A Taste of Red

Every year we try to go to Columbia Winery’s annual red wine tasting experience, appropriately called Taste of Red. This year’s event, on Nov. 10-11, was as much fun as every other year that we’ve attended. For a small fee, we received cute little tokens (corks, tiny thimble-sized wine glasses or bells) that we turned in for eight tastes of Columbia’s finest red wines–many are only available at the winery.

One of this year’s highlights was a barrel-tasting of the amazing 2006 Milestone Red, Columbia Valley. We absolutely loved this wine and were disappointed that it won’t be bottled and available for purchase for another year! We also tasted 2003 Cabernet Franc, 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2001 Milestone Merlot, 2005 Sangiovese and 2002 Syrah, all from Red Willow Vineyard, which we had an opportunity to visit a few months ago. I wrote many posts about that experience. We also tasted an excellent 2003 Zinfandel from Alder Ridge Vineyard and the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon from Otis Vineyard.

It was a fun event — Cellist John Ames entertained the crowd; we bumped into Scott and April and caught up on the last couple of years; and we met some fun folks in the very long line to try delicious samples from The Cheese Cellar. Even our dogs benefited from this wine tasting event — we took home some Wet Noses peanut butter-and-molasses dog biscuits.


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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.”