2014 Latah Creek Spokane Blush
Father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie, took their semi- sweet blush wine a bit drier a few vintages ago, as they wanted another drier white wine in their repertoire. This has become one of the most popular wines. It’s a great alternative to big reds in the summer.
The 2014 Spokane Blush is a blend of Washington State white and red varietals. The blend is unique each vintage, based upon blending trials. For this wine, since Mike and Natalie wanted to keep it on the dry side, they used primarily their Pinot Gris. Their Muscat Canelli was blended with the Pinot Gris, enhancing floral notes in the aroma. Big and bold Syrah added a rosé color and berry flavors.
Asian pear and floral notes engulf your nose. Honeydew and tropical fruit greet you on first sip. Berry, honeysuckle, and arugula linger long after the wine is swallowed.
This wine provides an ideal accompianment to lighter meals and picnic fare, such as Ellena’s Tortellini Lunchoen Salad recipe published in her latest cookbook.
|Varietal||Washington State White Wines blended with Washington State Red Wines
|Varietal Composition||90% Pinot Gris, 5% Muscat Canelli, 5% Syrah
Gold, Cascadia Wine Competition, 2016
Mike Conway and his daughter, Natalie, crafted Pinot Gris (90%), Muscat (5%) and Syrah into this edition of Spokane Blush. The 1.2 percent residual sugar merges seamlessly with a bit of citrus and spice from the white grapes and some red plum from the Syrah. A delightful picnic wine that the winery says pairs well with picnic fare, the Conway family recipe titled Ellena’s Tortellini Luncheon Salad comes out of a cookbook available at the Spokane Valley winery that’s just a grape toss from Interstate 90.
Father/daughter duo, Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes
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