Walla Walla may be a name that runs trippingly off the tongue, but the wines of this relatively new region are not yet the first Pacific Northwest bottlings that come immediately to mind. Spread across the southeast corner of Washington state between the Columbia and Snake rivers and dipping down into Oregon, the area only began to make wine in the 1970s. Until then, it produced apples and wheat. Today, those orchards have become vineyards and farms are now wineries, about 130 of them at last count. And until I tasted the wines of Pepper Bridge and Amavi, I did not appreciate how fine the wines of Walla Walla could be.
Three families own both wineries — the McKibbens, the Goffs and the Pellets. Swiss-born Jean- François Pellet is the winemaker.
In Amavi’s 2014 Sémillon ($24), this white grape accounts for more than 85 percent; the rest is Sauvignon Blanc. It features the round, inviting body of Sémillon and the bright acidity of Sauvignon Blanc. Add to that a refreshing hint of lemon and orange flavors and a fine balance, and it makes the perfect aperitif.
Amavi’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ($33) blends 76 percent of that grape with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and a touch of Petit Verdot and Syrah. Its aroma of dark berries carries into the taste for a wine with a smooth texture and a long and rich finish.
The name Amavi, by the way, is a combination of love (amor) and life (vita).
Pepper Bridge Winery’s 2013 Merlot ($50) is a lovely wine. It blends in 22 percent of other Bordeaux grapes to present a charming wine of beautiful balance, a delicious aroma of dark berries and spice, a silky texture and an overall elegance.
And, finally, there is Pepper Bridge Trine 2012 ($65), a brilliant blend of Bordeaux grapes with Cabernet Franc dominating at 37 percent. We’re reminded — with the first whiff, the first taste, its deep nose, full body and long and powerful aftertaste — of its heritage French grapes planted in Walla Walla. The name Trine refers to the three families that own Pepper Bridge and Amavi.
Imagine waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee, a light breeze dancing on your face, and views so beautiful you begin to think it is a simulation. The United Kingdom is teeming with unique accommodations that will please your eyes. Check out these stays with stunning views on your next U.K. adventure.
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Although much changed in the past year, Cancún still has the joie de vivre we need right now after months of cabin fever — even with safety measures in place. In fact, the first half of 2021 may be a good time to rediscover Mexico’s home-grown Caribbean resort town in a slower, more relaxed mode that contrasts its rollicking “spring break” reputation of old. One place to take in Cancún at its best is JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, a mile up from the convergence of night clubs, chain restaurants, souvenir emporiums and shopping malls along Avenida Kukulkan.
June marks Pride Month, largely credited to bisexual activist Brenda Howard who organized Gay Pride Week and the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade in 1970, one year after the Stonewall Riots. The parade eventually become the New York City Pride March, leading to Pride Month and similar parades and marches around the world.
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