Matthews Cellars has it all

Matthews Cellars‘ tasting room in Woodinville has a winning combination — robust Bordeaux-style wines and the friendliest tasting room people around. Whenever I drop by, I experience some fine wines and learn the latest news in Woodinville wine country. In addition to pouring some ridiculously good reds over the last few years, the friendly folks at Matthews Cellars told us to be sure to visit Brian Carter Cellars, JM Cellars, Page Cellars and William Church Winery, to name a few. Now that’s Woodinville wine country spirit!

I recently visited Matthews Cellars’ tasting room with my nephew Mathew (only one “t” in his name), and they didn’t even mind that his cute little dog Edie trotted in behind us. Everybody in the tasting room fell in love with Edie, and Mathew and I both fell head-over-heels with Matthews’ 2001 Columbia Valley Red Wine.

This library wine is a premium Bordeaux-style red blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 13% Cab Franc, 4% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot. Winemaker Matthew Loso sourced fruit from “only the most prestigious vineyards in the Columbia Valley and Red Mountain appellations.” And it shows. My tasting notes were very brief: “Elegant. Rich. Velvety. Love it!” (I was too busy sipping, chatting, enjoying the fuss over Edie, my cool nephew and the fun conversation to write more elaborate notes.)

The 2001 Columbia Valley Red Wine is drinkable now through 2016. I know because one of the coolest things that Matthews Cellars’ Web site offers is a Library page that lists all the library wines and their years of drinkability. I wish all winery Web sites offered that feature. (Transparent plug: Trust me when I give Web site advice. My business, Write for Wine, creates Web site content for wineries, wine bars, distributors and other organizations in the wine industry. I’ve been working in interactive media since 1994.)

Back to Matthews Cellars — I also give very high marks to Matthews Cellars 2003 Conner Lee Cabernet Franc–a deep ruby 100% Cab Franc that is only available in a 3-bottle wooden box (3-750 ml. bottles) for $330.00.  This wine is both sensuous and elegant, and a must-have for Cab Franc lovers. It will be high on my holiday gift wish list!


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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.”