For years, we’ve said if you only go to one Washington state wine event each year, Taste Washington is it. This year was no exception. We had a lovely day sipping our way through some of the best wines that Washington state has to offer. (We also spilled a lot, which is quite acceptable, along with spitting, at wine tastings.)
The other stand-outs were:
- Viognier: William Church Winery 2011 Viognier; Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2010 Crawford Viognier
- 2010 Sauvignon Blanc: Lodmell Cellars
- Cabernet Sauvignon: Va Piano 08 Cab Sauv; Fidelitas 09 Ciel de Cheval; Barrage Cellars 08 Double Barrel; Otis Kenyon 08 Cab Sauv
- Cabernet Franc: Barrage Cellars 08 Outcast; Bartholomew 08 Cab Franc; Hard Row to Hoe 09 Estate Cab Franc
- Bordeaux Blend: Figgins 08 Estate Red; Long Shadows 07 Chester-Kidder Red Blend; Betz 09 Clos de Betz; Forgeron Cellars 07 Vinfinity
- Barbera: Heaven’s Cave 09 Two Degrees
- Tempranillo: Fall Line 09 El Otro
- Syrah: Efeste 09 Ceidleigh
And while all the food we tasted was delicious too, the winner (in our opinion) was Tulalip’s fried chocolate bread pudding with a bourbon carmel-vanilla milkshake. Sigh.
Cheers to the Washington Wine Commission and cheers to Washington state’s 730+ wineries!