Washington Wine Month
by Diane Symms | March 4, 2014March is Washington Wine Month – A Celebration of World-Class Wines!
The next time you raise your glass of wine to celebrate a special occasion or simply to enjoy a glass of wine with your meal, choose a Washington State wine, known for excellent quality and outstanding value. Washington State is not only famous worldwide for its apples, cherries, airplanes and software, but now for its world-class wines! The quality and availability of these wines has risen so fast, that they now rival wines from Italy, France, and closer to home, Napa Valley. You will be amazed at the number of Washington wines that you can find in the Top 100 lists of popular publications and wine reviews.
From Chardonnay to Merlot, there are many different varietals that thrive in the conditions found in our state. However, Cabernet Sauvignon – by itself or in blends, has produced more great bottles of wine than any other varietals. If you like your flavors up front, wines that are easy to drink and are not overly tannic, then Washington State is your place and Cabernet Sauvignon is your wine. The heady, fruity character of this complex grape develops slowly. It is generally grown in the warmer areas of the Columbia Valley. The vines are choice plantings for growers because of their hardy vine stalks and resistance to the cold winter frost that are commonplace in Eastern Washington. Another advantage Washington State has over its grape growing cousins is the number of days of sunshine – over 300 in Eastern WA, and the angle of the sun, which improves the grapes ripening opportunities.
One of the most noted traits of Cabernet Sauvignon is its affinity for oak, either during the fermentation process or in the barrel aging. In addition to having a softening effect on the grape’s naturally high tannins, the unique wood flavors of vanilla and spice complement the natural grape flavors of black current and tobacco.
March may be the offical "Washington Wine Month," but here at Lombardi's, we celebrate the bounty of Washington wines year round!