Alvaro Espinoza Wine Oak Harbor WA
Mount Vernon, WA
Starting from $51.39 per person
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! If the mere mention of the word brings a smile to your face, this is the tour of Seattle you have been searching for. Explore the sweet side of the city as you visit some of Seattle's best confectioners and chocolate makers on a Chocolate Walking Tour.
Starting from $72.39 per person
Discover Seattle's tastiest restaurants on a leisurely walking tour of gourmet Seattle. Enjoy an introduction to some of Seattle's most popular restaurants and meet the chefs as you eat your way through the city at a leisurely pace.
Lopez Island, WA
Mount Vernon, WA
Starting from $42.69 per person
Eat your way through Seattle's most celebrated culinary landmark -- Pike Place Market. Go behind the scenes on a walking tour to experience some of the city's favorite market spots. Taste locally made foods and beverages that will awaken your palate, meet and interact with the exceptional people that give the market life and hear their humble, often humorous stories.
Sedro Woolley, WA
The Wines of �lvaro Espinoza: Kuyen and Antiyal
About a year ago we stopped by Antiyal, Álvaro Espinoza (pictured here) and Marina Ashton’s estate in Chile’s Upper Maipo Valley. Since new releases of their wines are now available, it is time to revisit the wines. In the Chilean world of huge commercial wineries, Álvaro and Marina’s venture is unusual. Their estate is small, and they practice biodynamic viticulture and winemaking. They also make some of Chile’s very best red blends.
Álvaro is son of another winemaker, Mario Espinoza, and studied enology in Chile at a time prior to its wine export boom when winemaking was not regarded as a promising profession. He previously made wine at Viña Carmen, and he continues to make wine at Emiliana Orgánico and Rayun, both of which are farmed organically and biodynamically. In our Report # 21 earlier this year titled The Chilean Wine Revolution, we gave the Emiliana “G” red blend one of our very highest evaluations. The two wines reviewed here—Kuyen and Antiyal—also consistently receive plaudits from the wine critics, including yours truly.
Global Vineyard Wine Importers of Berkeley, CA, brings in Kuyen and Antiyal.
Kuyen 2008 ($30) 90+
First launched in 2001, this wine is quite an exotic blend of dark fruit, earth and spice. It’s not an up-front-fruit knocks your socks off kind of wine but, rather, complex and subtle on the attack. There’s a purity of berry fruit on the nose with accents of earth and cured olives. It’s a bit reserved on the palate at the present with layers of spice and earth on a backdrop of dark red fruit, finishing with ripe tannins and notable length. We recommend cellaring for a year or two, but if you must drink it now, please decant a couple of hours in advance of the meal. Kuyen is sourced from fruit grown at Álvaro and Marina’s home estate. It is a blend of Syrah (49%), Cabernet Sauvignon (34%), and Carmenè...