Saturday, March 20, 2010

Canyon’s Edge Tasting Room Opens In South Kennewick

Every day the world gets a little smaller. At least it is in the world of wine. Lately there have been a number of wineries that I haven’t heard from in a long time suddenly coming back into my life again. I guess it goes to show that you should never burn bridges. Your next glass of wine might be coming across that bridge tomorrow.

One such winery that I hadn’t herd from in a while was Canyon’s Edge Winery located out on Aldercreek Canyon in the Horse Heaven Hills. Owned by the Groth family, Canyon’s Edge was known for years mostly for its amazing grapes. The Alder Ridge site is source of thousands of barrels of local wine from the region. Many acclaimed winemakers either mix or use Alder Ridge juice in the making of their wines.

In 2003 the Groths decided to make their own wine, creating a limited bottling of Cab, Syrah, and Merlot as well as a Red Blend and a Rose. Their tasting room in Prosser was always a mandatory stop for me when I was in town. Little did I know that Canyon’s Edge had come to meet me in the Tri Cities until I arrived at the new tasting room yesterday and recognized the name.

I was greeted warmly at the door by tasting room manager Lee Carew, who gave me a tour of the facility and tasted me through their portfolio. The tasting room is a beautiful two level suite with a bar made out of barrel staves, big fluffy chairs, and a fantastic patio.

Canyon’s Edge has added several new wines to their list this year. Their portfolio is extensive, but I want to share some of my favorites.

First, I was impressed with their newly released 2008 Sauvignon Blanc. This one hits the spot. Just enough lemongrass and citrus to cleanse the palate with seafood or cream sauces, but enough creaminess to make it good for just enjoying on a warm evening.

The 2005 Rose’ of Syrah was very pleasant. A bit sweet to the taste, but very low in sugar. Most of the sweetness just comes from the bold fruit flavors of blackberry, cherry, and a hint of herbs that makes the wine jump from the glass. Definitely a porch wine for this spring.

One of the Canyon’s Edge wines that turned my head years ago was the Sagebrush Red. The 2006 vintage lives up to my expectations. Very well priced for what it offers, Sagebrush is a wonderful blend of Cab, Merlot, Syrah, and Cab Franc. A nose and flavors of dark stone fruits, with lots of pepper and baking spices.

Another new wine for Canyon’s Edge is their newly released 2005 Sangiovese. Bright cherry and spices jumped right out of the glass. I took a bottle home and enjoyed it with my spaghetti and spicy meat sauce.

Canyon’s Edge also offers a line up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Cabernet, Merlot, Reserve Merlot, and Syrah. Each was delightful to taste. I would highly recommend picking some up.

Last, the day would never be complete without Jeremiah’s Chocolate. A rich dark port-style wine that opens up and ends with dark rich cocoa finish. Mmmmmm!

For a fun adventure I recommend taking the first Tri Cities exit and visiting the Canyon’s Edge tasting room. While you’re here you can visit Anelare and AVA wine rooms next door as well.


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