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Columbia Crest Wine

by Amanda La Gringa
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Gringa Favorites: Columbia Crest Wine

These gringas really love their vino! I have to admit, however, that I’m not the most knowledgeable persona about wine…but I was very happy to accept an invitation from Columbia Crest during their visit to Miami from Washington state for a meet & greet with their Head Winemaker, Juan Muñoz Oca. Nothing like an evening of good food and great conversation…all while learning about wine!

As I mentioned, our evening with Columbia Crest gave us the opportunity to get to know Head Winemaker Juan Muñoz Oca and learn about his interesting story. Born in Argentina, Juan comes from a wine-making family and from an early age, his abuelito instilled in him a love and respect for vino.

“I’ve been involved with grapes sine I was a little boy- my grandfather was in the industry and his father was in the industry- it’s all I’ve known. Winemaking has been in my family, it’s in my blood, it’s what I do, and it’s who I am.”

As we were chatting the evening away with Juan and the Columbia Crest team, we were able to enjoy a selection of their vino. I’m usually one to stick with the sweet, white wines (being the unaccomplished wine drinker that I am…), so this evening gave me the chance to try out different varieties, from Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon to Moscato, and learn more about the varying flavors and aromas.

From all the wines we tasted, I think my favorite had to be the Chardonnay or the Moscato…no surprise there! What was surprising, however, was that not only did these wines work well for my taste buds…but their prices also work well for me as I try and stay within the $20 price range for a botella.

After my evening with the Columbia Crest team and the lovely vino, I see why this winery has grown to become one of the most significant wineries in the US and a major force behind Washington state’s emergence as a world class wine region. For more information about Columbia Crest, you can visit their website and connect with them on Twitter and Facebook!


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