Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Try the Bubbly & the Cider!

Two options for your Easter or Mothers Day Brunch in the Yakima Valley, Washington's Wine Country.

Treveri Cellars, Yakima's only handcrafted sparkling wine tasting facility, "The Sparkle" Tasting Room. Treveri sparkling wine is produced by the in-bottle fermentation of the wine to effect carbonation. Why is this called sparkling wine instead of Champagne? The majority of US-produced sparkling wines do not use the term "champagne" on their labels because the name is reserved exclusively for sparkling wines from the Champagne region of France. If you ask Julie or Juergen Grieb, they would be happy to explain the process and let you tour the on site bottling facility, if the tasting room isn't to busy. When visiting the Treveri Tasting room in Downtown Yakima you will be introduced to four sparkling wines served chilled to experience the full flavor.
  • Chardonnay Brut; smooth, complex and crisp(less than 1.5% sugar)
  • Pinot Gris Extra-Sec; semi dry finish(off dry 1.2-2% sugar)
  • Reisling Demi-Sec; semi dry flavor (3.5-5.%sugar)
  • Gewurztraminer.Demi-Sec; spice and exotic fruit aromas.
"The Sparkle" Tasting Room is located at 225 S. 2nd Ave., Yakima, WA.,1 block south of Walnut Ave., Downtown Yakima.

Tieton Cider Works is located in the small artist community of Tieton, WA made famous by the establishment of Mighty Tieton. Currently this boutique farm produces five ciders, which are available for tasting at events all over the state such as Taste Washington, Washington Brewers Festival, Mighty Tieton Events and Yakima Fresh Hop Ale Festival.

  • Blossom Nectar Cider, the sweetest cider with hints of melon and vanilla with a long finish.
  • Cherry Cider, definitely an apple cider, with a taste of cherry and like clove and cinnamon spices and a medium finish.
  • Harmony Reserve Cider with hints of lemon and hazelnut with pomegranate at the beginning of the long finish.
  • Tieton Blend Cider is the driest cider with clean citrus and crisp apple notes, with a nice long finish.
  • Wild Washington Apple Cider hints of pineapple, caramel and slight oak or wood flavor with a medium finish.
You may purchase these ciders locally at Gilbert Cellars, Stems, The Tasting Room, Thompson's Farm Market or online directly.

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