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:
2. Andrew Will
3. Betz Family
8. Sleight of Hand Cellars/One Louder
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.