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Red Diamond Shiraz 2009

Red Diamond Shiraz 2009
Washington State

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This Shiraz has the most interesting nose I’ve smelled in a while. It’s full of leather and juicy blackberry. The wine itself is much thinner than expected for a Shiraz, but it’s nicely matured. Blackberry swoops up then is replaced with whipped cream and spices. Pink peppercorn, a hint of anise. It goes down easily, leaving something sweet on your tongue. That leathery nose is absent while sipping.

The wine is too thin for the berry to demand attention as it should, but it’s pleasant regardless. It’ll go down fast and there’s no shame in letting it.

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Travelogue: A Day in Ellensburg

Art at Dick and Jane’s Spot in Ellensburg

Art at Dick and Jane’s Spot in Ellensburg

This is the second travelogue on my adventures in Washington State in October 2012. The first covered my suggestions for a great day trip in Yakima, and this one is in the same vein. So spend a day with me in Ellensburg, located smack dab in the middle of the state. But first, we must get to its central valley location through some gorgeous mountain passes on Canyon Road.

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A lot of these passes made me think I was heading into Mordor, but some of them had too much gorgeous blue sky shining down on them for such a conclusion.

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Not to mention the Yakima River flowing by.

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First stop in town should definitely be taking a gander at Dick and Jane’s Spot (101 N. Pearl Street).

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This is a private residence owned by the Dick and Jane of the name. They are both artists in their own right and have been working on their “spot” for nearly 30 years. There is artwork from over 40 other Washington artists also on display in the yard.  Inside the fence is off limits, but take your time wandering around the whole house.

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A Day in Yakima

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In October, I spent 2 weeks visiting my mother and stepfather in the hills of Tieton, WA. We spent a lot of time in nearby Yakima, took car rides through the mountain passes, walked the vineyard- and orchard-lined streets of Tieton, and checked out Ellensburg. This central region of Washington is absolutely gorgeous, and I thought a few photoblogs were in order.

So we start with Yakima. This is not an exact recounting of my Yakima adventures, but it is what I’d suggest for a splendid day trip to the city. Start out with what was my favorite meal of the whole two weeks: breakfast at Backwoods Country Fare Café (913 S 1st St.). Be warned: it’s cash only.

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My mother inside the restaurant.

My mother inside the restaurant.

Backwoods Country Fare Café is a hybrid of American diner breakfast/lunch and Mexican influences, as all good things on the West Coast should be in my snobby Californian opinion. It’s all mountain kitsch inside, but not overwhelmingly so. A few wolves, American Indian crafts, and the like decorate the walls. But most importantly, it’s open until 2 pm and breakfast is available for all of their hours. And it’s good!

Hot chocolate

Hot chocolate

My mother loved her thick potato soup.

BLT with a cup of potato soup.

BLT with a cup of potato soup.

Coffee was pretty decent for a strip mall location, and my chorizo omelet was delicious.

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The egg was not too thick or thin and the chorizo was wonderfully spicy. Ask for the deep-fried jalapeno to go with it and you’ll get more greasy heat that’ll make you happy. My accompanying tortillas weren’t housemade, but they were warm and serviceable.

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