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Tasting with Rasa: A postscript to our Washington trip

I always do the proper thing. (Well, almost always.)

In the case of winery visits, I always send a thank you note to let the owners know how much we appreciated their hospitality, with an invitation to host them for dinner and a wine tasting if they are ever in Buffalo. I’ve had a few take me up on it in the past, including Dyane Savino from Domain Drouhin.

After our most recent trip to Walla Walla, Pinto Naravane, the co-owner of Rasa Vineyards, accepted my invitation. We happily planned a Rasa wine tasting and dinner at E.B. Green’s for 15. It was a great evening during the last few months that E.B. Green’s was open.

Rasa is an up-and-coming winery producing outstanding wines in very small quantities. Each wine has its own personality and is a pleasure to drink. You may not see it in Buffalo yet, but keep your eye out.

This was the evening’s line-up; our guests were blown away by each of them:

2013 The Composer Riesling
$30, only 112 cases

2012 QED Convergence
$50. A blend of four different grapes, 174 cases produced.

2009 Principal
Reserve Syrah
$95, only 125 cases made.

2013 Veritas Sequitur Estate Syrah
$95, only 125 cases made.

2014 Tilting At Windmills
$75, 83 cases made.

2013 En Passant Merlot
$120, only 390 bottles
(all magnums) produced.

2009 Creative Impulse Cabernet and Merlot blend
$95, 254 cases produced.

2013 In Order to Form a More Perfect Union, a blend of four varietals
$95, 124 cases produced.
2014 For the Love of The Game Cabernet Sauvignon
$95, 62 cases produced.

2011 The Lyricist Riesling
$30, 186 cases produced.

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