In 1981, there were 19 wineries. Today, there are more than 900.

The “Evergreen State” is the second largest wine producer in the United States.

Over the past seven years, nearly fifty percent of Washington State wines reviewed by Wine Spectator received scores of 90 points or higher.

Sixteen hours average sunlight per day, about one more hour than California’s prime growing region.

Washington is home to Fourteen wine growing regions that produce nearly Seventy varieties.

Eight inches annual rainfall in Eastern Washington (the major grape growing region). Thirty-Five  to Thirty-Eight inches in Western Washington.

The wineries of Washington State are at approximately the same latitude (46-47 degrees) as Bordeaux, France. “Interesting Facts”  provided via Wine Warehouse, CA.

L’Ecole No. 41 Lumininesce White Wine 2015

A 3rd Generation family owned, winery is located in the Frenchtown School depicted on the wine label. They’re established in the Walla Walla Valley. The main focus is Semillon blended with Sauvignon Blanc which is typical of any Bordeaux varietal. On the nose is a medium plus note of honeysuckle and some tropical fruits. There is a slight taste of Cedar from the barrel aging, but not overpowering which can be overdone at times by some winemakers. There’s a crisp taste with a slight mineral but floral taste in the wine. I  think this is a good stand alone, conversation wine. No food is needed to pair as can be the case for some bolder White Bordeaux.

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Locations Washington Red

Locations wine is the epitome, of why the French sometimes yearn for less restrictions that have been placed on the many Chateau, houses, Cote. It is a blend across many appellations, taking away the traditional winemaking restrictions for a little freedom for the winemaker to do with what he wants, instead of being stymied by social wine circles. It is a blend of Syrah, Merlot, Petit Syrah barrel aged 10 months in French and American  Oak. There is a primary medium plus red fruit on the nose, with some leather, some earthy wet leaves, and then a scent of black currant as the wine gets a little oxygen. I personally get the flavor of plum, chocolate, and framboise. Brown spices, and black tea, emerge later.  I enjoyed this with Filet Mignon, which I usually don’t enjoy, typically lacking the marbling  I prefer in a rib-eye. I’ll definitely buy more for the cellar and future dinner engagements. I only wish I had the opportunity to work on the wine label itself! In my humble opinion.

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L’Ecole No. 41 Ferguson Estate 2013

A “Bordeaux Blend” from the Walla Walla Valley. Clean on the nose, black fruit, ripe rich plum with a black pepper on the nose. The taste was superb and I’m glad wasn’t one of my blind tastes at the Court of Master’s Somm test! I would’ve failed for sure. The 2011 vintage was in a competition in 2014, which included 15,007 wines that were judged by 224 international wine experts, including 66 Masters of Wine and 18 Master Sommeliers. Just 33 international trophies were awarded-0.22 percent of the total wines entered. The 2011 vintage won the top award for Bordeaux varieties at the Decanter World Wine Awards, which is considered by some to be the largest and most prestigious wine competitions in the world.

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