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Syncline Wine Cellars

Vintners James and Poppie Mantone are transplants from other parts of the country. They met and fell in love at LaVelle Vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Settling on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, they started Syncline in 1999. (Note: A syncline is a type of rock formation seen in the Columbia River Gorge.)

James’ background as a microbiologist and organic chemist has ingrained in him an exceptional attention to detail. In his mind, the gaseous, bubbly, seemingly out-of-control fermentation process makes perfect scientific sense. Syncline Wine Cellars’ focus is on Rhône-style wines, and that aforementioned attention to detail may help explain why a growing number of wine lovers call Syncline their favorite wine.

If your taste buds have a predilection for the supple, food-friendly flavors of grenache, Mourvèdre, roussanne, or viognier, this is the place for you. Plus, if you’re like me and enjoy wineries located in an old barn with rows of manicured vineyards in the background, Syncline makes for a beautiful afternoon and an ideal setting for a picnic. And keep in mind that its southern Rhône blend makes a great companion for the picnic fare you’ve packed.

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    Syncline Wine Cellars was featured in WineTrails of Washington as part of the Columbia River Gorge WineTrail on page 176!

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