A Big Time Chardonnay For A Little Price!

2015 Coach House Chardonnay

I’m always on the look out for a good Chardonnay that is what Chardonnay lovers want – a good textured, creamy wine with a nice buttery soft texture without a ton of oak. And while you can find these for $35-50 pretty easily, it’s almost impossible to find a good one that’s under $20. Most in that price category are “unoaked” or lightly oaked – which is fine, but they tend to be light and crisp and lack that creamy texture people want.

I can’t tell you why we were able to get such a screaming deal on this delicious Chardonnay, but I can tell you it’s exactly what I was looking for. This wine from a tiny Washington producer is hand crafted and sourced from two vineyards in Yakima, then aged “sur lie” which means they leave the yeast sediment in the barrel while it’s aging to add layers of flavor.

And while 50% of this wine aged in new French Oak and the rest in previously used barrels, the wine gets its creaminess without being overly oaky at the same time.  Most wine at this price would be lucky if it was “oaked” with wood chips rather than new $1000 barrels.

Expect that buttery popcorn flavor with hints of pear and melon, and a subtle Meyer lemon finish with a good rich texture without going overboard. For this price I bought a case for myself at what was a one time winery direct deal!

https://madwine.com/chardonnay/93164-coach-house-cellars-chardonnay-2015.html

Napa Goes Big On Washington Cabernet

By Sommelier David LeClaire

2015 Canvasback Cabernet – Red Mt.
90 Points – Wine Enthusiast
92 Points – James Suckling
92 Points – Wine Advocate
93 Points – Wine & Spirits

In 2011 after conducting extensive blind tastings between Napa Valley and Washington Cabernet Sauvignons, Duckhorn Vineyards was so excited about the quality and character of the wines from Washington State, and in particular the exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons from Red Mountain, they decided to invest in Washington.

Working with legendary Washington vineyard manager Dick Boushey, they began cultivating relationships with the growers who farm some of the appellation’s most esteemed vineyards, as well as planting their own vineyards. This was one of the first ever serious investments in Washington from a well respected Napa winery. As with all Duckhorn wines, they needed to name the wine after a duck, so they came up with Canvasback, a duck native to the Pacific Flyway. 

This wine has received some pretty lofty scores, with 4 esteemed publications all giving it 90+ points, as it has notable presence and depth with a creamy fine-grained texture and gorgeous flavors of black plum, marionberry, with notes of nutmeg and hazelnut. Yet it’s the restranied nature of this wine that had the critics impressed, as it drinks more like a French Bordeaux than a big juicy Washington Cab.

The balance comes in part to it’s Bordeaux style makeup, with 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc with 20 months in barrel 98% French oak barrels. Duckhorn is going all in on Washington Cabernet. And if you want to see what Napa is up to in Washington, give this a try!

Mouth Wide Shut: A Physical Improv Comedy

Classic comedy reimagined! This fun interactive show pushes the boundaries of physical humor. In Mouth Wide Shut, our experienced improvisers use your suggestions to create stories, laughter, playful kinetic energy, and a few surprises using only physical humor…without any words. Inspired by silent movies, classical mime, and groups like the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. From the producers of Seattle Theatresports.

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Mouth Wide Shut: A Physical Improv Comedy

Classic comedy reimagined! This fun interactive show pushes the boundaries of physical humor. In Mouth Wide Shut, our experienced improvisers use your suggestions to create stories, laughter, playful kinetic energy, and a few surprises using only physical humor…without any words. Inspired by silent movies, classical mime, and groups like the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. From the producers of Seattle Theatresports.

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Mouth Wide Shut: A Physical Improv Comedy

Classic comedy reimagined! This fun interactive show pushes the boundaries of physical humor. In Mouth Wide Shut, our experienced improvisers use your suggestions to create stories, laughter, playful kinetic energy, and a few surprises using only physical humor…without any words. Inspired by silent movies, classical mime, and groups like the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. From the producers of Seattle Theatresports.

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Mouth Wide Shut: A Physical Improv Comedy

Classic comedy reimagined! This fun interactive show pushes the boundaries of physical humor. In Mouth Wide Shut, our experienced improvisers use your suggestions to create stories, laughter, playful kinetic energy, and a few surprises using only physical humor…without any words. Inspired by silent movies, classical mime, and groups like the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. From the producers of Seattle Theatresports.

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Mouth Wide Shut: A Physical Improv Comedy

Classic comedy reimagined! This fun interactive show pushes the boundaries of physical humor. In Mouth Wide Shut, our experienced improvisers use your suggestions to create stories, laughter, playful kinetic energy, and a few surprises using only physical humor…without any words. Inspired by silent movies, classical mime, and groups like the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. From the producers of Seattle Theatresports.

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Inside Story: Adventures in Storytelling

An exciting exploration of storytelling in several exciting forms. These talented cast of improvisers is inspired to create stories from your true-life secret, personal, and funny stories. It’s The Moth meets Whose Line is it Anyway, only less formatted, more spontaneous and out of control fun! Come share an Inside Story.

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Duo Comedy Showcase

The Duo Comedy Improv Showcase is Seattle’s ONLY improv open mic. Each show features multiple two-person teams doing what they do best: creating spontaneous scenes on the fly that are so hilarious, quick-witted and perfectly constructed, it’s hard to believe they are made up on the spot. Using suggestions from the audience to fuel the funny fire.

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Duo Comedy Showcase

The Duo Comedy Improv Showcase is Seattle’s ONLY improv open mic. Each show features multiple two-person teams doing what they do best: creating spontaneous scenes on the fly that are so hilarious, quick-witted and perfectly constructed, it’s hard to believe they are made up on the spot. Using suggestions from the audience to fuel the funny fire.

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