Fall Line and Januik Cabs

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I was glad to see that Fall Line Winery and Januik Winery were among those recognized last week by Gene at Seattle Wine Blog. Gene has been traveling around wine country for what seems like months — to Walla Walla, Sequim and San Francisco. You can read all about his adventures and his reviews on Seattle Wine Blog.  Gene is a wine writer, wine educator and former publisher of the Northwest Consumer’s Wine Guide and in my opinion, his blog is recommended reading.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Fall Line Winery’s 2004 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is my favorite wine right now. This wine is unique and spectacular — in fact, we enjoyed a bottle of it last night.  It’s a sophisticated blend of 100 percent Cab — in other words, it’s a blend of Cab grapes from three vineyards and well worth the $30 price point. I’ve also written about Winemaker Mike Januik at Novelty Hill Januik. At $40, the Januik 2004 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is also fabulous.

So a shout-out to Gene for recognizing these fine wineries, which I applaud too. Cheers!

Washington Merlots Win Again

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Merlot Madness!! Washington Merlots Were the Winners is the title of an article yesterday on Ken’s Wine Guide. (Ken is a new blogger friend of mine who also writes all about wines on his blog Boston Wine Buzz.) Ken and his KWG panel held a blind tasting of Merlots in June. There were so many Merlots on the list that they were divided into two groups based on price. On the high end, 13 wines were reviewed — and Washington’s own 2003 Reininger Merlot and 2004 J. Bookwalter Winery Merlot were the top two winners.

How did Ken’s tasting panel reach its decisions? Did any other Washington state wineries make the cut? Read the complete article to find out.

And while you’re there, have a look at all 113 Washington state wineries that are recommended by Ken’s Wine Guide. Not surprisingly, Quilceda Creek Vintners takes the top three spots in both quality and price.

Cheers to Ken, who appreciates Washington state wines!