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Willows Lodge has the rare good fortune to be located in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, home to more than 100 Washington wineries and tasting rooms. Our Sommeliers, Cara De Lavallade - Advanced Sommelier and Anthony Berkau - Director of Food & Beverage, serve our guests as knowledgeable guides to the local wine community and to our nationally acclaimed wine lists at the Barking Frog and Fireside Lounge.
Willakenzie Rosé of Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, 2017
We're calling it - rosé and patio season has officially arrived! Let's celebrate with salmo, pea vines, and refreshing pink wines! Bright and pretty, the Willakenzie rosé shows notes of orange blossom, Rainier cherry, peach skin, and melon.
Gran Moraine Chardonnay
Winemaker Shane Moore has worked with vines all over the world - from Burgundy to Western Australia to Israel. At Gran Moraine, he crafts stunningly elegant wines from the estate vineyard on the western edge of Yamhill-Carlton. For years, Grand Moraine vineyard has supplied fruit to top wineries like Beaux Frères, Bergstrom, and Soter. This chardonnay is beautifully balanced with notes of apricot, persimmon, fennel seed and flint with just enough oak for a toasty, cookie crumb finish.
Angela Estate Pinot Noir
Yamhill - Carlton 2013
Ken Wright is one of the most talked about winemakers in Oregon. Instrumental in the organization of six American Viticultural Areas in northern Willamette, Ken has helped define the Oregon wine-growing area as it exists today. With over forty years of experience, he crafts wines that truly show a sense of place, that represent the best of the valley. Angela Estate Pinot is ripe with wild raspberry and blackberry, notes of bergamont, rose petal and fresh herb.
Cara DeLavallade, Advanced Sommelier
One of the most common questions I get, "What wine should I serve for a special occasion?" Most importantly, Champagne is the answer to 99% of your questions. Any decent toast deserves a brimming glass of bubbles and sparkling wine pairs beautifully with everything from beluga caviar to potato chips. Of course, nothing compares to the wines of Champagne - the combination of mineral-laden, chalky soils and hundreds of years of family, tradition, and knowledge make the region distinct and the wine singular.
Enjoying a good bottle of Champagne is a celebration and should not be reserved only for birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. Champagne is appropriate at breakfast, on the beach, after lunch, at the top of a mountain, on a dock, at your cousin's graduation, on Tuesday or at the dog park.