- On August 13, 2014
What’s going to be legendary? Well of course the new floors that will be finished next week. Also the sale this month on all US wines and I am going to be featuring some of the more interesting, delicious, and newer to Minnesota wineries in the emails this month. This email features Sleight of Hand Cellars out of Walla Walla, Washington.
“Launched in 2007, Sleight of Hand Cellars has but one focus, and that is to craft exception wines from exceptional vineyards here in the state of Washington. The winery has only been in operation for a short time, but in that time, Sleight of Hand Cellars has been named as one of the “The Next Generation” of up nad coming wineries in Washingtion State by Seattle Magazine in July of 2008, as well as one of “The Next Cult Wineries” by the same magazine in August of 2009.” – sofhcellars.com
I had the opportunity to visit their tasting room in the fall of 2011 and was blown away by the quality of the wine for such a new winery. The tasting room is high energy, very fun, and definitely makes wine approachable. They have vinyl records playing all the time, posters on the walls, and everyone in the tasting room seems to really love the wine and what they do. In the few years since the wines have only gotten better and finally, just within the last year, they are available in Minnesota.
The Renegade Wine Co. wines are the entry level, every day drinkers. The rosé is a blend of 79% Syrah, 14% Cinsault, and 7% Counoise and is fruity, fresh, and one of my favorites of the year and it’s on sale for $11.69. The Renegade red is a Bordeaux style blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot. It has a lot going on for a $12.99 (On Sale for $11.69) wine.
All of the Sleight of Hand labeled wines has a magical/magician theme to them. The Spellbinder is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and just a little Syrah and Grenache. It is fruit forward and juicy with a little earth and spice that makes you come back for more. This month is a great time to try it while it’s on sale for $17.99 from $19.99.
Recognize whose face is on The Conjurer? Neil Patrick Harris! He is a well-known Broadway actor as well as the notorious playboy Barney Stinson in the show How I Met Your Mother. Barney’s tag line was “Legend…wait for it…dary”. He poured a Sleight of Hand wine on one of the episodes so the winemaker at SofH Trey Busch decided to put a caricature of NPH, a lifelong lover of magic, on a label. When the wine was released NPH tweeted about it and crashed the Sleight of Hand website. Oh, and the wine is good! It’s a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cab Franc, 24% Merlot. It has notes of currant, cherries, herbs, and has a lot of structure and tannins to help it get better with age. It’s on sale for $27.89, originally $30.99. All of these wines are really well made with lots of love and just a little bit of fun.