Sweet Valley Wines

1007 W Rose St
Walla Walla, WA 99362
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Our winemaker, Josh McDaniel’s, is an up and coming wine making guru for the new millennium. He credits his growth in the industry to numerous people and events. Don Redman of Mannina Cellars and Chris Figgins of Leonetti Cellar first gave him the exposure needed. He started up through the ranks as a cellar assistant, more commonly known as cellar rat, for Mannina Cellars in Walla Walla. Josh volunteered for Don during crush and asked for advice and help from Chris. Eventually Chris helped him out with his first 25 plant Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard and Don helped him with the winemaking to start Sweet Valley Wines. Today, with the help of his father, a few other family members and close friends, he develops our wines while continuing to work for Leonetti Cellar, and all in conjunction with finishing his studies at the Institute of Enology and Viticulture in Walla Walla. When looking to start a winery he knew it definitely had to be in Walla Walla. Josh has been raised in the Walla Walla Valley, loves Read more »

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  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Last night we had our neighborhood friends (Debbie & Rick) over for a nice wine dinner.  I bought some NY strip steaks for three of us and a nice fillet of halibut for Debbie.  Sandra (my sweetie) made pasta and a wonderful salad.  Appetizers included bruschetta along with sprouts in an olive oil dressing.  We had a few bottles of white wine in ... Read More

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  • Yeah - asparagus is really hard. You kind of want a white that has some herbal notes to it, which is why I mentioned Sauv Blanc before. Many whites have a citrus kind of element, some have a floral quality, and neither of those really works with asparagus. I guess I'd go with something like a really lean wine from say the Loire Valley. But it's ... Read More

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  • Hi All!  I could really use some advice.  My husband and I run a restaurant and we are having a 4-course Valentines dinner and I'm looking to pair each course with wine.  Affordable wines...lol!  The courses I need help with are: ginger soy braised beef with crispy rock shrimp tempura(think Nobu style) with cauliflower puree carrots and snap pea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Twist on surf and turf and...


  • Due to popular demand (don't ask where that demand came from or you'll spoil my fun), we appear to need some new wine discussion topics.  This topic was only relevant to Thursday as a test case but was subsequently expanded to cover the weekend too.  What ever you bring up in this topic should either occur on a Thursday - Sunday, or it could be ... Read More

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  • There’s nothing more comforting and warming on a cold winter evening than a roaring fire and a full-bodied, robust red wine – one with a bit of oomph.  The frigid season ushers in hearty, meaty dishes with bold flavors that require wines equally as bold and assertive. While I can go down the list, the first four chest-thumping, macho grape varie... Read More

    From the article Robust Red Wines to Enjoy This Winter


  • A news outlet from Vermont's Lake Champlain Valley region in Vermont is reporting that ice wine harvests, were completed earlier this week by Shelburne Vineyards, one of several ice-wine producing wineries in the area. “Generally the harvest takes place in December but this year they were harvested on January 6, the latest it has ever been for t... Read More

    From the article Late Harvest For Ice Wines in Vermont


  • A nice surprise this morning - our daughter-in-law's parents dropped off a few gifts for us.  One gift was a very special bottle - the 2012 Caymus Vineyards 40th anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon in a 1 liter bottle.  It's worth about $65 at Total Wine, but some reviewers found it a little sweet.  Here's the Wine Advocate assessment for it's 96 poi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • The Old World wines have always been a hit in the New World, and an article released by Reuters earlier this year indicates the love affair between old and new isn't letting up. “Although Italy is the world's largest wine exporter, Italians are drinking less wine as American consumption rises,” Reuters reported.  The driving force behind the con... Read More

    From the article Americans Drink More Italian Wines Than Italians


  • Port wine. Is it what your granny might drink? Well one of the many charms of Port is that the last bottle I tasted was harvested, vinified and put in a barrel way before my granny (may she rest in peace) was even born. Actually, I’m not sure my great-great grandmother was born either. To find out would require referencing some very stuffy, dust... Read More

    From the article Port Wine Brings You Closer to Christmas Past


  • While some wine experts may recommend wild boar, one wine group prefers to pair reds and whites with scorpions and worms. United Kingdom-based wine group Laithwaite's recently experimented with the relationship between insects and wine by releasing a guide to pairing 10 insects with 10 wines. The results, it goes without saying, were somewhere b... Read More

    From the article Hints of Barbecued Locust: UK Wine Merchant Features Insect Pairings


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