Illusion

(206) 261-1682 32446 Morgan Dr
Black Diamond, WA 98010
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Illusion makes its home in the hills above the Columbia River, 11 miles northeast of Lyle, Washington. The small winery and tasting room is open most summer weekends and holiday periods in 2010, allowing an opportunity for our faithful fans to relax and enjoy a growing family of Illusion wines. The winery and Dante's Ranch Vineyard offers sweeping views of Dillacort Canyon, Swale Canyon, Stacker Butte as well as Mount Adams, Mount Hood and a sliver of the Columbia River. Illusion was founded in 2002 in Black Diamond, Washington, about 35 miles southeast of Seattle on the way to Mount Rainier. The site near Lyle allows an opportunity to visit the winery and toss a ball for Siena the winery dog. With the January 2005 release of 2002 Apparition, a Bordeaux-style red table wine, the winery quickly established itself as one of Washington State's most exciting new boutique wineries. – Description from milana

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    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • I’ve been through this so many times before that it becomes rote. The ... maybe that is a bit of an illusion driven by the massive numbers sold by a handful of Italian producers. In truth some of those wines, remarkably inexpensive as they are, offer tremendous value to the casual wine drinker. Easy to drink, fruity, and light on the palate, t... Read More

    From the article Time to Ponder Pinot Gris(gio)


  • GregT, that was a truly wonderful piece of informational writing! Wow. Perhaps ... the wineries creating the ILLUSION of hipsters who hate on sugar and oak? Perhaps it's just the nature of a pendulum's swing?With regards to age on oaky whites, I'm hoping for some caramel/hazelnut/ooey gooey notes. Is that what you would consider oxidative note... Read More

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  • "As usual, Greg, you have written a very interesting essay with, probably, ... the wineries creating the ILLUSION of hipsters who hate on sugar and oak?"Very occasionally winemakers and winery promoters will try to actually create a new trend. But more often they (particularly the latter) try to pick up early on a trend that rises from among in... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Heavily-oaked Chardonnay...


  • Is it me, or are oaky chards out of fashion? Nowadays most every producer I encounter boasts about their stainless steel tanks. All I want to experience with my Chardonnay is toast with a big ol' pad of melted butter on top. Can anyone recommend some excellent oaky chard producers? Thanks!  Read More

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  • Bock beer served from a Rheinweinflasche might work. At least the illusion of wine is there in such an instance.Or we can accept the likelihood that wine and food are matched because alcohol takes the squeak out of social interaction - all of which suggests that a Procrustean attempt to fit wine in such torrid climes and torrid food is possibly ... Read More

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  • So here's the next challenge I'm throwing down to those who think they can match wine to anything. ;-)Even more tropical than the last challenge--match wines to this locale ,,,       and to these foods (lots of poultry)...      Read More

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  • Twisted Tree Viognier Roussanne 2009

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    This wine is under the old Twisted Tree label - now superseded by the Moon ... ... ... which gives the wine the illusion of warmth and some lingering bitterness on the finish. More Roussanne and less Viognier in-your-face almond bitterness would have made this wine perfect for the price. I shall be stocking up despite this comment. This is a ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Finca la Celia Malbec Reserva 2005

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    A solid Malbec from Uco Valley situated in the famous Mendoza Region in ... ... tannin bite, finish gives an illusion of sweetness entwined with a grapey sourness. A marvelous value for money red.Decant before drinking, would age wel Read More

    Wine review by jaywalia


  • I've often heard of this phenomenon from a number of different sources, and you hear it repeated by casual drinkers over and over but i'm not really sure if I've ever heard an explanation for it.Can anyone shed some light?How a wine can drink well upon release and then for maybe a year after, but then "go to sleep" and shut down for a number of ... Read More

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  • Laetitia Arroyo Grande Valley Brut de Noirs 2006

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    90 points.The nose on this wine is just what I expect from a Blanc de Noirs. ... a ripeness that gives the illusion of the faintest sweetness at the very first sip, even though the wine is actually dry. Its both crisp and round at the same time, with limestone minerals giving backbone to some very pleasant butter, cream, and chocolate tones. R... Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth


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