Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Meet the Griswalds….

So it has been decided both sets of parents will be spending Christmas at the Wine Chick and her husband’s home. With images of the Griswalds and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation flashing through my head, I think this bringing together of two families calls for Columbia Crests Two Vines Cabernet – 2006.

Two Vines is smooth and full bodied with fruit forward flavors consisting of ripe black cherries, plum, smoky vanilla notes and a slight oakiness. The wine is aged 12 months in oak barrels. The color in the glass is a ruby red indicating the aging of at least 2-5 years.

Columbia Crest is the Pacific Northwest’s largest winery and Two Vines its largest production. Columbia Crest is located in Columbia Valley, Washington east of the Cascade Mountains. At 14,000 feet high, the mountains block eastward-moving wet weather systems from the Pacific Ocean. This leaves the region with just 6-8 inches of rain per year and the perfect growing climate for the Cabernet grape.

So as the months roll by, stay tuned for more updates on Clark, Eddie and all the Griswald glan. I hope they leave Snots the dog and the cat at home!

Chickadee’s word of the day:
Oakiness – A toasty vanilla flavor and fragrance in wines that have been aged in new or lightly toasted oak barrels.

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