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Scott Greenberg
 
January 1, 2022 | Scott Greenberg

current tasting hours and health protocols

We are open for indoor wine tasting on Saturdays from 1:00-5:00 pm.  There is a $10 per person tasting fee (includes a souvenir wine glass), refundable with wine purchase.  Snack bags are also available to enjoy with your wine.  We post our tasting lineup every Friday on our social media platforms. Pursuant to State and local health requirements, all customers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Our priority is a safe and healthy environment for you and for us.

Time Posted: Jan 1, 2022 at 9:03 AM Permalink to current tasting hours and health protocols Permalink
Scott Greenberg
 
January 1, 2022 | Scott Greenberg

Enumclaw Wine and chocolate festival

The 13th annual Enumclaw Wine and Chocolate Festival is scheduled for Friday, February 4 (from 4:00-9:00 pm) and Saturday, February 5 (from 2:00-9:00 pm) at the Enumclaw Expo Center.  We will be pouring our wine at this fun event.  Click here for tickets and more information.

Time Posted: Jan 1, 2022 at 9:01 AM Permalink to Enumclaw Wine and chocolate festival Permalink
Scott Greenberg
 
January 1, 2022 | Scott Greenberg

Recent reviews and awards

Sip Magazine, Best of the Northwest:

  • 2018 Virga: Double Gold (this was the second best Rhone' style red wine in the entire judging)

The Wine Panel:

  • 2019 Fly Rod Cellars Turcks Tempranillo: 91 Points 
    "Only 86 cases of this delicious Tempranillo were crafted from fruit sourced from the Upland Vineyard on Snipes Mountain. After oak aging 22 months in expensive Seguin Moreau puncheons, 18% new, the wine tastes more like a prestigious release from Ribera del Duero than from a tiny winery located in North Bend, Washington. Expect a well-balanced, toasty wine with considerable depth and color, with both black and red fruits and a hint of vanilla and sarsaparilla on the elegant, polished long creamy finish."

Great Northwest Wine Magazine, Platinum Awards:

  • 2018 Virga: Platinum, 93 Points 
    "Snoqualmie Valley winemaker Scott Greenberg uses this Southern Rhone blend from a trio of acclaimed sites to pick off his fourth Platinum in the past five years.  He leads with Mourvedre (48%) off Weinbau, Syrah (36%) from Gamache and Grenache via Ciel du Cheval.  It's a dollop of Marionberry jam, a slice of cherry pie and a cellar-worthy supply of structure that's capped by mocha and black olive."
Time Posted: Jan 1, 2022 at 8:58 AM Permalink to Recent reviews and awards Permalink
Scott Greenberg
 
November 14, 2021 | Scott Greenberg

Fall New Wine Release and Barrel Tasting

Our Fall Release and Barrel Tasting will be on Saturday November 20 and Sunday November 21 from 1:00-5:00 pm.  We have three new highly acclaimed vineyard-designate red wines for you to enjoy, along with a few barrel samples.
 

2019 Mistral Grenache, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, Red Mountain: Our 6th vintage of Mistral displays a medium brick red color and rich aromas of strawberry, red currant, pomegranate, crushed roses, bright leaf tobacco, Provençal lavender, Niçoise olives and lightly spiced incense. The flavors are medium bodied but substantial, with supple red fruits that are intermixed with licorice, cocoa powder, orange pekoe tea and Red Mountain dusty earth. On the back, the wine turns velvety with pressed berries, roasted nuts, framboise and cassis liqueurs, pomegranate seeds and soft charcoal, followed by a ripe moderate tannin finish.  Acclaim: 18.5 Points--Review of Washington Wine    Retail $33  BUY NOW

2018 Old Vine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley: Our first reserve wine is from old 1980 Cabernet vines planted in the highly acclaimed Boushey Vineyard.  The wine was aged for 22 months in a single new French oak barrel (Boutes Grand Reserve) followed by 15 months of bottle aging.  Deep ruby colored, this wine emits intoxicating aromas of blackberries, old tree cherries, Damson plums, crushed black roses, mulberry, sweet tobacco, cedar, sandalwood, black olive, wild violets and smoldering oriental incense. On the palate, the flavors are authoritative yet accessible, showing considerable old vine character, marked by licorice root, dark cacao, roasted coffee beans and minerals. The penetration continues on the back with sensations of macerated fruits, grilled walnuts, mocha, kirsch and cassis liqueurs, lanolin (“legs”) and light oak, followed by a lengthy sweet-dry tannin finish. The range of flavors gives it a plus.  Only 21 cases of this special wine are available, just for wine club members.  Acclaim: 19+ Points-Review of Washington Wines     Retail $49 (Wine Club Only)  BUY NOW

2019 Fly Rod Cellars Muddler Minnow Mourvedre’, Weinbau Vineyard, Wahluke Slope: Fly Rod Cellars is an occasional project of our Cellarmaster John Richardson and Assistant Winemaker Troy Mandeville. This Mourvèdre presents a deep ruby color and intoxicating aromas of raspberry, huckleberry, black currant, blood orange, crushed roses, pipe tobacco, garrigue, olive tapenade, wild violets and spiced incense. The flavors are fleshy and generous, yet deep, with copious red fruits that are intermixed with red licorice, cocoa powder, black tea and Wahluke scorched earth. On the back, the wine tightens up a bit with macerated berries, grilled nuts, recurring orange peel and touches of leather and brunt charcoal, followed by a Bandol-like spicy sweet-dry tannin finish that is bolstered by bright fruit acids. Acclaim: 97 Points—Bellingham Wine Awards;  18.5+ Points-Review of Washington Wines     Retail $33  BUY NOW

Time Posted: Nov 14, 2021 at 10:58 AM Permalink to Fall New Wine Release and Barrel Tasting Permalink
Scott Greenberg
 
March 22, 2021 | Scott Greenberg

Taste Washington-Week 4

Taste Washington is a celebration of all that makes our state so delicious. And while the festival looks a little different this year, there is still much to enjoy!  Watch your email and social media each week during March for a new wine special, food pairing and favorite recipe.  Learn more about Taste Washington and other programs happening this month, visit tastewashington.org. 

WINE OF THE WEEK: RED BLENDS
Week 4 of Taste Washington Wine Month features red blends.  From March 22-28, get 10% off purchase of 4 or more bottles of our 2017 Virga Red Blend.  (Wine Club discounts also apply).  

FOOD PAIRING: FAMILY RECIPES
One of our favorite and simple family recipes is Bar-B-Cups.  These easy to make and easy to eat stuffed biscuits are filling and tasty.  Enjoy with a bottle of Virga while planning a wine tasting trip to the Snoqualmie Valley.  


FREE SHIPPING DURING MARCH
Buy 3 or more bottles of any of our wines and we will ship your wine for free.  Purchase at the winery or online.  

Time Posted: Mar 22, 2021 at 5:37 AM Permalink to Taste Washington-Week 4 Permalink
Scott Greenberg
 
March 22, 2021 | Scott Greenberg

Recipe: Bar-B-Cups

BAR-B-CUPS
2 tins of round biscuits
3/4 lb. of ground beef
1/2 cup of BBQ Sauce
1 tablespoon dried minced onions
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Stretch biscuits and fit into greased muffin tins.  Brown the beef and drain.  Add BBQ sauce, onion and brown sugar and mix.  Spoon into muffin tins.  Sprinkle with cheese and bake 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees. 

Time Posted: Mar 22, 2021 at 5:15 AM Permalink to Recipe: Bar-B-Cups Permalink
Scott Greenberg
 
March 9, 2021 | Scott Greenberg

Storm Front BBQ Sauce

Storm Front BBQ Sauce

Convergence Zone Cellars’ Storm Front BBQ sauce for our famous Storm Front Meatballs.  Just whip up this tasty sauce and combine with the meatballs of your choice.  Drink the remaining wine while you cook or with dinner.

Ingredients:
3 Tblsp butter
3/4 cup onion
2 minced garlic
1- 1/2 cups Storm Front wine
3/4 cup ketchup
2 Tblsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp liquid smoke

Directions:
Melt the butter and saute the chopped onions and garlic until translucent.  Add in all but 2 Tblsp of wine and bring to a boil. Reduce to about 1/3 cup.

Reduce heat and add ketchup, brown sugar and liquid smoke. Simmer 10 minutes until rich and thick. 
Remove from heat and stir in the 2 Tblsp of saved wine.

Sauce will keep in refrigerator for 3 weeks or can be frozen.

Time Posted: Mar 9, 2021 at 12:01 AM Permalink to Storm Front BBQ Sauce Permalink
Scott Greenberg
 
March 8, 2021 | Scott Greenberg

Taste Washington Wine Month Week 2

Taste Washington is a celebration of all that makes our state so delicious. And while the festival looks a little different this year, there is still much to enjoy!  Watch your email and social media each week during March for a new wine special, food pairing and favorite recipe.  Learn more about Taste Washington and other programs happening this month, visit tastewashington.org. 

WINE OF THE WEEK: ROSE'
Week 2 of Taste Washington Wine Month officially features Chardonnay.  Since we don't make a Chardonnay, our Week 2 featured wine is Rose'.  Actually, two rose's.  From March 8-14, get 10% off purchase of 4 or more bottles of the 2019 Three Forks Rose' of Pinot Gris and/or 2019 Fly Rod Cellars Pink Pollywog Rose' of Mourvedre.  (Wine Club discounts also apply).  

FOOD PAIRING: SALAD 
Take-Out: Both rose's are a tasty pairing with salads of all kinds.  Order an Apple-Walnut Salad for take-out from Wildflower Bistro in North Bend.  

Make at Home: If you'd like to make your own salad at home to enjoy with our Rose', nothing is better than this Grilled Chicken and Strawberry Salad.  https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-chicken-salad-strawberries-feta

Enjoy with a chilled bottle of our Rose' while binge-watching Season 1 of WandaVision.  

FREE SHIPPING DURING MARCH
Buy 3 or more bottles of any of our wines and we will ship your wine for free.  Purchase at the winery or online.  

Time Posted: Mar 8, 2021 at 5:15 AM Permalink to Taste Washington Wine Month Week 2 Permalink
Scott Greenberg
 
March 1, 2021 | Scott Greenberg

Taste Washington Wine Month--Week 1

Taste Washington is a celebration of all that makes our state so delicious. And while the festival looks a little different this year, there is still much to enjoy!  Watch your email and social media each week during March for a new wine special, food pairing and favorite recipe.  Learn more about Taste Washington and other programs happening this month, visit tastewashington.org. 

WINE OF THE WEEK: CABERNET SAUVIGNON 
Week 1 features the king of Washington wine: Cabernet Sauvignon.  From March 1-7, get 10% off purchase of 4 or more bottles of Convergence Zone Cellars Squall Line Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Fly Rod Cellars Stimulator Cabernet Sauvignon (Wine Club discounts also apply).  BUY WINE

FOOD PAIRING: CASSEROLE 
Our Cabernet pairs exceptionally well with a hearty lasagna and Caesar salad from Francesco’s Ristorante Italiano in Snoqualmie. Keeping with our theme, you can also pick up a bottle of Francesco's Cabernet, which we produced. 

FOOD PAIRING: RECIPE 
Here's a tasty Instant Pot recipe for beef tips in a savory gravy.  You can serve this over rice, cauliflower rice, mashed potatoes or noodles.  Pro Tip: Pour yourself a glass of wine while cooking.   Make sure you leave some Cabernet for dinner!  https://www.simplyhappyfoodie.com/instant-pot-beef-tips/ 

FREE SHIPPING DURING MARCH 
Buy 3 or more bottles of any of our wines and we will ship your wine for free.  Purchase at the winery or online.  

Time Posted: Mar 1, 2021 at 6:10 AM Permalink to Taste Washington Wine Month--Week 1 Permalink
Scott Greenberg
 
February 9, 2021 | Scott Greenberg

Cold Stabilization

Have you ever seen crystals or "wine diamonds" form in your wine or on a cork?  Those are most likely deposits of tartrates that have precipitated out of your wine.  To minimize this, we cold stabilize our white and rose' wines.  Formation of crystals is less likely in red wines, so we don't cold stabilize reds.

With the right setup, cold stabilization is easy.  Wine is chilled to a temperature just above its freezing point and is held at that temperature for two to three weeks.

We generally use 35 degrees. The frosty tank on the left has a built-in cooling jacket connected to a glycol chiller.  The cold glycol circulates through the jacket and chills the wine in the tank. This lowers the solubility of potassium hydrogen tartrate in the wine (KHT for you chemistry nerds, Cream of Tartar for you bakers) and facilitates their crystallization and precipitation. The tartrates bind to the inside of the tank where they can be removed after pumping the now stable wine to another tank.  The cooling fin in the other photo is covered with tartrates after stabilization and wine removal.  

The result is wine that is unlikely to produce crystals after refrigeration at home.  If you do find these crystals in your wine, they are harmless.  

Time Posted: Feb 9, 2021 at 11:09 AM Permalink to Cold Stabilization Permalink