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

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Favorite Washington Wines of 2005

Okay, so I haven’t been posting daily, so much for New Year’s resolutions. Here are my favorite Washington State wines for 2005. These are my personal favorites, not a ten best list, that’s why you don’t see any Riesling or Gewurztraminer, even though some very fine examples are made here in Washington. Same with sweet dessert wines.


  • Cadence “Bel Canto”

  • DeLille “D2”


  • Amavi

  • Pepper Bridge


  • Northstar

  • Novelty Hill

  • Columbia Crest Reserve

  • Red Diamond


  • Rulo “Silo”

  • Rulo

  • Reininger

  • Dunham

  • Columbia Crest Reserve

  • Saint Laurent

  • Three Rivers- any of three specific vineyard wines

Cabernet Franc

  • Willow Crest

  • Chandler’s Reach


  • Chinook Cabernet Franc Rose


  • Amavi

  • L'Ecole


  • Dusted Valley


  • Apex

  • Januik

  • Columbia Crest


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