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Cabernet Sauvignon Lovers Unite in Walla Walla this Weekend

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Cabernet Sauvignon lovers from all over the country are in Walla Walla this weekend. It is the first 'Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine.'

As the region grows increasingly popular because of its newfound wine fame more people are looking to learn about the blends they love. 

"Very fruit forward. Definitely some complexity. Definitely some earthiness," said DaMa winemaker Mary Derby, describing their Cabernet.

"We just love to have the contact with new consumers and new people that come in and discover DaMa and Walla Walla. That's what it's all about. Being able to share our story, share our wines," Derby said.

"We have some awesome wines in the Walla Walla Valley and obviously the state of Washington, so it's an exciting time and people are really getting to know Washington and particular AVA's as well," said Duane Wollmuth, the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance's Executive Director.

Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine is an outgrowth of their Vintage Pour event, according to Wollmuth. He said they have sold nearly 500 tickets for different events over the weekend with people coming from as far as Tennessee, Texas and Hawaii.

"I tell people you can either know nothing at all and come to these sessions or you can be an expert and there's still something to learn," Wollmuth said.

The Walla Walla Valley has been called the next Napa Valley. In addition to Cabernets, that comparison is another focus of the weekend.

"It really is an opportunity to compare and contrast and see how the winemaking styles and conditions from each of these areas differs," Wollmuth said.

If Cab is not your wine of choice, each year will feature a different blend. Next year, Sirah and in 2015, Merlot.

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