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Syrah, also know as Shiraz, Hermitage and Marsanne Noir
Originally from the Rhone area in France
While Syrah is only Washington States 5th most widely planted grape, it is rapidly approaching the signature wine in the state. The possibility of Washington State as the premier grower of Syrah in America may soon be a reality.
Popularity for this vatietal has expolded and Washington has seen double digit increases in sales over the past few years years. California still leads over Washington in production in the United States.
Washington State Syrah ripens well in eastern Washington's long, hot growing season, and the vines thrive in its rocky soils, which are similiar to the Rhône region.
When pairing foods with a wine that requires a robust, spicy, heavy character consider Syrah as a great choice.
Watch out Australia. You can call it Shiraz in your country, but we call it kick-butt production of Syrah of the finest quality here in Washington.
Gorman “Bully” 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Top Pick for 2008 Tasting) Woodinville, WA Red Mountain, AVA Winemaker: Chris Goreman
Yakima River 2001 Merlot – Prosser, WA, Yakima Valley AVA, Winemaker John Rauner
Vidon Vineyard 2006 Pinot Noir Chehalem Mtn. AVA Willamette Valley, OR. Winemaker Don Hagge
Benagas Lynch 2002 Meritage – Benegas Family, Mendoza, Argentina
Col Solare – 2004 Red Wine, Columbia Valley,WA. A celebration between Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori and Washington State’s Chateau Ste. Michelle
Sterling Vineyards 2004 Diamond Mtn. Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 St. Helena Napa, CA
Longevity- JM Cellars 2005 – 100% Merlot. Magnum only.
Woodinville, WA, Columbia Valley AVA
Great Value Wines
Sterling Vineyards 2005 North Coast Zinfandel Napa Valley, CA
De Beaumont Cellars 2007 VSR White Meritage – Sonoma, CA
Alamos Vineyards 2007 Torrontes, The Wines of Catena, Salta, Argentina. This is Argentina’s signature white grape.
Signorello Vineyards 2006 Zinfandel, Luvisi Vineyard, Napa, CA
You got it! Produced in Oregon from Zinfandel grapes mainly from Mendocino, California. Maragas Winery, Doug Maragas winemaker, Culver City, OR. And to top if off, Maragas 2005 "Legal Zin" takes a Gold Medal in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Great wine Doug! Congrats!
By Lynnell Morgan
1. Oregon’s most dominant grape variety is _______________________________________
2. Cabernet Sauvignon is a Bordeaux grape. T F
3. The prized grape growing region of Red Mountain is located in: Washington or Oregon
4. The late David Lett was known as Papa Pinot in which valley ?_______________________
5. AVA’s are wine growing region in the Northwest. AVA stands for? ____________________
6. Vineyards on the east side of Washington’s Cascade Mountains comprise 99% of Washington’s wine grapes T F
7. What state ranks 2nd to California in wine production in the US? ____________________
8. Horse Heaven Hills is an AVA is which state? _____________________________________
9. A clone is essentially a subdivision of a varietal grape. T F
10. In the Northwest the white Pinot grape is known as _______________________________
11. The Columbia Gorge AVA lies in both Oregon and Washington. T F
12. There are many Northwest Boutique wineries located near the towns of Newberg and Dundee. Which state are these two towns located in? ______________________________
13. The number of wineries in Oregon has doubled in the last decade. T F
14. Last year a new AVA received federal approval- the Snake River AVA. Most of this AVA
is located in which state? _________________
15. The Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley growing regions are located where? _______
16. The number of wineries in British Columbia in 2009 are approx. (choose one) 170 110
17. The top red grape of British Columbia (by acreage planted) is Malbac T or F
18. Snipes Mountain AVA became official on Feb 20, 2009 and is located in which state? ______
19. The largest AVA is Washington State is the Columbia Valley AVA T or F
20. The top white grape of British Columbia (by acreage planted) is Chardonnay T or F
Check out by blog next week for the answers to this quiz and to view the 2nd Edition of NW Wine Trivia Quiz.