We went to Walla Walla for a little three-day get away while my youngest was off at School camp.
My wife’s cousins husband works for Long Shadows winery in Walla Walla. He used to be the Brew master for Pyramid in Seattle, then did a brief stint with Gallo in CA.
We got a very nice tour of the Long Shadows winery, which I found very interesting. Someday I will get to Kentucky! The Barrels they use can cost up to $1000 each, and the Wine Maker will specify which Barrels he wants, specifying certain regions and coopers depending on the flavor profile he hopes to attain. Some of the Barrels are from specific forests. I had ton's of questions, most related to things I have learned here.
We went back to their house for dinner and I was treated first to some Brandy, which I have never had before (He was making Sidecars for the wives). I found it very smooth and light. Then he brought out a couple varieties of Brazilian Cachaca (a Sugarcane based spirit) one white and one aged in Oak. Both were sweet and smooth with an unusual flavor. Neither tasted like rum to me, which he says it is most frequently compared too. But I have never had "good" rum, and never neat...so it might be more similar than I know. We finished off the evening sampling a couple Long Shadow Wines. Poets Leap is a Resiling. It was very good, fruity and crisp and clean. Pirouette is a Red wine blend. I have never liked Red Wine before...maybe my enjoyment of Bourbon has opened up my tastes? I did enjoy it, and found the flavors rich and satisfying, very rich flavor.
If you ever visit Walla Walla, stop in at Waitsburg and eat at the Whoopemup Hollow Cafe for a great Southern style meal. This is one of those great hidden jewels, an excellent meal.
Bourbon seems to have opened my drinking palate...or it's just something that in my case has come with age?