Not just for locals

Located west of Sea-Tac airport, E.B. Foote has such a strong local following that its winery is booked every Saturday night through the fall. One reason is its award-winning wines and the theme of the small, family-owned winery: “Producing quality wines at an affordable price-because it’s not about what it costs, it’s about how it tastes.” Another reason is the winery’s live theater performances, accompanied by wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $20 and go quickly.

But it’s not just the locals who enjoy E.B. Foote’s wine. Its 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon ($18) received 89 points from Wine Spectator. Its 2004 Syrah ($18) received 88 points from Wine Spectator. Its 2005 Zinfandel ($18) won the silver medal in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. And our favorite, 2004 Perfect a Trois ($24), won both a gold medal and “best Washington wine” at the Northwest Wine Summit, along with 89 points from Wine Enthusiast and 88 points from Wine Spectator.

Perfect a Trois–the perfect three–is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and it rivals several of the Meritages that we’ve tasted at other wineries in Washington state and California.

Founded in 1978, E.B. Foote is one of the oldest wineries in Washington state. Sherrill Miller and Rich Higginbotham became the owners and winemakers in 1991. Since the winery is small, tasting is done in the winery itself, not in a separate tasting room. If you’re anywhere near Sea-Tac airport–or even if you’re not–stop by and say hello and enjoy a free tasting.

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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”