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Accolades for Façon Blanc / Ambiance

Bellingham Herald deems 2013 Façon Blanc "Wonderful", "Mouthwatering"

"...tasty blend... mouthwatering... crisp, vibrant... full-bodied..."

Dan Radil,, March 9, 2015

Washington Wineries producing Wonderful Wines from Rhône Varietals

March 9, 2015

"Last month I covered several of the more popular Rhône varietals that have found their way into Washington vineyards. Since then, I’ve been on a mission to search out, taste, and come up with specific recommendations of wines produced from the varietals that I think you’ll enjoy.

The only problem I encountered was narrowing down the list of superb wines I tasted in an effort to give you the best of the best.

To refresh your memory, a Rhône varietal is one of 22 grapes sanctioned by the French government for wine production within that country’s Rhône Valley. Of those, the top six varietals now grown in Washington are syrah, viognier, grenache, roussanne, marsanne, and mourvèdre.

Now, my recommendations...

Forgeron Cellars 2013 Façon Blanc (about $25) – This tasty blend of four white Rhône varietals – Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Marsanne – is filled with mouthwatering white peach and apricot flavors that transition into crisp, vibrant citrus while maintaining a full-bodied quality. Another stunning effort from Walla Walla winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla..."

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