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

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Washington Wine Favorites of 2005

The end of the year is near and it's time to reflect. We had so many wonderful wine experiences, it's hard to pick our favorites. I guess our trips to Walla Walla with Bob and Kathy Tovey and Jayne Cathcart were at the top of the list. Our dinner with a great bunch of people from Poncho at Mistral was memorable, as was our French country duck dinner with our friends Roger and Doreen Rose.

Here are our favorites for the year in no particular order:

Favorite Restaurants



  • Mistral
  • Union Bay Cafe
  • Malay Hut

Favorite Wine Shop

  • La Cantina

Favorite Wine Shop Owner

  • Stephanie Ninaud

Favorite Wine

  • DiLille "D2"

Favorite Seattle Winery

  • Cadence

Favorite New Seattle Winery

  • Fall Line

Favorite New Washington State Winery

  • Saint Laurent

Favorite Walla Walla Winery

  • L'Ecole

Favorite Yakima Valley Winery

  • Chinook

Favorite Red Mountain Winery

  • Terra Blanca

Favorite Puget Sound Winery

  • Cameraderie

Favorite Winery Name

  • Syzygy

Favorite Winemaker

  • Jean Francois Pellet at Pepper Bridge

Favorite Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Amavi

Favorite Merlot

  • Northstar

Favorite Cabernet Franc

  • Willow Crest

Favorite Syrah

  • Rulo

Favorite Bordeaux Style Blend

  • Cadence "Belle Canto"

Favorite Cardonnay

  • Apex Cellars

Favorite Viognier

  • Dusted Valley

Favorite Vineyard

  • Boushay Vineyard

Favorite Wine Auction

  • Poncho Wine Auction

Favorite Seattle Wine Event

  • Seattle Wine Society Judges Dinner

Favorite Wine Event

  • Rhone Rangers

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