Much of the art of winemaking is in blending. I first realized that a few years ago when we had the fortune to visit Bordeaux. Ah, mais oui, we adored the Bordeaux blends. We couldn’t visit all 7,000 chateaux, naturellement, but we did explore the famous “Road of the Chateaux.” From Chateau Margaux to Chateau Lynch-Bages, we found some fabulous blends.
Washington state wine country is located on approximately the same latitude as Bordeaux, and shortly after our trip to France, we set out to discover our state’s Bordeaux-style wines. And we were delighted to find many Washington state winemakers who excel at the art of blending. From Fall Line’s 100% blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from different three different vineyards to 2003 Meritage (Columbia Valley) from Three Rivers Winery, Washington state winemakers know their craft.
The number of Washington wineries increased 400% in the last decade, attracting two million annual visitors to Washington wine country and creating a multi-million dollar wine-tourism industry. Whether you live in the state or if you’re from the northwest — from British Columbia to Oregon — think about taking the short trip to Washington wine country on your next vacation.