Madrona: HIgh 47 degrees, Low 38 degrees — Cloud with Showers
Cape Town, South Africa: High 94 degrees, Low 71 degrees — Sunny and Clear
Saturday, we’re tasting a great line up of wines from South Africa, where it is Summer and the grapes are ripening. Come take a vacation.
2015 Ashbourne Sauvignon/Chardonnay
2013 Neil Ellis Pinotage
2012 Goose, Shiraz
2013 Helderberg Wijnmakerij, Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Delaire Graff, Botsmaskop Red
Sunday, Mark is fresh back from Vietnam and pouring two new reds to the shop that are a bit off the beaten path — a Cabrades from Southern France and a Cab heavy blend from Chile.
2013 Echeverria, Propuesta $10
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec
From Chile, this dry chalky red has plenty of dark fruit without being overripe or pretentious.
2013 La Mijane Arpege –Cabardes $14
60% Grenache, 40% Merlot
Where the Atlantic influence meets the Mediterranean, the blend mixes notes of blueberry and dark fruit with some sunny spice.
Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.