Basel Cellars - Walla Walla, WA, USA ????


Is anyone familiar with Basel Cellars Estate Winery, in the Walla Walla
Valley of Washington state, USA?? A friend knows their winemaker well and
has recommended the wine, but I don't think it is available much outside the
winery. Before I make blind purchase, any info would be helpful?
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Midlife
Midlife,
You can find info on Basel Cellars @ AppellationAmerica.com. Their page info is here:
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Additional info on Walla Walla can be found here:
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Explore away!
Best, Eric Quanstrom
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EQ
I have visited the winery. It is in an opulent mansion on a hill overlooking the migrant worker housing. The wines are very good IMO.
Incidentally, but most of the blurb about Walla Walla at AppellationsAmerica.com is wrong. Not important for wine-tasting purposes, but if you are interested in the geology/geography of the area, please look elsewhere.
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AyTee
in article snipped-for-privacy@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com, AyTee at on 8/25/05 6:51 PM:
Thanks for the response. Sounds like it's worth pursuing.
I haven't been around here all the much lately. Is AppellationsAmerica on the "dangerously close to spammer" list? I tend to wonder when I get a commercially oriented non-response to a question I post. I obviously didn't need Basel's location nor web address nor, certainly, a come-on to a commercial wine site.
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Midlife
A knowledgeable wine buddy who recently bought a house in WW forwards this:
"Yessir, I have been there, know the winemaker, and have several new releases sitting in my cellar at the moment. They are big, oaky, somewhat Parkerized wines, and not cheap. So I would taste before buying to make sure they ring your bell."
JJ
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jj
I have never heard of AppellationsAmerica.com before this thread, so I don't want to accuse them of spamming. I lived in Walla Walla for 11 years and learned enough to know their description is suspect, at best.
As for Basel Cellars, they are worth checking out. I understand that you have a personal connection with Basel, and that is fine. But if you are actually going to Walla Walla, I hope you will explore other wineries as well.
Andy
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AyTee
in article snipped-for-privacy@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com, AyTee at on 8/26/05 10:11 PM:
Thanks to you and other posters for the info on Basel. I don't know when I'll be in the area, but likely within the next year, and I don't think I would ever even consider visiting just one winery in any wine region. I have family and another personal connection to a WA winery (Kalamar) and they're over near Tacoma, so there's lots of space in between to cover, just for openers.
In this case I was considering ordering a couple of bottles, based on my friend's opinion, and the price caused me to look for a second or third opinion before buying. Still may wait 'til I'm up there.
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Midlife

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