Dropped by Darby’s

There’s a new winery in Woodinville! Darby Winery recently opened its doors to a new tasting room at 19501 144th Ave NE. We stopped by on Sunday and enjoyed chatting with winemaker Darby English, in between pours on a busy Labor Day weekend.

We tasted both his 2006 “Le Deuce” Rousanne & Viognier blend ($22) and 2005 Destiny Ridge Syrah ($30). Regular readers know that I prefer red wines, particularly Bordeaux-style blends. Darby’s 2005 Destiny Ridge Syrah was made for my palate.

To complement his old-World style wines, Darby’s wine label is the color of parchment and contains a stamp and postal markings. And while his current offerings are small –he made 195 cases of Le Deuce and 212 cases of Destiny Ridge Syrah — he plans to triple the volume within three years to 1,200 cases.

Join Darby for his grand opening celebration on Sept. 22 from 5 – 9 p.m. at the new tasting room and welcome him to Woodinville. I hope to see you there.


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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.”