Friday, July 30, 2010

100 Starfish and Counting…

It’s mid-summer crazy, busy at the winery… and late Monday night I looked at my calendar (I can barely keep one day ahead of myself) and realized I had a 24 hour “open” window of time.

Was it real, did I forget something?

No, I’m free!!!!

Quickly processing the possibilities of what I could accomplish and check off my list...laundry,weed the vineyard, vacuum the cellar, clean out the refrigerator. No, No and Hell No.

So what does a Working Girl do… Google It!!

In less than an hour I found a rental in Clallam Bay available for one night only, got Harley a grooming/overnight boarding (didn’t know if we would be places that are not paw friendly), emptied the refrigerator into a cooler, and we’re the heck out of Dodge… a.k.a. Sequim, WA.

The sun is shining and Ralph and I are headed West!

First Stop… the grocery store. I forgot two of the basic food groups, Coffee and Wine. Can you believe I forgot WINE? I did remember the corkscrew. More on the wine later.

First stop, Toga’s Soup House for lunch in Port Angeles. Dungeness Crab Sandwich for me and Salmon for Ralph. And, a Huge piece of coconut pineapple cake for later. Outside patio seating… I’m really getting in the Road Trip mood.

Second stop, Salt Creek… to just sit on the beach and soak in the sun.

Then, off to Allen’s Beach Hideaway!!!! The beach is unbelievable at low tide… tide pools as far as you can see. I got so excited because the beach had perfect white rocks which I collect. I stopped at 24 to commenorate my 24 hour get-away.

I had nick-named the beach the “White Rock Beach” until this morning when I started counting starfish in the tide pools. I counted ten, then I set the goal at 30, then I was going for the decade birthday number and when I passed 100, Geez Louise do we live in paradise or what. Pink, salmon, brown, purple and Sequim purple (deep lavender) colored starfish.

24 hour Get Away. Grab It When You Can. No Fuss, No Muss, Little Planning. Just Enjoy.

Back home now and geared up for tomorrow… I’m finishing off the bottle of wine as I write. It’s Goose Ridge 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon. I drank this wine first at Wildfire Grill. This is a great wine; the fruit literally jumps out of the bottle. Makes me think there is some additional varietals in the wine because of the flavors and nose… in Washington you can blend up to 25% of other wines and still label it as a Merlot or Cab, etc. I think there is Syrah and maybe Cab Franc, but Benoit would know immediately.

I’m so use to drinking our wines which are 100% of the varietal grape on the label. Benoit is a “purist”; I think that comes from his French winemaking background. He told me that when he drinks a Cab, he wants it to be a Cab. If he makes a blend then you know it.

This weekend, I’m going to do taste our 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon and “another bottle” of Goose Ridge side by side. A little education on my part. I don’t know if I can be objective because we are so loving our 2006 Cab Sauvignon… it has aged to a deep, rich, velvety wine with great flavors and a long finish. Just a perfect Cab.

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Cheers, Kathy

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Real Men Drink Lavender Wine

Okay, Okay... Let me explain.

While most of our grapes come from Eastern Washington, we do make a local wine from grapes grown right here on the Olympic Peninsula.

We pick Madeleine Angevine (a grape originating from Germany) at Dungeness Bay Vineyard just about a mile from my home. The 2009 wine is our 4th vintage and I believe our best ever.

The first couple of vintages were not all that ripe and the wine just needed something to give it more flavor and depth. (Still a bit too cool on the Peninsula even for cool weather grapes. No global warming for us.)

Lisa Martin who has a chemistry background had just started working at the winery and suggested infusing lavender into the wine because the citrus notes of the wine and lavender naturally pair well together.

So we did... and the "New Blend" was born and aptly name, Le Mélange Nouveau.

I've been so thrilled with the 2009 vintage that we started tasting it over the 4th instead of waiting for our official release date of July 10. I justified it to myself as test marketing.

Our guests are loving it although many of the men declined to taste that "Lavender Wine".

But, the men who were adventurous were surprised how much they enjoyed it and one gentleman Made My Day!

To quote him (although he wants to remain anonymous), "It really is good. I guess Real Men Do Drink Lavender Wine".


Ps. Hope you can join use for our Wine Release Weekend on July 10-11

Friday, July 2, 2010

Only U.S. BLUES Band at Olympics and Now at Olympic Cellars

I just googled this amazing story about the Red Hot Blues Sisters and their band who will be in concert at Olympic Cellars on Saturday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

Imagine my 'glee' when I read about this being the only Blues Band that performed at the 2010 Olympics... And the 'Sisters' will perform on the Olympic Peninsula at Olympic Cellars. You know I'm still a bit sensitive about the USOC and our little tussle about keeping our winery name, Olympic Cellars.

This is a sign! An amazing concert during our wine release weekend and this Working Girl is going to celebrate... you know, that decade birthday. So join me... and share the night with friends, family, music, great wine and great food. Cheers, Kathy

I'm listening to this song while "Walkin the Dog", Harley... the winery dog.