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, July 20, 2006

2006 Classification of Washington State Wineries

To a large extent, the wineries in each category make wines in different styles that serve different purposes. For example, many of the very good wineries mostly make great everyday and picnic wines, whereas wines made by the extraordinary wineries are more suitable for an elegant dinner or a special occasion. Of course, most wineries make a broad range of wine, so this is definitely a very broad generalization. Any of you who are disturbed by the idea of a classification of Washington Wineries, just think of this as a “best” list similar to “best” lists published by the Weekly or Seattle Magazine. Or just think of it as Gene's List.


Premier Grand Cru (Extraordinary)

Quilceda Creek
Leonetti


Deuxieme Grand Cru (Outstanding)

Andrew Will
Betz
Cadence
DeLille
Januik *
K Vintner
McCrea
Northstar
Pepper Bridge


Troisieme Grand Cru (Exceptional)

Abeja
Amavi
Baer
Beresan
Boudreaux
Brian Carter
Buty
Canon de Sol
Columbia Crest Reserve
Dunham
Fidelitas
Hightower
Isenhauer
L’Ecole
O-S
Reininger
Rulo*
Terra Blanca
Three Rivers
Spring Valley
Walla Walla Vineyards *
Woodwood Canyon


Quatrieme Grand Cru (Excellent)

Andrake
Animale
Apex
Bergevin
Cameraderie
Cougar Crest*
Dusted Valley*
El Mirador
Lake Missoula
Mark Ryan
Novelty Hill*
Red Sky
Saint Laurent
Syncline
Syzygy
Thurston Wolfe
Whitman
Willow Crest*
Wilridge
Yakima Cellars
Zefina
Zerba


Cinqieme Cru ( Very Good)

Cascade Cliffs*
Chinook*
Chatter Creek
Claar
Desert Wind
Gordon Brothers*
Hogue Genesis*
Ryan Patrick
Sagelands*
Wineglass
Yellow Hawk

* Good value


New Wineries (Unclassified)

aMaurice
Chester-Kidder
Fall Line
Feather
Nisqually
Pedestal
Pirouette
Poet's Leap
Sequel
Sparkman
Waters

6 Comments:

  • At 10:07 PM, Blogger IslandGuy said…

    I agree with the majority of your listings - good start.

    At least three wineries need to be included: Cayuse, Seven Hills and DeLille

     
  • At 10:26 AM, Blogger SeattleWineBlog said…

    Island Guy - Thank you for your comment. You are so right about DeLille. I am horrified that I accidentally omitted it. Maybe that's because I couldn't decide whether it is a "Firsth Growth" or a " Super- Second". I've always found Seven Hills to be a little iffy, but I am open. What has your experience been with them? Cayuse has a great reputation, but has mixed ratings and I have no personal experience with them. Maybe we should start a sort of Zagat rating system for wineries. What do you think?

     
  • At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Jared said…

    I have to agree with Islandguy. Even if you don't have any experience with Cayuse, I think it deserves to be at least listed as a Deuxieme Grand Cru. I don't have any experience with DRC but am I going to leave them out of any "Best Burgandy" list? I think not. As far as the mixed ratings go...all you have to do is try the wine and you'll see that Cayuse possesses the taste and refinement and deserves to be in the conversation with Quilceda Creek and Leonetti. Great blog!

     
  • At 1:02 PM, Blogger SeattleWineBlog said…

    Thanks, Jared, for your comment. Your point re: DRC wines is well taken, although I've never been that impressed with them. I will be sure to include Cayuse in the "2007 Classification." By then, hopefully, I will have had a chance to taste them.

     
  • At 3:40 PM, Blogger funjared said…

    very cool...i enjoy reading your blog...do you know of any other washington wine blogs that are out there? i'm an obsessed washington wine geek!!

     
  • At 5:36 PM, Blogger SeattleWineBlog said…

    Thanks for your comment. Here are some other Washington wine blogs:

    Northwest Vinophile
    The Nose Knows
    The Wine Blog

    I know a lot about wine, but not much about computers. If anyone can explain how to do links, I would be happy to link to these other blogs.

     

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