Appellation: Columbia Valley
Perhaps no one has made as much wine over a longer period of time in the Pacific Northwest than Juergen Grieb, who trained in Germany and arrived in 1982 on Washington’s Wahluke Slope. In 2010, he launched Treveri Cellars near Yakima, Wash., and turned it into the state’s largest family-owned and operated sparkling wine house. He and son, Christian, work with Upland Vineyard on Snipes Mountain for their sparkling Müller-Thurgau, a German cross of noble Riesling with Madeleine Royale, a table grape. The family takes a German “sekt” approach to these bubbles, leaving room for more sweetness, nearly 2% residual sugar in this case. The result is a fun wine redolent of orchard fruit, offering layer upon layer of ripe peach and Bartlett pear. Its lovely mousse and persistent bubbles lead to a finish of apple pie crust and a rub of orange peel. This ranked among the top entries in Wine Press Northwest magazine's recent judging of sparkling wine for the Fall 2019 issue, earning the equivalent of a gold medal.
Rated “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine. (12% alc.)
Cases produced: 200
Food pairings: Enjoy with spicy Asian fare, creamy pasta dishes, dumpling soup, risotto or a plate of cured meat, firm cheeses and fresh green vegetables.
The Grieb family’s tasting room, which is open daily near the Yakima suburb of Union Gap, offers a stunning panoramic view of the Yakima Valley with Mount Adams in the distance.
71 Gangl Road, Wapato, WA 98951