As I walked out the doors of the new Dish it up! Ballard store, I noticed that Lopez Island Vineyards has a booth at the Ballard Farmers Market almost directly across from the shop. Vivian was recently waxing poetic about their Siegerrebe after having it poured for her at The Herbfarm’s One Hundred Mile Dinner. Unfortunately, wineries are not currently allowed to pour their wines at farmers markets so I knew I wouldn’t be able to sample their goods that day.
That’s why I am thrilled that this Sunday December 12th from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. the winery will be offering a special tasting at Dish it up! The shop regularly features a different wine each week. This tasting will be really exceptional, though. Brent Charnley, President and Winemaker of Lopez Island Vineyards will be in the house! He will be pouring not just one, but FOUR of the winery’s treasured wines. They are somewhat unique in that one of these wines is grown here in the Puget Sound AVA, and several are organic.
Brent will be pouring these wines from Lopez Island Vineyards (tasting notes are adapted from the Lopez Island Vineyards website):
Madeleine Angevine: Originally this grape hails from the Loire Valley of France, also a marine influenced region. The wine is barrel fermented in older oak barrels to add to the complexity. An added bonus – the grapes are grown under organic and Salmon Safe certifications.
Dry Rosé: Think rose is only good for sipping on summer days? Shame on you! Rosé is terrific for holiday dinners (think cranberries) and is a versatile food wine. This one is made from Syrah and Cab Franc and is another organic selection.
Malbec: Produced with certified organically grown grapes from the famous Doc Stewart vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. The heat of this region combined with the sparse sandy soils creates some of the more powerful red wines in our state.
Cab Merlot: This year’s blend is 85% Cabernet, 10% Merlot and 5% Malbec, a wine of depth and complexity with flavors and aromas of blackberry, cherry, tobacco, oak, cedar and smoke. This is a full bodied wine, ideal for chasing away the winter’s dark edges.
Interested in giving these wines a try? The Dish it up! Ballard location is located at 5320 Ballard Avenue Northwest in Seattle. The Ballard Farmer’s Market will be in full swing right outside the shop’s doors. Wine from Lopez Island Vineyards will be available for purchase at their booth at the market as well as at Dish it up! Tasting takes place from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 12th.
Disclaimer: I work at Dish it up! Even if that were not the case, I would recommend this tasting of Washington wines.