Top 12 Washington State Wine Clubs

In case you missed it, northwest wine writer Paul Gregutt wrote case studies about the top 12 wine clubs in The Seattle Times today. He put his list in an interesting context — you now have to wait years to purchase Leonetti Cellars or Quilceda Creek wines directly from the winery. So, sign up now to receive wines from his Top 12 list: the “cult wines of tomorrow [that] are already being made.”

I was delighted to see Alexandria Nicole Cellars first on the list. Regular readers of this blog know how Alexandria Nicole wines are among our favorites. Although we were not yet wine club members in September, winemaker Jarrod Boyle was kind enough to invite us to spend some time in the “members only” area of the tasting room in Prosser. The room is exquisite — just like Jarrod’s fine wines. And we regularly stop by the new tasting room in Woodinville.

As Gregutt notes, Jarrod recently launched a unique club, called Over The Ridge to educate its members on all aspects of winemaking practices. With an “Over The Ridge Club” membership, you will literally grow your own vineyard and create hand-crafted wine from the grapes.

Other wineries on Gregutt’s list include some that I’ve written about in the past: Cadence, Three Rivers and Woodward Canyon.  Here is the complete list:

1. Alexandria Nicole Cellars

2. Andrew Will

3. Betz Family

4. Bunnell Family Cellar

5. Buty

6. Cadence

7. J. Bookwalter

8. Sleight of Hand Cellars/One Louder

9. Syncline

10. Three Rivers

11. Va Piano

12. Woodward Canyon

Please read Gregutt’s informative article for details about the wine clubs. Gregutt is an acclaimed wine writer who really knows his stuff! In fact he’s on a tour right now to promote his latest book, Washington Wines & Wineries: The Essential Guide.


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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.”