In researching a consumer inquiry we came across two of the most well-known wine critics and journalists, Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher from the Wall Street Journal. Here are a few of the most common reader questions. We have adapted the answers to reflect a Woodinville Wine Country perspective.
For over 35 years, Brian Carter has been mixing it up: Old World traditions with Northwest fruit, 6 Washington AVAs with 12 different vineyards, and complex wine blends combined with the casual, friendly atmosphere of a little yellow tasting room in Woodinville’s Hollywood District.
Wine is that rare drink that needs no accompaniment. No surprise then that some of the most common wine descriptors relate to food: chewy, jammy or buttery, to name just a few. That said, who would argue that the right nosh brings out the best in a fine wine? Winemakers, of course, know this only too well, which is why the best ones offer delicious bites of their own, or position themselves conveniently close to great eateries. And we’re not talking about only fancy or filling, included are simple, flavorful morsels that add volumes to any wine-tasting experience.
When Darren Des Voigne opened Woodinville’s Des Voigne Cellars a decade ago, he had more than wine on his mind. Like many boutique winemakers, Des Voigne also had a growing love for craft beer. Why not create great wines and beer under one roof? Now, state laws have finally allowed him to fulfill his vision. In keeping with the jazz theme of his winery, Des Voigne recently opened B Side Brewing, a delicious microbrewery that lives and breathes side-by-side with his acclaimed winery. A trip to Des Voigne will leave any visitor wondering why no one has paired the production of these two before.