2007 Washington Wine Favorites
Studying chemistry and enology at U.C. Davis will not make you a great winemaker because winemaking is ultimately an art and depends on the creative imagination of the winemaker. Art is based on the science of light and color and also on psychology and sociology, but a painting based only on these sciences will be "schlock" art or kitch. Now that I think of it, some wines are schlock or kitch, some are "Kinkades", some are "readymades", some are mass produced factory wines, and some are exquisite masterpieces. In any event, here are my favorites of 2007. I challenge anyone to tell me what I should put on my list of favorites. I could dress them up as "bests"! I'd like to hear about your faves.
Favorite Restaurant - Cafe Campagne
Favorite Wine Shop - The Spanish Table
Favorite Wine Shop Owner - Michael Teer
Favorite Vineyard - Ciel Du Cheval
Favorite Winery - DeLille
Favorite Winery Owner - Daniel "Big Papa" Ferelli of Efest
Favorite Winemaker - John Bell
Favorite Wine - Amaurice Chardonnay
Favorite New Seattle Winery - Ponum
Favorite New Washington State Winery - Adam's Bench
Favorite Seattle Winery - DeLille
Favorite Walla Walla Winery - Amaurice
Favorite Red Mountain Winery - Terra Blanca
Favorite Yakima Valley Winery - Massett
Favorite Puget Sound Winery - Cameraderie
Favorite Terroiriste - Cris Carmada
Favorite Red Blend - Amaurice
Favorite Winery Name - Hence
Favorite Wine Name - The Evil Twin
Favorite Cabernet Sauvignon - Pepper Bridge
Favorite Merlot - Gordon Bros.
Favorite Syrah - Darby Destiny Ridge
Favorite Bordeaux Style Blend - Amaurice
Favorite Red Rhone Blend - DeLille "Aix"
Favorite White Rhone Blend - Darby Deuce
Favorite Chardonnay - Amaurice
Favorite Late Harvest Viognier - Northwest Totem
Favorite Inexpensive Winery - Balboa
Best of the Best - ???