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Having tarried in the bargain bin over the last few weeks, we decided this time to present three wines for your next small dinner party. All West Coast denizens the trio comprises a selection each for appetizers, followed by a seafood course and finally red meat dishes. So start planning.
 Waterstone Rosé 2013 – this wine is made in the saignée method, by “bleeding” juice from Cabernet Sauvignon tanks prior to fermentation. The juice, pink in color due to its minimal skin contact, is inoculated and fermented to dryness in stainless steel. Prior to bottling, the wine receives minimal filtration and fining to preserve the fresh fruit flavors. Perfect for summer sipping, this crisp, fragrant Rosé features fresh strawberry, rose and hibiscus aromas that are mirrored on the palate. With its dry finish and balanced acidity, this wine is perfectly suited for al fresco dining and lighter fare. $16.99

 Banshee Chardonnay 2012 – This wine is a study in the blending of styles.There is a new French oak component, but also a large element vinified entirely in stainless steel. One of the lots underwent full malolactic fermentation and then was blended with a larger selection that did not go through malo at all. Charming aromatically, this Chardonnay immediately hints toward Asian pear and apple flavors with an underlying cut of lemon framed by hints of Tahitian vanilla from fine grained French oak. It offers hints of more tropical flavors without ever fully realizing them and finishes with ample verve. Delicious and on sale at $19.98

 Waterbrook Reserve Cabernet 2011 – Founded in 1984 as Walla Walla’s fourth founded winery, Waterbrook is known for fruit-forward, food-friendly wines–primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay. With more than 150 combined best buys and critical scores of 90 points or higher, Winemaker John Freeman works with outstanding vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley and throughout the greater Columbia Valley. The wine shows inviting blueberry aromas couple with cedar and slate notes on the nose. The rich, developed palate presents mulberry and currant with well integrated tannins. Smooth and elegant this is an affordable showpiece for the quality of Washington State wines. $19.98

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