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, December 19, 2005

More Holiday Gifts -Wine Judges Dinner II - Redux

Her's a repost of my recommendations from the Seattle Wine Society's Wine Judging last summer. This is a great list for holiday shopping.

What did we like at the Seattle Wine Society Dinner? We loved the reds and besides we didn't get to taste any whites which disappeared before we got there. Well, I did taste the 2004 Amavi Semillon and the 2003 L'Ecole Seven Hills Semillon. They were great - fresh and crisp with just the right amount of fruit. Saint Laurent was clearly the winner among new wineries in our opinion. Wow! Check it out. Syrah and Bordeaux-style blends were among our favorites. We also liked the Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. Here are our favorite Syrahs and Bordeaux-style Blends from the Seattle Wine Society Competition.

Syrah - Hottest Washington State Red ( about $30-$40)



  • 2003 Amavi Cellars
  • 2001 Apex Cellars
  • 2003 L'Ecole Seven Hills
  • 2002 Reininger Winery
  • 2003 Saint Laurent

Bordeaux Style Blends- Blend of two or more of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petite Verdot ( about $40-$50)

  • 2002 Cave B Estate - Cuvee du Soleil
  • 2002 Chandler Reach - Monte Regalio
  • 2002 Colvin Vineyards - Allegresse
  • 2002 L'Ecole No.41 - Perigee
  • 2002 Northstar Cellars - Stella Maris
  • 2001 Saint Laurent - Sole' Riche' Blend
  • 2002Three Rivers- Meritage Red Wine
  • 2002 Whitman - Narcissa Red

To be continued.

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