Have you ever opened a bottle of red wine, poured it into a glass, and immediately took a sip?
Perhaps, at first sip, you’re not sure if you like the wine so much. Then, you realize the wine needs to breathe. This is exactly the reason why so many open a bottle of wine and let it sit, use a decanter, or pour it through an aerator.
Until recently, I didn’t realize there was another method of enjoying your wine as soon as you open the bottle.
Turns out, a German company has come up with technology built into the wine glass.
Eisch Glaskultur has created the SensisPlus glass which looks like a normal wine glass but supposedly enhances the enjoyment of wine.
Naturally, we put it to the test! We compared the Eisch SensisPlus glass with the Eisch Superior glass to see if we noticed the difference.
We opened a bottle of Basel Cellars red wine and immediately poured the wine into each glass.
As for the aroma, we didn’t notice an immediate difference between the two glasses. However, the aromas coming from the SensisPlus glass became more vibrant much faster than in the Superior. With the SensisPlus, the aromas seemingly danced around in the glass.
First we tasted the wine in the SensisPlus glass. And yes, it did taste as if the wine came from a bottle opened an hour ago. The wine we tasted in the Superior glass wasn’t nearly as vibrant at this stage.
At first sip, the SensisPlus glass definitely enhanced the wine. But, after a few minutes, the gap started closing and the difference wasn’t nearly as noticeable.
The Eisch Glaskultur SensisPlus glass retails around $30 per glass. Which, for a high-end wine glass, isn’t that out of the ordinary. Every serious wine drinker needs some serious stemware, but it all comes down to brand preference.
Disclaimer: These Eisch Glaskultur glasses were sent by Balzac Communications & Marketing for review.
A thriving wine region combined with a picturesque downtown, art galleries, a prestigious college, and cosmopolitan restaurants make Walla Walla, Washington a must-visit for wine lovers.
“There’s just something about Walla Walla.”
This is an assertion we would hear again and again from the locals during our 4-night stay in Washington Wine Country. We heard first-hand accounts from several people who came to visit the town years back and never left.
And, as we walked around and got to know the town, we realized: There is something about Walla Walla.
Every preconceived notion we had about the place was forgotten the minute we pulled into town.
It’s beautiful and charming. Why didn’t anyone ever tell us about this place?
The semi-quaint main street is lined with trees and the occasional sculpture. Most importantly, about a dozen or more vineyards have set up their tasting rooms in downtown and the restaurants are delicious, as in cosmopolitan-food-snob-gourmet-good.
Drive around Walla Walla and you’ll soon come across the intellectual heart of Walla Walla, Whitman College. Giant, lush trees and well-preserved Victorian homes surround the campus. This, without a doubt, adds to the charm and the je ne sais quoi that only a town like Walla Walla could possibly possess.
Ah, the marks of a great wine region!
Today, Washington State has over 600 wineries and is the second largest producer of wine after California.
Located in the southeastern corner of the state, Walla Walla has seen tremendous growth in the wine industry these past 10 years, producing some of the finest wines in the United States.
The reason for this is not only adequate soil and climate, but also the efforts of entrepreneurs who have put all their love and passion into winemaking.
Walla Walla is known for some great reds including (but not limited to) Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah. Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay make deliciously frequent appearances as well, among other white varietals.
There’s clearly something for every palate whether you’re red or white, sweet or dry. Don’t even get me started on those crisp, dry, fruity rosés that are pressed to impress.
So many wines, so little time. We promise to write about more great wineries and wines very soon. In the meantime, check out Reininger, Sinclair Estate, DaMa Wines, Foundry Vineyards (great art as well), Basel Cellars, Dusted Valley, Skylite Cellars, and L’école 41. And so many more…
T. Maccarones is somewhat of an established brand in Walla Walla and they own two of the best places to eat in town.
Olive Marketplace & Café is clearly the place to go for lunch. Enjoy a fresh salad on the outdoor patio as you watch the town go by or order a boxed gourmet sandwich to enjoy with a bottle of wine on-site at your favorite vineyard.
T. Maccarones itself serves amazing Italian food with fresh, local ingredients. I wouldn’t be surprised if people drive all the way from Seattle just to eat dinner here. It’s really that scrumptious.
Or, for the “real deal” just off Main Street, visit Salumiere Cesario, Walla Walla’s Gourmet Grocery.
They feature the only walk-in cheese closet in the Pacific Northwest as well as an amazing assortment of true hand cured meats from around the US, made without added nitrites. Did we mention the best Prosciutto di Parma you’ll ever find outside of Italy?
Places to Stay
When visiting Washington Wine Country, you have two lodging choices: a Bed & Breakfast or hotel.
The Marcus Whitman Hotel is the tallest building in Walla Walla and located at the heart of downtown. You can easily walk to any of the shops or tasting rooms.
However, if you’re looking for romance or charm, the Vine & Roses Bed & Breakfast is just a short 5-minute drive from the main drag.
Not only will you enjoy your luxurious suite with a private Jacuzzi tub and a romantic fireplace, but your can rest assured that your wine has a good home in the temperature controlled cellar.
Read all about our stay at this fine B&B.
Honestly, we have mixed feelings writing about Walla Walla. On the one hand, we yearn to tell the world about this gem on the outer reaches of Washington State. But on the other hand, we like the fact that it’s somewhat of an undiscovered secret.
So shhhh… don’t tell everyone!
Do you have a favorite Walla Walla destination or secret to share? Leave a comment!