Taste Washington-Media Day

The Washington Wine Commission held an amazing media tasting to kick off their promotion of Taste Washington,  which will be held at Qwest Field on April 5 and 6. For details about Taste Washington, have a look at my previous post about the event — and buy your tickets now.

The media tasting was held at Hotel 1000 in a meeting room that featured three tables filled with bottles of Washington state wine and one table of some amazing appetizers from the hotel’s hot BOKA Kitchen and Bar. The wine was flowing and the appetizers were in abundance  — I wish I had BOKA’s recipe for the most incredible scallops that I have ever tasted!

Back to the wines … I decided to only taste wines that I have never had before. (Yes, that put a major limit on my choices!) My absolute favorite was from Nicholas Cole Cellars — the 2004 Camille from Columbia Valley. After tasting the superb Bordeaux-style blend, I totally understood the many accolades given to the 2004 Camille: 92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 90 points from Wine Spectator and #32 on Paul Gregutt’s Top 100 list.

The 2004 Camille blends 64% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. I could not describe it any better than the tasting notes: “The 2004 Camille oozes with decadence.  This wine, with layer upon layer of balanced fruit and spicy oak blended with aromas of dark chocolate, fresh ground espresso and a hint of sweet pipe tobacco, will entice your senses.  Intense, dark color, with a complex structure embracing velvety tannins leads to a long caressing finish.  One of our most sophisticated wines to date, your palate will desire more of this silky, sensuous Bordeaux style wine.”

We also very much enjoyed the 2004 Fidelitas OPTU and the Otis Kenyon 2005 Syrah.

These were just three of 850 wines from more than 200 of Washington’s fine wineries that will be pouring at Taste Washington next month. You do not want to miss it. We won’t!

In the next few weeks, we also intend to stop by Studio 1000, across from BOKA in Hotel 1000, to try out the Bites & Flights menu one evening soon. So watch this blog for more information!


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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.”

5 thoughts on “Taste Washington-Media Day

  1. Margot, I’ve written to you in the past about our shared taste in wine, especially Bordeaux blends. I respect your opinions so based on your mention of Nicholas Cole Cellars and the wine maker’s tasting notes, I went to their website and bought a bottle of the 2003 and 2004 Camille. I’m looking forward to doing a side by side comparison with a small group of friends. I’ll get back to you afterward.

    So many great wines and so little time.

  2. Bob, I am really looking forward to your comments after your side-by-side of the 2003 and 2004 Camille. When are you going to have the comparison with your friends? I hope you enjoy the 2004 as much as I did!

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