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Wine to Drink with Tulips

Pasek Cellars Tulip Red 2009
Varietal: 100% Mouvedre
Appellation: Red Mountain, WA
Price: $9.99
Located just down the road from us in Conway, Pasek Cellars is the largest producer of fruit wines in Washington — crafting a variety that includes cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, loganberry, pineapple, passionfruit, a handful of dessert wines, and a few grape wines, too. Every year, Pasek Cellars introduces a new red and white wine in celebration of Skagit Valley’s Tulip Festival.

This year’s Tulip Red is made with all Washington fruit from the Red Mountain appellation. The wine was made by Kiona Vineyards Winery, and produced by Pasek Cellars. Kiona is the pioneer winery from Red Mountain, and produces a number of well-established, well-reviewed wines under its own label. This is a 2009 vintage of 100% estate-grown Mouvedre.

The Tulip Red is smooth, round, and fruit-forward with rich black fruit, including black cherry, blackberry, and plum. Normally, fruit from Red Mountain can be high-strung and tannic when it’s brand new: giving it six years to age rounds it out and makes for a beautiful bottle of wine.

Canoe Ridge Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay 2012
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills, WA (Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Wallula)
Price: $11.99
We scored a really good deal on this wine. Hooray for us, hooray for you! Normally, this wine is $21.99, we now have it for $11.99! $11.99!

Horse Heaven Hills AVA is adjacent to Red Mountain AVA. For a fun Washington wine tasting, we recommend trying the Tulip Red and Canoe Ridge Chardonnay together to explore different experiences from two of Washington’s most well-established AVAs.

The texture of this Reserve Chardonnay is big and rich. It has the quintessential Chardonnay build: buttery, with a nice amount of oak, and rounded out with pineapple, lemon curd, and bright acidity. Enjoy flavors of roasted pear and toasted coconut on the finish.


By: Co-op Staff

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