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, May 22, 2006

Nick's - My Kind of Restaurant

Nick's in McMinnville is my kind of restaurant. I actually don't remember what I ate there, but I know it was good. What I remember is the wine list. We started with a slightly fruity, but dry, 2005 Elk Cove Pinot Gris. Our excellent waiter recommended the 2002 Panther Creek Bednarik Vineyard, a wonderful wine that just continued to develop complexity over the evening. Big, complex, and full of interesting flavors, we just loved this wine from beginnig to end. The wine list read like a who's who of Oregon wine and was so much more gratifying than so many award-winning lists put together by famous sommeliers such at prestigeous restaurants that cover the entire waterfront of cult wines and very old Bordeaux. And the most amazing part of all? The wine was only marked up 25% above retail.This is exceptional and rarely seen in these days of triple mark-up from wholesale which comes out to double retail or more. Wish there were more Nick's in the world.

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