Wonderful Woodhouse Wine Weekend

What a wonderful “Woodhouse Wine Weekend” this has been! The experience began on Friday night. After working very late, we opened a bottle of Kennedy Shah 2005 Merlot from Woodhouse Family Cellars in Woodinville. It was so amazing that we easily polished off the bottle.

Winemaker Tom Campbell really scored with this smooth wine. Here are his tasting notes: A medium weight Merlot with raspberries, blueberries, smoky earth and spice on the nose and palate. Bright acidity supports the fruit through the palate and into the finish. The wine will find natural pairings with many foods from earthy vegetarian dishes to meat based dishes with beef or pork.”

My “Woodhouse Wine Weekend” continued on Saturday. I stopped by Woodhouse Family Cellars to say hello to owner Bijal Shah, and there was Tom himself, crafting some old-world style blends in the barrel room. 

I sat down with both of them, heard some fascinating stories and tasted some incredible wines. The tasting room was very busy on Saturday, despite a downpour and threats of snow!

I’ve written several posts in the past about Woodhouse Family Cellars, and I’m still as passionate, if not more so, about these fine Washington state wines.

I highly recommend that you stop by the winery, which features a tasting bar, barrel room and organic garden. If you’re lucky, Bijal will be pouring that day, and will tell you the unusal stories behind each of the winery’s five labels. In the meantime, you can read about them on the Woodhouse Family Cellars’ Web site.


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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.”

2 thoughts on “Wonderful Woodhouse Wine Weekend

  1. My wife & I spent Saturday afternoon visiting several tasting rooms in North Woodinville and had the opportunity to meet the wine makers at Washington Wine Company. Our experience was similar to yours, a chance to barrel taste the varietals for upcoming blends. Time got away from us and we lost the chance to visit Woodhouse Family which is a must when I’m in Woodinville. Sounds like you had a lovely time. Maybe we’ll bump into each other there in the future. Darighe and Dussek are among my 10 favorite Washington wines. Rich, luscious, almost decadent.

    P.S. If you like big, bold, dark, Syrahs, check out Derek Desvoigne’s Cuilin Hills “The Dungeon”. The 2005 is sold out but the 2006 is being barrel tasted now for release on March 29. They are taking pre-sale orders. It will be worth your time.

  2. Hi Bob,
    You are absolutely right — our palates do appear to be similar. I wrote about Cuillin’s 2005 The Dungeon after St. Nick’s weekend: http://writeforwine.com/wineblog/2008/01/03/arlington-road-baer-cuillin-hills-and-edmonds-winery/

    I’m glad you like Woodhouse family Cellars — it’s one of our favorite wineries in Woodinville. Darighe and Dussek are among my favorites too, but we also really enjoy many wines in the Kennedy Shah label.

    Maybe we will bump into each other there one weekend. Next time you go, please tell Bijal that you read my blog!

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