The sun was shining, summer was in full swing and I absolutely made a U-turn on US 97 between Wenatachee and Okanogan to head over to Tsillan Cellars to pick up a couple of bottles.
It was HOT that day in Chelan and despite it being a weekday, I was surprised when I walked into the climate controlled tasting room that there were only a few groups at the bar. Sarah quickly welcomed me and offered me a look at the tasting list. Rather than have a set list, Tsillan lets you pick what you want from a variety of wines listed in a leather bound book that rests on the marble slab bar. I asked Sarah to take me through her recommendations, though looking back, I wish I has just done a white tasting that day (I blame the heat for my lack of interest in the reds). Her first pour ended up being my favorite.
I have yet to pop the corks on the bottles I brought home, and since it isn't nearly as warm on the west side of the state, I hope I enjoy them as much as I did that day. From prior experience tasting Tsillan wines though I'm sure I won't be disappointed.
I'm sure this won't be my only detour for wine and I strongly encourage you to make one this summer too! Your taste buds and your wine rack will appreciate it.