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, August 22, 2011

One Of The Best Kept Wine Secrets In America

OK, OK, so the sky isn't falling. Or maybe it's better to just enjoy your wine and not worry about the world One way to forget the world crisis is a visit to the source of some of the best bottles in the U.S, dare I say in the world? Buried in  a Seattle suburb, half an hour from downtown you can find some of the best wine in the U.S. Napa move over. There are well over 100 excellent wineries and tasting rooms in Woodinville, Washington. So many wineries from east of the,Cascades, where the grapes grow, have dicided to "bring the mountain to Mohammed", so to speak, o,r as Willy Sutton supposedly said, go where the money is. Dusted Valley and Isenhower are just two Walla Walla wineries  that have recentlyset up shop in Woodinville.

So many great wines, so little time. Yesterday we took our friends, Alan & Judy, on a brief tour of some of our faves. Alas, we didn't get to Novelty Hill, Januik, Brian Carter or Adam's Bench to name a few, but we did manage to stop in at Hestia's new digs where Shannon et al were busily hammering away in their new winery. Shannon was kind enough to take some time out from construction to taste us on his two flagship wines. The 2008 Syrah was spectacular and full flavored. The2008 Cab more linear. Judy couldn't resist the Syrah.

Pondera just across the allet was open for business so we mosied over there. We first tasted Pondera wines at one of David Le Cl;aire's Discoveries and Debuts a few years ago and even then they really stood out. All the wine were good, but the 2008 Cuvee and 2008 Sericus really stood out for us The Cuvee so flavorful, so balancd, so appealing, for only twenty bucks and the Sericus, more serious, bigger, full flavored. To heck with school, to heck with Davis, the heck with Boing, these guys know what they are doing. And the artistry entends beyond winemaking, to painting. Judy couldn't resist a fabulous print of a wild horse for only twenty bucks.

South a few miles to DeLille's new tasting room. DeLille is one of those wineries that is not only totally reliable, but spectacular at the same time. After a little chat with Jay Soloff, we tasted through three of their Rhone style wines and three of their Bordeaux style wines.  Of the wines poured, our favorites this time around were the 2008 Harrison Hill and the 2010 Doyenne Rousanne. The 2008 Harrison Hill comes from one of the oldest vineyards in  Washington. The Cabernet Sauvignon was softened up and balanced out by 25% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot - supple, silky and pure. Yum! The 2008 Rousanne was mindblowingly magnificent. Probably the best Rousanne I 've ever had. Truly spectacular - a virtual mountain water fall flowing down my gullet with all the flavor of the stones in a Cascade stream -Wow!

So now the secret is out! Where else can you find so many great wineries concentrated in just a a few square miles? Well there is one other place - the South Park area just south of Seattle. There you can taste amazing wines from the likes of Cadence, Fall Line, Note Bene, Falling Rain, Smasne and others.

Don't want to spend a bundle on a wine vacation? Seattle wineries and tasting rooms are still the best kept secret treasure in the wine world.Save on airfare and spend on wine.


  • At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    For Immediate Release
    The Northwest Food and Wine Festival Welcomes Pate’ in Portland!
    November 5th, 2011 4 – 8 p.m.

    Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah Street Portland, Oregon 97232

    Preferred Grand Tasting: 4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M General admission: 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
    The Northwest’s legendary food and wine festival will be kicking off its 6th Annual season with all the usual components that make up great events. Featuring the best of Northwest Wines's, Spirits and Beers in combination with highest quality cuisines from the areas well known and famous chefs and restaurants. New this year, a professional chefs competition will be added called “Pate'... in Portland!”
    Professional chefs will compete to win the coveted Golden Goose Award along with cash and bragging rights. Portland is well known for handmade charcuteries, locally grown proteins and gourmet chef creations.
    “We thought this would be a fun way to celebrate the chefs here and make Portland the first city in the United States to host such a competition. We’re allowing up to 25 chefs to compete and within two different categories, Traditional Pate’ and Creative Pate’, it’s always fun to see just how creative our restaurants can get in Portland. We’ve been receiving national recognition for a “restaurant town with chefs to watch as well as award winning chefs” so bringing Pate’ into the mix can’t do anything but create an opportunity to highlight our food scene even more, ” says Director Chris Cannard. Guests of the festival will be able to vote for their favorites too in the people’s choice award until the last smear is gone.
    The Northwest Food and Wine Festival has grown to be the area’s best festival, and a must attend for anyone who enjoys the finer side of tasting, sipping and munching gourmet fare every year!
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