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Washington State Wines: A Geology Overview and AVA Update

June 13 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


by Joe Via ——

Hello everyone. This is Joe Via, and it’s been a while since I last did a virtual presentation.  My next virtual tasting is scheduled on Sunday, June 13th at 3:30 p.m. Eastern/New York Time.  I’m really excited, as this topic is one of my personal favorites.  At a quick pace, we will be discussing Washington State’s geology, and especially its importance or connection with each wine growing area or American Viticultural Area (AVA) created by Glaciers, and Dams and Floods.  Oh, my!



Click to see the Washington State AVA map, then the Columbia Valley AVA map, and also a two-page infographic and map of the Walla Walla AVA.  We’ll also be pointing out the new AVA’s that have been submitted for approval. There is a lot to cover. Expect at least one and a half hours.

Because we would like everyone to have more time to locate and purchase the wines, please see my wine list recommendation for this tasting below. The focus is on L’Ecole No.41 winery from Walla Walla and because of their use of specific vineyards and AVA’s in these wines. Try to acquire at least one, maybe two or if possible, all on the list!  Please note that Pennsylvania Inventories are limited.

PLCB code #83171 – L’Ecole No. 41 Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2018 – $19.99     Click for  data sheet

PLCB code #83172 – L’Ecole No. 41 Merlot Columbia Valley 2017 – $24.99    Click for  data sheet

PLCB code #83169 –  L’Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla 2016 – $27.99     Click for data sheet

PLCB code #84868 – L’Ecole No. 41 Syrah Columbia Valley 2018 – $24.99      Click for data sheet

In 1983, L’Ecole No. 41 winery was one of the first established in Walla Walla Valley.  The current owner/winemaker of L’Ecole, Marty Clubb, has been instrumental and directly involved with appellation (AVA) and vineyard development recognition with Washington State wines. I hope we can get a good turn-out for this virtual tasting. If he is able and not dealing with any winery or vineyard issues, Marty Clubb may be joining us for this tasting from Washington.

For those who want to see a few of the maps and wine details, please use the links included above to access them.   These are all used in the PowerPoint presentation.

If it’s not raining, I plan to be outside for this presentation. I hope to see everyone then.

Let’s get them grills fired up!

Thank you.


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June 13
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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