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A Holiday How-to; Six top EFESTE wines to pair with your seasonal celebrations

It’s the most wine-derful time of the year.

As the Northwest days become shorter & darker, pumpkin spice lattes are traded for holiday spice flat whites, we collectively turn our focus to decking the proverbial halls, scouring Pinterest late into the night for unique DIY gifts, and discovering new recipes to share at all the potlucks, parties, and family gatherings we attend during the season.

With so many things on your list, it can be easy to forget to give the same care to choosing the perfect wines to accentuate those cherished dishes.

Well fear not! We’re pouring six stellar options aimed at taking out all the guesswork.

The best part? You get to enjoy a much-needed escape from the endless errands and unruly hordes of shoppers, while enjoying a flight in our relaxed, inviting tasting rooms in Seattle & Woodinville. Both open daily.

2014 Evergreen Riesling A Martha Stewart top pick for Holiday feasts.

Evergreen Riesling

Tastes Like:
•Lemon custard
•Crisp green apple
•Chamomile tea

Pairs With:
•Seafood dishes
•Rich, spicy dishes
•Pork roasts, chops
•Chicken dishes



2014 Sauvage Sauvignon BlancSingle vineyard, fermented in French oak.

Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc


Tastes Like:
• Lemon/lime citrus
• Stone fruit
• White Peach
• Vanilla Flower

Pairs With:
• Herbed stuffing
• Light seafood dishes
• Most Salads
• Rich cheese plates



2014 Upright MerlotRed Mountain stunner. 100% Merlot

Upright Merlot


Tastes Like:
• Ripe Cherry
• Raspberry extract
• Toasted Grains
• Baking chocolate

Pairs With:
• Pâtés
• Pork & Veal Dishes
• Rich Gratins & Mac & Cheese
• Hamburgers – Yes I said hamburgers.



2013 Jolie Bouche SyrahBoushey Vineyards, Seattle Met Magazine Top 100

Jolie Bouche Syrah


Tastes Like:
• Dark bramble berry
• Roasted meat
• Kalamata Olive
• Dark Plum

Pairs With:
• Lamb Chops/Roasts
• Aromatic soft cheeses
• Grilled ribs/bbq
• Tarragon Chicken



2013 Final Final Red Blend An EFESTE Top Favorite!

Final Final Red Blend


Tastes Like:
• Dark berry fruit
• Baker’s chocolate
• Grilled bread
• Ripe plum

Pairs With:
• Red sauce pasta dishes
• Grilled Meats
• Hearty Stews
• Wine glasses



2013 Big Papa Cabernet SauvigonBig Papa the show stoppah!

Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon


Tastes Like:
• Cassis/Black Currant
• Black Cherry reduction
• Toasted vanilla
• Grilled bread

Pairs With:
• Standing Rib Roasts
• Prime Rib
• Brisket
• Rich, cheesy side dishes

Five Wine and Food Pairings to Celebrate Spring

The arrival of spring means the release of new wines, the anticipation of warm evenings on the patio sipping rosé, and preparation for grilling season.

At EFESTĒ, our Wine Club spring release selections include the latest vintages of the Syrahs, Riesling, and the highly anticipated Estate Rosé. Here are some fun suggestions for pairing the wines with the food and holidays of spring.

Jolie Bouche Syrah (Boushey Vineyards, Yakima Valley)
Each sip of this vibrant red wine conjures up images of the Mediterranean in the form of cured meat, roasted olives, and crushed herbs. A successful pairing is as simple as matching the wine with food that mirrors those flavors. Plan your next dinner party around this easy yet impressive one dish meal.
The pairing: Tarragon Chicken

Eléni Syrah (Red Willow Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA)
This concentrated red wine offers an intense freshly ground espresso bean note that adds massive appeal. On the palate, the wine is full and complete, possessing soft, yet present tannins backed by trademark minerality. An opulent wine like Eléni is perfect for holiday celebrations such as Easter and Mother’s Day so turn to an equally impressive dish that can feed a crowd such as this one from the American Lamb Board.
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Serving Temperatures for Red Wine

Sure we all know about serving white wine chilled. Did you know it’s also important for red wine? Temperature can affect how wine smells and tastes, ultimately affecting your wine drinking pleasure.


Our Winemaker, Peter Devison, offers this helpful reminder during the seasons of warmer weather:  our reds drink better between 62-64 degrees Fahrenheit. His tip is to put your bottles of red wine in the fridge about 15-20 minutes before taking them outside. Cheers!


Spring Release 2015


EFESTE Winemaker, Peter Devison

As we approach what I anticipate will be a great summer here at EFESTĒ, we have just put together the delectable spring Wine Club allocations. We’re extremely excited to offer three new releases, all of which I believe are amazing examples of how Washington can be a massive international player in the ultra-premium wine industry. The 2012 and 2013 vintages were great years for physiological ripeness offering wines that possess power in their aromatic and flavor intensity, yet elegance in their palate shape and weight. This creates wines that are exciting to consume, as they show amazing energy, length, and focus. However, they mustn’t overshadow the ‘11s, which were once restrained, yet have opened up immensely and are shaping up to be very sophisticated wines! Continue reading

Celebrating Made Easy

We throw a lot of parties! The trick to entertaining guests isn’t really a trick at all. It’s all about planning ahead. Whether you’re celebrating the holidays and opening your home to friends for an afternoon, or classing up game day, here are some tips we’ve learned from Helen.

Prepare food in advance.



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Washington Wine Delivers Value

How can you give your friends impressive gifts and save money? We have the facts and figures to prove that buying Washington wine keeps more coin in your pocket.


Earlier this year, Wine Spectator published an article titled, “The Year in Wine: 2013 In Review,” (January/February issue). They note that there is great value to be found among the increasing quality of wines from less famous regions.

“Washington remains a value hub across several varieties, with a state average of $43 for an outstanding wine.”

How does that pencil out when comparing Washington to other regions? The average price for a bottle of wine from France that Wine Spectator awarded 90 or more points in 2013 was priced at $94. The figure for California was $81.

The value proposition for Washington wine becomes even more clear when looking at Cabernet Sauvignon, the king of wines. You could pay an average price of $132 a bottle for a California Cab. Or, you could purchase a bottle of our Big Papa Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon for just $56. Heck, at that price, buy two and still have change to spare!

So, get more bang for your buck. Impress your friends and family by serving and giving award winning Washington wine this season.