Author Archives: Cabfranca

About Cabfranca

Adventures of a wine appreciator and her tasting notes via sometimes the semi-fictional persona, Cabfranca. The wines are true, the stories are mostly true, through a well lived sense of wine travel and the beauty that can be found along that trail.

Living it Up Down Here in Southern Oregon

It has been a  trip. Literally.  Move from a town north of Seattle to a town west of Medford. The last time I wrote was quite awhile ago; so many events and life changes have come between me and my … Continue reading

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RED Mountain: The Big, Bold & Tiny AVA

Located on the Eastern edge of Yakima Valley, this AVA established in 2001 has properties that lend itself to growing stressed vines bearing small berries of high tannin content.  The primary grape varieties planted include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Sangiovese, … Continue reading

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At Large – Or Soon To Be

Well readers, if there are any left out there since my long sabbatical away from this writing station; I am back! Not in the The Shining sort of way but in a real, ready to go and begin a new … Continue reading

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Elsom Cellars: The latest tasting room in the SoDo urban wine trail – That’s South Seattle

I am an organizer for a local wine tasting group and we fan out across the Puget Sound to meet in various tasting rooms from Woodinville to South Seattle. As much as I love the Wine Lover’s destination of Woodinville, … Continue reading

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2015 is here and I have made some Wine Blogger Resolves.

First, I have have been reading the Top 100 lists of  2014 in various magazines, the Drunken Cyclist (a fine Word Press wine blogger) just posted his Top 10 and they are doozies! So you would think I could come … Continue reading

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Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Tasting – Newberg Art Walk and Wine Notes -Part 2

This continues the highlights from  my first pinot noir journey into the northern Willamette Valley.  Located about 25 miles south and west of Portland, you wend your way up the low hills, covered by vineyards, fir trees and white oak. … Continue reading

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North Willamette Valley, Oregon – My Pinot Noir Weekend – Part 1

Pinot noir is a the signature wine of the state of Oregon, whose devotees of this tiny grape are passionate and, I think sometimes, just a bit snooty about it. There is an exclusive club for people that love pinot … Continue reading

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