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Sparkling Wine Discovery from Washington State: Treveri Cellars

Sparkling Wine Discovery from Washington State: Treveri Cellars

52 Weeks of Wine 🕔May 3, 2017 0 comments

A very special thank you to Lisa Denning of the WineChef for writing this great piece on Treveri Cellars. Lisa visited the Yakima Valley in late March and toured Red Willow Vineyard and enjoyed many Yakima Valley wines.
Spring has finally sprung here in New York City, a welcome relief after the cold, damp weather we’ve been having. But I kept reminding myself that “April showers bring May flowers” and with all of the gorgeous cherry blossoms and tulips blooming around the city, it was well worth the wait.

With the arrival of May and the thought of impending barbecues and outdoor entertaining, I am feeling inspired to whip up a batch of my world-famous guacamole (okay, maybe only famous in my neck of the woods!). Many people enjoy a nice cold beer with guacamole, but why not have it with another type of bubbly … a refreshing glass of sparkling wine?


It was love at first sip for me! I was on a press trip with a group of five other writers sponsored by Washington State Wines and we had the good fortune of meeting Jürgen Grieb, the owner/head winemaker of Treveri Winery, a producer of sparkling wines located in the Yakima Valley AVA. Jurgen’s passion had always been bubbles, which he attributes to his mother, who only drank sparkling wine. Jürgen, born and raised in Germany, studied winemaking in college and came to the United States in the early 1980s to work at a German winery in Washington State. In 2007 he started Treveri Cellars (the name comes from a variation of the town in Germany where he is from). Treveri is the only winery in Washington State which solely produces sparkling wine. The wine is produced in the traditional method like Champagne, but unlike Champagne, the style of these sparkling wines is more fruit forward, with bright acidity and not a lot of yeastiness. These wines are dry, fresh and lively with subtle flavors and would be a wonderful complement to many dishes, not just guacamole. It’s no wonder that Treveri wine has been served at White House State Department receptions and at the James Beard Foundation in New York.

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