Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Monday, July 23, 2007

Walla Walla Winery II - Sleight Of Hand

Abracadabra, abracadabra, POOF! By sleight of hand, winemaker Trey Busch, former winemaker at Basel Cellars has tranformed into a new avatar of himself, so much so that when we stopped at Sleight of Hand to inquire about another winery I didn't even recognize him. The whole magic show led me to think that we had happened upon one of the typical tourist tasting rooms in downtown Walla Walla. I thought perhaps this shill was about to bring out a hook, but Trey was so helpful that we returned to taste his wines not realizing that it was the Great Wine Magician, himself, hiding under the cape. His first wine is a 2006 Gewurztraminer called, of all things, the Magician, with lots of interesting flavors and a surprising amount of body. His second wine is "The Spellbinder", a delicious 2005 Cab Franc blend that is both complex and easy at the same time. The third wine, The Archimage", is a big, significant, Bordeaux style blend with lots of nuanced flavor and plenty of backbone for ageing. Trey is one of the first winemakers to do the totally sane thing - put bottles for current drinking in screwcaps, and close wines for ageing with corks. One can't help but think that Trey has pulled off a Houdiniesque escape from some trap he was in, but, in any event he seems to be having a lot of fun and his tasting room is a lot of fun. There is a "sleight" disconnect at Sleight of Hand" as the wines in the fun bottles are really serious stuff and Trey, the Magician, is a really serious winemaker. I'm sure we can look forward to more magical potions from Trey.


  • At 8:34 PM, Blogger Catie said…

    Hi my friend and tasting budddy!
    I remember how much you loved Trey's wines. When Trey runs out you might still be able to get it through me. Sorry I boo-booed and didn't call you when I was in Seattle.


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