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Festive Washington Wines at Third Street Cafe

The season for richer and full bodied wine is here. Celebrate the winter season with buttery whites and hearty reds. Below, you’ll find three of our favorite Washington wines available by the glass at Third Street Cafe.

L’ecole N°41 2016 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
L’Ecole N° 41 is a third generation, family-owned artisan winery located in the historic Frenchtown School in Walla Walla. Internationally acclaimed and known for its winemaking excellence, L’ecole N°41’s Chardonnay is grown in the Columbia Valley, home to some of the best Chardonnays in Washington State.

This beautifully expressive Chardonnay offers an inviting mix of baked apple, dried mango, brioche and stone. Complex, with excellent balance the finish builds to a long fruit-mineral-spice aftertaste.

Thurston Wolfe 2015 Family Red
Located in Prosser, Thurston Wolfe has making wine since the 1980s – another family-run show that goes way back. The cool thing about this blend is the unusual mix of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Lemberger made with decades of local knowledge. This wine reminds me of when you walk into a tasting room in the middle of a hot summer day: the dust, the warm aroma of wine, and the luxurious sip of red wine swallowing you up with happiness and good memories – a great place to visit in the cool of winter.

Dr. Wolfe’s Family Red has flavors of dark fruit and oak spice. Cozy this wine up with a warm, hearty pasta.

Murray 2016 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
“Get the best grapes and don’t screw them up.” It seems like a simple wine making philosophy, but like most things, is easier said than done. It’s this philosophy that led Tim & Kelly Hightower to Red Mountain, the source of some of the best grapes, and wine, in Washington.

The 2016 Murray Red Mountain Cab Sauv is the second label from famed Hightower Cellars, named after a golden lab who is long gone, but fondly remembered. Why not try cabernet from one of Washington’s most famous AVAs? Tim and Kelly Hightower have all the connections and drive to make Red Mountain fruit show its stuff. We’d like to raise a glass to another family-owned Washington winery with prestige, priced well for the quality.

Craving more than just one glass? Join us for Winedown Wednesdays and get half-price bottles of wine every Wednesday during dinner at Third Street Cafe, on premise only.

By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.