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And thus, the wine isn't "fine wine.

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Yet one Monterey County winery president confided, "Virtually everyone is using it. Look, Mega Purple has residual, so it adds a bit of texture, and that adds a little weight and it pops the fruit. And at. As such, say winemakers who use it, the concentrate has a distinctive aroma that smells a bit like what they called "Central Valley red," with hints of a foxy sort, not unlike a native American grape.

In an interview he said: "I don't use it, but any winery you talk to will say they don't. One reason I don't like it is it has a distinctive flavor to it that I think is identifiable. If everybody uses it, they're adding the same flavor. Well, I'm getting sick of it. I wanted to get some pyrzines in my wines, and this Mega Purple seems to wipe out that character. It touches up color, and I think when it's over-used, it makes the argument that's in 'Mondovino,' that structure can interfere with, or cover up, regional character. Harvey added that if the product is used at all after fermentation, "you have to sterile filter the wine.

It shifts wine flavors toward the same thing, and that makes wines very similar to one another.

You don't want the book you read this week to be the same as the book you read last week, do you? So shouldn't wines offer different characteristics, too? And there was a lot of pressure to make it fleshier and darker, more acceptable to the expectation of Pinot coming out of California. So we used a little bit of Mega Purple, and when we got to the point at which it got in the way of the flavor profile of the wine, we backed off. Harvey added large amounts to two of his red wines a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Zinfandel , ranging from. He then put two control glasses in among the 10 glasses and a panel of judges ranked the wines.

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Richard Peterson, former winemaker at Beaulieu and long a fixture in the California winemaking scene. The "additive" wines were clearly plumper and a bit more full-bodied than were the control samples in both cases, and they seemed to work best in the Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet in this case wasn't very dark in color, so the additive wines bolstered the red color, but even at the lowest levels, I found the wines to be a bit fatter and less characteristic of Cabernet. For me, the Zinfandels were most hurt by the Mega Purple, because the color additives compromised the varietal spice.

Most of the comments from the tasters were interesting, noting that they could see how a winemaker would choose to use an additive to improve the color of a color-deficient wine, but all said that the use of such elements is very tricky. Damskey said he has used Mega Purple in the past a couple of times, "but the addition has to be a lot less" than we used in our blind tasting.

The downside is that I don't like the way it changes the aroma. More often than not, it mutes the aroma. He actually liked a few of the additions he tasted. Harvey pointed out that in some of the wines with the additive, "the 'sweetness' in the Cabernet made the tannins more astringent," because, he said, the sweetness was out of sync with the rest of the wine. But winemakers should ask the question--'Are all my wines aimed at the same thing?

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Do I want them to taste pretty much like each other? Even in lower-level red wines, there is a jammy, over-ripe component. And despite the fact that there's more sugar there, you tend to lose that delicate 'sweetness' that grapes give you. Just to be clear- the Woodinville wine Country is quite fun and tasty!

It's quite pricey, but a cool benefit event for Camp Corey. I don't think it's what you have in mind, but wanted to mention it just in case Pack a picnic or pick up food at the concert venue. Enjoy music while sipping a local wine under the stars. Here is the concert line-up.

Maybe a favorite is in town during your travels. Thanks for your recommendation.

I just checked the wine festival and I had to laugh. Normally we love those things but this is even above our limit. Caro, where did you find these costs? I looked at several websites and must be missing something.

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It's right, the Washington Wine Weekend is super pricey, but it is a benefit for Camp Corey and I never know who I am talking to or what might be of interest! Obviously it does have appeal for someone I guess I am just enjoying spending other people's money. Speaking of pricey It's not for everyone, but, again, if that fits your budget and style it is pretty incredible experience.

To start, keeping with the wine theme Incredible wine list, lovely food, nice outdoor patio dining in the summer. You might want to check out Purple Wine Cafe. They have good food, and plenty of wine choices or wine flights if you prefer. They have locations downtown, in Bellevue , Kirkland and Woodinville. Downtown, in the Pike Place Market , you may also want to check out the Washington Wine Tasting Room, a co-op of several Washington wineries offering wine flights and light snacks to complement the wine.

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Oh, Camp Korey For those who don't know, this was once the Carnation Farm, and is located in a very pastoral Snoqualmie Valley, including the little towns of Duvall, Carnation, Snoqualmie, Fall City , etc. A very nice drive. If so why not drive east to the Okanagon Valley with hundreds of wineries.

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Stay in Kelowna area. Then drop down into Washington for either the Walla Walla region or Yakima sunnyside area. That would be a good circle route. These are the actual vineyards vs Woodinville which is mailnly tasting rooms. Tip: All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips.

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