Vineyard: Snoqualmie in Columbia Valley
Region: Washington, Pacific Northwest
Food Pairing Suggestions: Duck, wild rice, cheesecake
My Tasting Notes: Soft and smooth, juicy plum, dried blueberries, oak, currants, marionberry, lingering smoke finish
Sponsored Post: A bottle of wine was provided for tasting notes.
Snoqualmie syrah is soft and smooth with predominant notes of juicy plum, hints of dried blueberries, oak, currants and marionberry. It has a lingering smoke finish. The combination of fruit and smoke pairs well with duck and vegetables roasted in duck fat. Specific dates vary per state, but duck season has arrived for many areas and is a delicious seasonal fall treat. For my vegetarian friends I would recommend wild rice casseroles or wild rice stuffed mushrooms. This wine is lovely with herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme.
Snoqualmie vineyard has a selection of wines available exclusively using organic grapes and their winery as a whole practices sustainable agriculture in harvesting and bottling their wine. Per Joy Anderson, “The Columbia Valley AVA is located east of the Cascade Mountains and receives just six to eight inches of rainfall annually. The soils are nutrient poor, deep, and sandy with low water-holding capacity which encourages fruit development rather than vine growth. Warm, sunny days and cool evening temperatures create ideal conditions for intense aroma, flavor and acidity development in the ripening grapes”
Snoqualmie Syrah is widely available and an excellent price point for quality wine. John and I both highly recommend it.