Wednesday, January 28, 2009

It's cold in Walla Walla, but it's hot at Bergevin Lane Vineyards!

The melodic name, Bergevin Lane flows off the tongue as easy as their wines flow on the tongue. It was a perfect name for a perfect partnership when Annette Bergevin and Amber Lane opened their new adventure, along with Annette’s father Gary Bergevin, in 2001. Winemaker and Denmark native, Steffan Jorgensen later joined their winery team.

Good news travels fast and when Amber told me about their Bergevin Lane Vineyards "Oui Deux" Syrah - 2005 winning "Best in Class" in Syrah/Shiraz in the $25.00 to $34.99 category and the Bergevin Lane Alder Ridge Cabernet-2004 winning a gold medal in the "Cabernet Sauvignon - $25.00 to $34.99 category at the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, I knew I had to stop what I was doing and show them some love! And it just doesn't stop! Wine & Spirits Magazine recognized Bergevin Lane Vineyards Princess Walla Walla Syrah - 2006, as "One of the Year's Best Syrahs" in the Feb. 2009 issue and also recognized them with 93 points. Huzzah!

Two of the many things I love about their wines: they are serious wines with serious Walla Walla quality and second, their labels are often playful - such as the Calico Red and the Calico White blends with an outline of a kitty-cat on the labels. There’s also the Princess Syrah, and the "Fruit Bomb" with an explosive looking cherry on the front. And it doesn’t stop with their front label, as you may just find a back label on one of their wines signed, "XO - The Girls."

This icy cold and snowy winter in Walla Walla has slowed down some of Amber and Annette’s daily routines and they even had to post-pone their bottling of the 2007 Calico Red. But in spite of the cold - no matter. You sure can't tell it's been cold by the awards and recognition Annette, Amber, Steffan and Gary have been receiving! Which goes to show, no matter how cold it is in Walla Walla, the wine women (and men) of Bergevin Lane Vineyards are HOT!

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