Stevie and I are self-diagnosed wine snobs. Plain and simple. Before we left the United States, we went on a four month wine tour from LA to Canada, visiting a total of 152 wineries, (remember here). Over the last couple years, we’ve suffered a serious wine drought living south of the border. But that drought ended when we arrived in Seattle.
My brother, sister, and father gave us the best gift ever. They took me shopping and let me pick out an insane line-up consisting of the best labels from the best wineries on the west coast, (heavy on the Willamette Valley Pinots since they are the hardest to get anywhere but in the Northwest).
Not joking…. I had to scribe it just so we’d always remember…
2007 St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Robert Biale Party Line Zinfandel
2008 Frog’s Leap Rutherford
2009 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Archery Summit Premier Cuvee Pinot Noir (2 bottles)
2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Reserve
2009 Domaine Serene Jerusalem Hill Pinot Noir
2009 Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvee Pinot Noir
2009 Bethel Heights Casteel Reserve Pinot Noir
2010 St Innocent Justice Pinot Noir
2009 Portte’us Old Vine Zinfandel Reserve (complements of Brent)
2009 L’Ecole Apogee – Walla Walla
2008 Jacob Williams Zinfandel – Gorge (complements of Cheryll Anglin)
2008 Quenett Viognier - Gorge (complements of Cheryll Anglin)
2009 Justin Isosceles Cabernet Sauvignon – Paso Robles
2010 Cristom Pinot Gris - Willamette Valley
2010 King Estate Pinot Gris - Willamette Valley
That’s how the week started, and it’s just been getting better ever since.
Soleil representing Wu-Tang Clan in the great northwest…
Uncle Adam meeting Sol for the first time…
Nica and Theo could not wait to meet their new cousin! Sure enough, wherever Sol went, Nica and Theo were right there. They did a very good job taking turns holding her…
Pa getting to know his grandaughter…
Pa and Nana getting some rare alone time with Sol without Nica and Theo hovering and asking for a turn…
Making ginger bread houses…
Enjoying the wine…
Kicking it with some of the Hood River family…
Cheryll Anglin, Arlene Burns, Walter Burkhart (missing John and Jenn Hart)
Loving time with Sarah and Ryan Bahn and their two beautiful kids.
So, we’re half way through our visit here in the States and time is flying by. We’ll be here in Seattle through New Years, and then we’ll fly back to LA for a couple days. Then back to Lima. We’re really enjoying the time with family!
Merry Christmas all,
TREE, Stevie, Soleil