Friday, January 25, 2013

Seattle v. Chelan in a BDX Style Brawl

Last year I started featuring Washington v. Washington wine brawls once a month.  I chose Cabernet Sauvignon as my focus for 2012.

In 2013 I am going to feature Seattle Urban Wineries taking on Lake Chelan AVA rivals.  There are some absolutely fabulous wines being made in both locales.  My hope is to crank up the volume and shine the spotlight on some awesome Washington wines each month.

First up is a match featuring Bordeaux Style blends dominated by Cabernet Franc.

2008 Fall Line Boushey Vineyard Red Blend v. 2009 Kamari Reserve Red from the Blending Room

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Washington Cabernet Sauvignon v. Australia

The early season racing continued in Australia with their National Championships last week.  Luke Durbridge pulled off a first ever double with victories in the Time Trial and Road Race.  Keep your eyes and ears open for some high quality results in 2013 from this young Aussie that races for the Orica-Green Edge team.

The racing took place in Victoria last week.  That location lead to a Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon doing battle with a Washington Cabernet from Sheridan vineyards.

2009 Jim Barry The Cover Drive v. 2009 Sheridan Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Friday, January 11, 2013

Walla Walla Syrah v. Aussie Shiraz

The Pro road race schedule is getting underway down under.  This past weekend featured the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.  This is a great opportunity for some up and coming Australian riders to show what they have leading into the Australian National Championships.  Then the following week features the World Tour calendar kick off with the Tour Down Under.

To celebrate all things Australia, this week's Lucha Vino challenge features an Australilan Shiraz taking on a Washington State Syrah.

2007 Otis Kenyon Syrah v. 2005 Mt. Langi Billi Billi Shiraz

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Battle in Seattle III - Washington v. Bordeaux

This is the final installment in my End of the World series.  It took a bit longer than I expected to finish off these battles.  Without any further distractions here is the third matchup in the Battle in Seattle.

When you talk about young wines the French trot out something akin to my Grandfather.  So many Bordeaux wines won't even enter the Lucha Vino ring until they have spent a serious decade hiding in the cellar.  These Frenchies want to sleep so long that an entire set of world changing events could pass them by.  The world could actually... uh, end...

The grandaddy from France pays a visit to the new kid on the block from Washington.  

2006 Chateau Landat Hout-Medoc v. 2009 Cloudlift Halcyon