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Summer Staples

Sizzling summer staples are here! From “porch-pounders” to backyard BBQs, there’s a little something here for everyone. Enjoy these reds, whites and pinks to get you through the summer satisfied. Have a fun and safe summer Leschi!

Red Wines

2013 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Boushey Vineyard Yakima Valley ($46)

“The 2013 is a rock star. Offering sensational purity in its meaty, dark fruits, olive brine, beef blood, currants and hints of violets, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, impressive concentration and a great finish, where it shows additional minerality. Coming from the two oldest blocks at Boushey Vineyard, this is a serious, age-worthy Syrah.” –Wine Advocate, 93-95 points.

2014 Darby Purple Haze Columbia Valley ($18.69)

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Syrah. When you combine the warm, ripe vintage 2014 with the keen, deft ability of Darby, you get the best wines. Big, exuberant and not overdone. Like fine architecture.

2014 Francesco Cirelli Rosso Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ($17.99)

This is the Montepulciano grape. It delivers a nose of baking spice, cherry pie and tomato leaf. Juicy purple fruits dominate the palate but it’s made fresh by some herbal notes. Just enough structure to let you know that this wine is unmistakably Italian—no excessive fruit, everything balanced and a bit rustic. Organic farm certified by IMC.

2014 Domaine La Manarine Carignan Rouge Côtes du Rhône ($13.09)

Domaine La Manarine is a small, family-owned winery established in 2001. The vines average around 35 years in age. This wine is 100% Grenache and