The rain is giving us a break this weekend here in Madrona. While we are still digesting our Thanksgiving dinners, it is time turn our thoughts ahead to other meals and taste some wine. We have two exciting tastings this weekend, so you’ll want to swing by the shop both days.
Saturday we are pouring BORDEAUX! This is always a great tasting and today we have two with a bit of age on them.
2014 Château de Birot, Côtes de Bordeaux $15
87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 Château Val de Roc $18
2015 Château Siran, Saint-Jacques de Siran Bordeaux Supérieur $18
42% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc
2004 Château Grand Corbin Manuel, Saint Émilion Grand Cru $30
2009 Château Malescasse Haut Medoc $30
44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot
Sunday we are featuring VERMOUTH!
Vermouth is made with white wine, infused with herbs and spices, sweetened with sugar and fortified with liquor. BroVo, a Vermouth maker in Woodenville, highlights Washington wine in their vermouth, all from the Wahluke Slope. BroVo reached out to local bartenders to have them create new recipes before settling on four. This Sunday you can taste their lineup.
BroVo Witty Dry Vermouth 750ml — $20, 187ml — $12
Base is Sauvignon Blanc from Wahluke Slope. Infusion of angelica, chamomile, lemon peel, rosemary, coriander, fennel, pao d’oro bark, orange peel, burdock root, cardamom, dried rose, sage, damiana, hyssop, thyme, and marigold. Sweetened to about 1.25% sugar with a simple syrup cooked with bay leaf and vanilla bean. Recipe created by Jon Christiansen of Monsoon. 90 points, Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast
BroVo Pretty Floral Vermouth 750ml — $20, 187ml — $12
Base is Pinot Gris from Wahluke Slope. Infusion of vanilla bean, cardamom, elderflower, chamomile, lemon peel, comfrey, and angelica. Sweetened with agave nectar
BroVo Pink Rosé Vermouth 750ml — $20, 187ml — $12
Base is Pinot Noir Rosé. A hearty rosé balanced with fall flavors, Pink is combined in a three-stage process that balances four flavor segments- herbaceous, spice, floral and citrus. The herbs include summer savory, thyme, tarragon and basil. There’s a beautiful fall spice load- clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Then the citrus- orange and lemon combine with rose, lavender and rose geranium. Sweetened with agave nectar. Gold medal, 93 points, Beverage Tasting Institute
BroVo Jammy Sweet Vermouth 750ml — $20, 187ml — $12
Base is Merlot from Wahluke Slope. Infusion of cherries, hibiscus, ginger, tellicherry peppercorns, coriander seed, orange peel, lemon peel, cacao nibs, and decaf coffee beans. Sweetened with agave nectar. Platinum medal, 96 points, Beverage Tasting Institute
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.