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For me, food and wine is a true sensory experience. My husband & I love to cook for our friends and we are always testing out new recipes on them. With the addition of wine, food can take on a whole new dimension. I have immersed myself, as much as my day job allows, into wine. Specifically wine from the Pacific Northwest.

As a Washington State native, I grew up with the fresh seafood and produce native to the area. I look forward to local strawberries in the spring & sweet corn in late summer. As well as fresh caught Dungeness Crab out of Puget Sound and the flavorful beef produced by local farmers. The Northwest offers an abundance of wonderful ingredients to work with.

This site is dedicated to the Food & Wine of the Pacific Northwest. Please join me as I explore all it has to offer!

November 23, 2009

Fidelitas 2006 CV Cabernet Sauvignon

A big congratulations too Fidelitas, whose 2006 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was picked as Wine & Spirits' Critics Choice for November 2009.

So I felt it only fitting to open up my bottle in celebration this weekend. This cab is sourced from 9 different vineyards in the Columbia Valley with 31% coming from Champoux vineyards. It is aged 22 months in 50% new French and American oak and registers in a 14.6% alcohol.

We popped and poured this with a couple of our friends. On the nose - floral, wet cement, slight earthiness, dark berries and smoke. Taste notes - tart cherries, raspberry, earth. Slight acid, but very smooth. It may have smoothed out more after an hour or two, but frankly it didn't last that long between the 4 of us. I good 10-15 second finish on this wine. The concensus of the group was that this was a well deserve honor for a wonderful wine.

Fidelitas has embraced the social media scene as well. Both winemaker @charliehoppes as well as the wineclub concierge @FidelitasJess are on Twitter. Give them a follow!

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