Wine libraries are not at least. Wine library may conjure images of one’s dream collection of the world’s best wines or perhaps a collection of tasting notes from a self-proclaimed sommelier or it may just be a medieval term with wines as outdated as the name.
Commonly referred to as the wine cellar, the Cathedral Ridge Wine Library is our opportunity to showcase our best wines with a collection of tasting notes from our own sommeliers. With original Flerchinger Vineyard vintages, Halbtrocken lovers would be beside themselves, to Merlot and Zinfandel verticals and even our famed Rusty Red from the beginning, our Wine Library is a dream for those who love our wine.
With Passport Weekend upon us, we invite you to join us to venture into the library for a complimentary Reserve Cellar Tasting and if you love what you find, we’re offering 10% all reserve cellar purchases. But don’t fret; if you can’t make it this weekend, we welcome you to come in for a visit and perhaps an opportunity to venture into our library and our history. Enjoy the beauty of a different kind of library.
It’s likely you’ve seen him roaming the winery grounds and there’s a good chance he’s attempted to solicit a pet or two from anyone that glances his way. Always bounding about, our hardworking and faithful winery dog Rusty, is a beloved CRW family member.
It seems like just yesterday that I missed a day of school to travel up north into Central Washington to pick-up the newest member of our family. Driving home, he was immediately dissatisfied with traveling in his crate and ended up making the journey home asleep in my lap and it hasn’t changed much since, even though he’s quadrupled in size. Growing up, Rusty was another brother. Always protective, an endless playmate and I even had to share the backseat on family road trips with him, wrestling for who got the most room and always losing.
Aside from being a brother, Rusty is also a top-notch bird dog, but you’ll have to read that story on the bottle of wine dedicated to Rusty himself, our Rusty Red. A complex wine with rich, jammy blackberry, hints of chocolate, a bit of smoke and a touch of earthiness. A little bit of everything, just like Rusty is to our family.
We invite you out to say hello to Rusty and of course have a glass of wine. And keep an eye out for our newest family member, Rhett, a bundle of exuberant puppy racing around the grounds. Something tells me that his tribute wine will be a bit more spicy.
These guys are having a good time, so why shouldn’t you? This Tuesday, November 6 will likely be the last we see of political advertisements for at least two years. If you’re planning to either host or attend an election night party, one key ingredient everyone can agree on is that good wine is essential. The Wine Market Council has done some polling of their own to help you offer politically correct wine to your host or guests. Apparently, Red State wine drinkers are “more likely to purchase an unfamiliar brand of wine, drink at home, and select wine by how well it pairs with meals,” while Blue State wine drinkers are “more likely to drink Champagne or sparkling wine, try wine from a local winery, or purchase wine made from sustainably or organically grown grapes.” If you’re attending a bipartisan party, best to have your bases covered: Select a local, versatile wine, such as Cathedral Ridge 2010 Cabernet/Merlot or a Cathedral Ridge 2010 Pinot Gris. When tensions run high, topping the glasses with either of these options should keep everyone in the right mood. And whether you find yourself celebrating a victory or drowning your sorrow, at least you’ll know your wine is a winner. Cheers!
We left off with me going crazy for a 2010 Bangsund Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, but I also tasted the 2010 Hillside Vineyard Cabernet and if you’re a fan of big, juicy, ripe cabs, this is your wine! The nose is full of blueberry, vanilla, and blackberry jam. I also loved the amazing mouth feel, so incredibly smooth and rich that I felt like I was drinking liquid velvet. This was also a wine I was bugging Robb to bottle separately, we’ll see if that comes true…
Moving on, Robb also poured me a sample of the 2010 Rockstar Red, our big, brawny, amazing Reserve wine. With 50% cabernet sauvignon from Hillside Vineyard and 50% syrah from Kortge Vineyard, both from lots that are specifically set aside for our Reserve single-varietal bottling, this is the top tier of wine Cathedral Ridge makes. It doesn’t disappoint. The bouquet is explosive, rushing out at you with gorgeous notes of cherry and spice, blackberry, and a delicious forest-floor aroma. On the palate, the Rockstar is deep and soulful, showing flavors of ripe fruit and baking spice backed by firm tannin. If you want a celebratory bottle that will age, stay tuned for this one!
As Robb and I tasted through the barrel samples, I was struck by the differences in each wine. Beyond the obvious differences between grape varieties, each wine showed a true sense of place. To the French, it’s called terroir, and when you taste through these barrel samples, I think you’ll agree.
Before I ramble too much more, I’ll end this peek into the future of Cathedral Ridge with the 2010 Ziegler Vineyard Tempranillo, full of cherries, sandalwood, and peppery spices. This wine is almost “ready”, and I think it spoke to Robb and me that day, telling us that it’s itching to get bottled and shared with all of you!
The Barrel Tasting Party is coming up, one week from now, so I urge you to buy your tickets now! If you need some more information, feel free to call the winery 1-800-516-8710 and we’ll happily get you all set to go. ^Beau
Just ran across a post on wine accessories on a favorite blog Cool Hunting. I discovered what appears to be an amazing wine opener that I’d like to try, as well as the best system yet for washing wine glasses in the dishwasher with no breakage (you’re supposed to hand-wash wine glasses, but who DOES that?). Click image for article!
Summer has been a long time coming in the Pacific Northwest, so it’s time to welcome her properly. This weekend, the weather in Hood River should be absolutely gorgeous, and Cathedral Ridge is hosting a wine tasting & picnic weekend. Voted a “Top 10 NW Wine Country Picnic Spot” by Wine Press NW, CRW invites you to assemble your best picnic finery, and enjoy a wine tasting along with a gourmet boxed lunch from Columbia Gorge Hotel (all for $15). The best picnic accoutrements (baskets! blankets!) will receive a prize: three bottles of 2008 Cabernet/Merlot and three bottles of 2009 Chardonnay for just $1. And Sunday is Father’s Day! Ditch the standard plans and give Dad something he’ll really enjoy…
Please reserve your lunch 24 hours in advance: Reserve Here
At this year’s Astoria Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival, Cathedral Ridge’s 2009 Chardonnay and 2007 Syrah won a gold and silver, respectively. These two wines in particular receive frequent accolades in the wine competition arena. The Chardonnay is a perfect pairing wine; with notes of lemon zest and buttered popcorn that tease the palate, this wine is both luscious and savory. The Syrah opens with aromas of diverse wildflowers in dark, wet soil; this wine shifts from flavors of blackberry, black cherry, thyme and rosemary.
The wine judging takes place several weeks prior to the actual festival. The actual festival will take place on April 29, 30, and May 1 in Astoria, Oregon. For more details on the festival, CLICK HERE! -AG
In my house, we never really seem to keep wine around long enough for “storage” to become an issue. We can justify opening “that special bottle” for half-birthdays. Regardless, I love to imagine one day converting a section of our dark, spider-webby, cement-walled basement into a warmly-lit, fixed-temperature wine cellar, complete with two overstuffed leather chairs and a burly tasting table. The future me will, of course, know exactly which wines would benefit from storage and have ample discipline to wait patiently for their maturation. As for now, I’ve opened my one and only bottle of Cathedral Ridge 2008 Dampier Pinot Noir and am enjoying every sip as I browse the internet for amazing home wine cellars. But hey, spring starts this weekend–that’s a reason to celebrate, right? Carpe Diem! Here are a few of my favorites found on www.Elledecor.com (-AG)
The Belgian interiors firm Bourgondisch Kruis excels at designing rustic-looking wine cellars with state-of-the-art storage technology. The vaulted walls of this cellar, built for a private Flanders residence in 2004, are made from reclaimed limestone; the cabinets were built with 17th-century oak.
Over the past three decades, textile magnate and wine fanatic Park B. Smith has built six sprawling cellars underneath his Connecticut weekend house. The vaults, which total more than 7,200 square feet and are filled with over 83,000 bottles, are decorated with Asian art and equipped with a full kitchen and dining room.
Blackberry Farm is a sophisticated yet inviting inn in the town of Walland, set in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. A 19th-century barn on the property has been converted into an elaborate wine bank, furnished with oak and stone racks, as well as a hall where selections from the farm’s 7,000 wines are paired with meals prepared using homegrown organic ingredients.
This private Luxembourg wine cellar was built in 2007 from an old wash house, so space was at a premium. The firm Degré 12 employed efficient sliding trays with LED lighting for bottles and crates.
Idaho-based firm Paul Wyatt Designs laid out this private wine cellar in Bel Air, an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood, matching the residence’s recurring motif of the pointed Tudor arch. The doorways conceal the vents of an air-conditioning system; the wine cabinets are embedded with hidden lighting.
Built with resilient all-heart redwood, the private Gallagher cellar in Miami was designed by Wine Cellar Innovations. A network of alcoves and hallways includes a corking space and a collection of wine-related art.
In response to our post about finding a second life for a gorgeous wine bottle, reader Cyndi Douglas offered a creative option, “We drilled a hole in the bottom side of the bottle and threaded white lights into it. I used them for Christmas decor but decided to leave them out year ’round.” Lovely! Thanks for the creative idea, Cyndi.
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Longtime Northwest wine author and columnist Chuck Hill enjoyed Cathedral Ridge’s 2007 Syrah and reviewed it on his site, Wines Northwest: “This Columbia Valley Syrah showed the most forward aromas of any tasted so far. Complex notes of blackberry, clove, olive and sweet herb lead to flavors of tangy berry, baking spice, cherry candy and barrel spice. Firm tannins stand up to rich food flavors of barbecue and meats from the grill.” Curiousity piqued? Try all five of our wines that include Syrah and save nearly 30%! This very special collection includes the 2007 Bordheauxd Red (53% Syrah, 34% Cab, 10% Merlot), 2007 Syrah, 2008 Rusty Red (100% Syrah), 2006 Syrah Reserve, and the 2007 Rock Star Red (50% our best Syrah, 50% our best Cab)–all for $132 (retail $182).