This month's top picks

Spring showers, Alexander Valley
Spring showers, Alexander Valley

An Abundance in April

Spring brings a thirst for bright, lively flavors to match its exuberance — and we're pleased to accommodate, with a palette of brilliant flavors from our favorite people and places. Cheers!

Ale to Cascadia! (Beers to Washington)!

Washington wine gets not one, but two official months to sing its praises — but what about beer? It's about time, isn't it? Enough said, let's hoist one (or a few) to the great state of Beervana!

Balebreaker six-pack cans $10
We're stoked that we can finally take a sixer of this incredibly tasty, deliciously hoppy Yakima beer home with us! ($8.25 April 16 – 29)

Maritime Pacific six – pack bottles $9
A Seattle classic, year-in, year-out one of the best, most reliably refreshing Northwest-style ales out there. ($7.75 April 2 – 15)

Schooner Exact 34 oz. returnable bottles $6
Assertivey built, beautifully balanced. Schooner Exact got it right from the get-go and continues to up the ante with amazing ales.

Hilliard’s four-pack 16 oz cans $9
Hilliard’s doesn’t make an IPA (aren’t there plenty already?), instead focusing their "can – do" energies on outstanding pilsner, blonde and amber — among others. ($7.50 April 16-29)

Two Beers six-pack cans $9
Still more homegrown, hoppy, canned goodness, with a bright, fresh take on Cascadian character. ($7.50 April 2 – 15)

Hale’s six – pack bottles $8
Another old-school local micro. Great beers stand the test of time and these guys have been making danged fine brews for a hale of a long time. ($6.50 April 2 – 15)

Fremont Brewing six-pack cans $10
Just the sort of beer you’d expect from the center of the universe — bright, bold flavors, crisp, assertive hops and a thoroughly Fremont take on Northwest style ale. ($8.50 April 16 – 29)

Seattle Cider Co. four-pack cans $12
How do you like them apples? We think they’re the apple of our...mouths. Crispy, apply refreshment in a handy – dandy can. Can’t argue with that! ($10 April 2 – 15)

Père Jules Cidre Brut $12.75
OK, not from Washington, but since we’re talking about cidre…this French classic defines the Normandy style. Crisp, dry and packed with character.

Drinks of the month

Château Mirausse Minevois « l’Azerolles » rouge (Quite the Find!) $11
Juicy, perfectly ripe cherry and raspberry fruit lead sing a prelude to still more ripe berry fruit, seasoned with heady notes of wild herbs and spices. A lovely, drink-it-every-day kind of wine.

Balebreaker six-pack cans $10
We’re stoked that we can finally take a sixer of this incredibly tasty, deliciously hoppy Yakima beer home with us! ($8.25 April 16 – 29)

Diverse Deliciousness from Here and There

Forty Days Riesling (Quite the Find!) $9
Fresh, crisp, nectarine-y fruit, laced with hints of citrus and a whiff of apricot are the main theme, with a generous texture providing a foundation for the raciness of the flavors.

Forty Nights Red Blend (Quite the Find!) $11
Syrah and cabernet sauvignon team up to deliver a bold statement of perfectly ripe black cherry and cassis fruit, laced with classic Columbia Valley minerality. A beauty — and a lot of wine for the dough.

Forty Nights Merlot (Quite the Find!) $12.50
Few grapes translate Washington’s terroir and climate as brilliantly as merlot — and this one offers a fine example of both the variety and the place it sinks its roots.

Lioco “Noco” Chardonnay $12.50
Check this out. Sleek and bold but nonetheless subtle. Apple and pear flavors wrap around cool minerally notes, reminiscent of something Burgundian.

Château Marsau 2007 $11
Classic right bank notes of terroir lend complexity and counterpoint to the juicy, perfectly ripe red fruits, while grippy tannins and firm acidity make for a great dinner companion.

Castello di Meleto "Borgaio" Toscano Rosso $11
Sangiovese, as only Tuscany can express it. Notes of dry cherry, spice and earth, with bold cabernet notes accented with a savory tint.

Le Dolci Colline Prosecco (Quite the Find!) $13.50
There's everything to love in this bottle: aromas and flavors of orchard fruit blossoms, peach, nectarine, a cool, minerally note and fine, festive bubbles. Walking a graceful line between creamy and crisp, it's a lovely glass of deliciousness.

Castelmaure Corbières Rosé $11
A wine that was made with thirst in mind, this gregarious blend of syrah, grenache and cinsault delivers aromas and flavors of wild strawberries, a kiss of cherry and wafts of spice. Arriving early April.

Château Mirausse Minevois « l’Azerolles » rouge (Quite the Find!) $11
Juicy, perfectly ripe cherry and raspberry fruit lead sing a prelude to still more ripe berry fruit, seasoned with heady notes of wild herbs and spices. A lovely, drink-it-every-day kind of wine.

Cantina Colviolo Lambrusco organically grown $12.75
Why do we love Lambrusco? Because of wines like this. Think black cherries and red fruits, with a hint of their pits and skins, a wine that kisses the palate with the lusciousness of ripe fruit, than adds intrigue with a savory accent.

Gilbert Cellars Mourvèdre Rosé $14
Dry as a desert day, refreshing as an icy mountain stream, this is lovely stuff. Aromas of just-ripe melon, grapefruit and peach take center stage, with whispers of evergreen, savory spice and wild herbs offering accents.

Leah Jorgensen "Oregon Tour Rain" $25
Inspired (in the best sense of the word) by the sleek, vibrantly flavored reds of the Loire Valley, this wine marries cabernet franc and gamay in a celebration of bright red fruits and cool minerality. Issaquah, Fremont, Redmond and Edmonds only. Arriving early April.

Wine Tastings at Issaquah!

Saturday, April 12, 3-5 PM: Naches Heights Vineyards

Saturday, April 19, 3-5 PM: Schilling Ciders

Thursday, April 24, 4-6 PM: Murielle Claudel Wines Incredible family estate wines from France.

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All tasting notes are written by the PCC wine team, except where attributed otherwise — and in those cases, we wholeheartedly agree, and simply couldn't say it any better ourselves.

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