pulls fruit from both Washington and Oregon to make his wines. The grapes for his Syrah come from Oregon’s Rogue Valley, a warmer micro climate than the Willamette. The wine is spicy and full bodied and drinks much better than its unassuming price.
2009 Angel Vine Zinfandel $19
Angel Vines Estate vineyard is located in Oregon’s Eola-Amity hills and of course is planted in Pinot Noir, but they source grapes of a darker nature out of Washington. Their 2009 Zinfandel comes for Stonetree Vineyard on Waluke Slope. The wine has good round blackberry fruit and a supple spicy body.
Can’t make the tastings, but still want to explore new and unique wines? Consider joining our wine club, Madrona Wines Monthly. Each month we put together a diverse assortment of wines for our club members. It doesn’t get any easier to find something new. Check out our website for more details.