Tag Archive: Walla Walla Wine


This delightful blend from Rasa Vineyards, from Walla Walla, Washington is one of the best Washington wines that I’ve had. It’s a perfect blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, and Petite Verdot. Titled, “In Order to Form a More Perfect Union,” this 2013 blend is aptly named, both for our fast paced political climate, and for the union of these grapes. It is dark, inky garnet, fancy, lace-stocking’d legs in the glass. It’s body is muscular, but round, powerfully striking, but feminine. She is a socialite queen, but not delicate, rather, commanding in presence. She is black cherries, refined plums, with cinnamon, and hints of blackberry juice soaked nectarines. She is an actress of bygone eras on the silver screen. She’ll steal your heart away, from a theater seat, mouth watering, heart racing.

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Walla Walla Washington

Earlier this month, I took a take a trip to Walla Walla Washington to visit family. I was able to, (they insisted on it) take a good amount of the few days I was there to visit multiple wineries.

It’s amazing to me, how much Walla Walla has changed since I was a child. Back then, there were two or three restaurants that weren’t chains, that I can personally remember. Now, there are dozens of restaurants of all varieties

Over the course of two days, I tasted my way through the following wineries:

College Cellars, of the Enology and Viticulture Center

Lagana – run by a graduate of the Enology & Viticulture Center

Lodmell Cellars

Sui Lei Winery

Goose Ridge Cellars

Eternal

Corazon

Aleromb

And one or two more that I tasted through, without taking notes. I just wanted to enjoy their wines.

It was a real pleasure to meet so many wonderful people, of all ages, who were so in love with wine. It was a rare pleasure for me, since it’s so rare, out here in Montana, that I get to talk about wine with people who know about it. Like any passion, it has it’s own language.

Over the next few days, I’ll be writing about my experiences with those wineries.

I passed my Intro to Sommelier Exam!!! First step in my dream is complete!

Dunham 3 Legged Dog 2010 is a proprietary red blend named for Eric Dunham’s 3 legged dog, Port. The blend of grapes is secret, but the wine is marvelous. It’s not nearly as austere or tannic as some Walla Walla wines seem to be. It’s full of red fruit, figs, blackberry tang, cherries, and forest floor earthiness. There are also toasty vanilla edges to this wine’s mellow but full body.

Dunham 3 Legged Dog 2010 is a quiet afternoon in a red (cherry) velvet, high backed chair in the sun that shows through tall windows, with a book in your lap that you only glance at to read a phrase or two before gazing back out the window or dozing off.