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, May 07, 2009

Best of Taste Washingon

  • It's really unfair to name "Bests" of Taste Washington without tasting all of the wines, but who can taste through 800 some odd wines in four hours. Wines from many of the following outstanding wineries surely would have made the list: Amavi, Andrew Will, Baer, Barrage, Betz, Brian Carter, Buty, Cadence, Camaraderie, Darby, DeLille, Fall Line, Gorman, Hightower, Isenhower, L'Ecole, Nicolas Cole, Note Bene, O-S, Pepper Bridge, Reininger, Sheridan, Soos Creek, Spring Valley Vineyards, Syzygy, Willis Hall among others. So as usual these are really my faves among wines tasted:

  • Best Of Show - Saviah "Une Vallee"
  • Best Winemaker - James and Poppie Mantone
  • Best Winery - Quilceda Creek
  • Best New Winery - Barrage, Martinez & Martinez,
  • Best Winery Name - Falling Rain
  • Best Winery Architecture - Tertulia
  • Best Wine Name - Recession Red
  • Best Overall Quality - Januik, Novelty Hill
  • Best Value - Gordon Bros.
  • Best Puget Sound Winery - Palouse
  • Best Woodinville Winery - Hestia
  • Best Yakima Winery - Airfield
  • Best Walla Walla Winery - aMaurice
  • Best Cascade Winery - Vin Du Lac
  • Best Riesling - Palouse
  • Best Gewurztraminer - Sleight of Hand
  • Best Chardonnay - Amaurice, Sparkman
  • Best Viognier - Cougar Crest, Amaurice
  • Best Red Blend - Adam's Bench, Balboa, Quilceda Creek
  • Best Rhone Blend - Rotie Cellars
  • Best Malbec - Amaurice, Beresan, Gifford Hirlinger
  • Best Syrah - Hestia, Palouse, Saviah, Syncline, Walter Dacon
  • Best Mourvedre - Syncline, Trio
  • Best Cabernet Sauvignon - Dusted Valley, Hestia


  • At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Dave Hanson said…

    Great to know what you think is good wines. Now I don't have to guess. Thanks!


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