There’s nothing like a stellar Cab Franc from Washington State

…ful Matthews Estate 2003 Conner Lee Cab Franc, an elegant 2004 from Corliss Estates, a robust 2012 Outcast from Barrage Cellars, and a rich 2012 Cooper Estate Red Mountain Cabernet Franc. Here are some other Washington state wineries that, in our opinion, produce the Cab Franc grape as a shining single-varietal wine. Barrister Winery DiStefano Winery Fidelitas Wines Fielding Hills Hard Row to Hoe Northwest Totem Cellars  Vin du Lac Walla Wall… Continue reading

December to Remember

…in Cabernet Franc Obelisco 2011 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Guardian Cellars 2010 The Wanted Bordeaux Blend Barrage Cellars 2009 Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon Barrage Cellars 2010 Outcast Cabernet Franc Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2011 Destiny Bordeaux Blend Fairview Cellars 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley VQA Columbia Crest 2011 Private Reserve Walter Clore Red Wine       And from our friends down under, we open… Continue reading

Our List of Top 50 Washington Wineries

…e! Top 50 Washington Wineries (in alphabetical order): Airfield Estates Alexandria Nicole Cellars Avennia Baer Barrage Cellars Barrister Bartholomew Betz Family Boudreaux Cellars Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Crest Cooper Wine Company Darby DiStefano Double Canyon Dunham Cellars Efeste Fall Line Fidelitas Fielding Hills Figgins Force Majeure Forgeron Cellars 14 Hands Gard Vintners Gilbert Cellars Gorman Winery Guardian Cellars Hard Row to Hoe J… Continue reading

What’s in Your Glass Lately?

…2012 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards 2011 Block 6 Shiraz Alexandria Nicole Cellars Quarry Butte (any vintage is our go-to Seahawks Winning Wine) Avennia 2010 Sestina Barrage Cellars 2009 Outcast Cabernet Franc Efeste 2011 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon Forgeron Cellars 2010 Zinfandel Obelisco  2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon William Church Winery  2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cheers – and Happy Holidays!… Continue reading

Taste of Tulalip 2014

…an opportunity to see our friends and sip wine from some of our favorite Washington wineries: Obelisco Estate, Barrage Cellars, Avennia, Doubleback, Efeste, Gorman Winery, Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Figgins, Force Majeure and Woodinville Wine Cellars. Plus we had a taste of a magnificent red blend from Craggy Range, a winery we enjoyed when we were in New Zealand last May. Special thanks to Norma Rosenthal and Allan Aquila for the invitation!… Continue reading

What’s in Our Glasses Lately?

…s 2010 Quarry Butte, $25 Angel Vine 2010 Primitivo, $20 Au Clair 2011 Left Blend, $54 Avennia 2010 Sestina, $55 Barrage Cellars 2009 Outcast Cabernet Franc, $35 Betz Family 2011 Clos de Betz Red Blend, $55 Efeste 2010 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon, $54 McKinley Springs 2010 Bombing Range Red, $16 Columbia Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $14 Force Majeure 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, $75 Forgeron Cellars 2010 Zinfandel, $30 Gorman Winery 2010 Cabernet S… Continue reading

Happy New Year!

…14 with a shout out to our top five — no, make that six! — favorite wines that we enjoyed in 2013. Barrage Cellars 2008 Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon Efeste 2010 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon Fidelitas 2009 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Gorman 2009 The Albatross Obelisco 2010 Electrum Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain William Church 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Happy New Year from your friends at Write for Wine… Continue reading

Special Wines for New Year’s Eve

…n state and decide later which one we will open! Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2010 Destiny Avennia 2010 Sestina Barrage Cellars 2008 Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon Barrage Cellars 2010 Outcast Cabernet Franc Doubleback 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Efeste 2010 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon Fidelitas 2009 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Force Majeure 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Collaboration Series, Force Majeure Vineyard Red Mounta… Continue reading

Belated Thanks!

…us at William Church Winery; Angie and Kevin, Daniel and Helen, Peter and Nancy at Efeste; Kevin and Rebecca at Barrage Cellars; Doug and Manny at Obelisco Estate; Bijal, Sinead and Jean Claude at The Woodhouse Wine Estates; Marie-Eve at Forgeron Cellars and Gilles at Long Shadows; Charlie, Jess and Cindy at Fidelitas Wines; Mike and Kate at Northwest Totem Cellars; Justin at Va Piano; Neil at Cooper Wine; John and Peggy at JM Cellars; Tim and Na… Continue reading

Wines for Thanksgiving

…llars 2010 Mr. Big Petite Sirah Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2010 Little Big Man Petit Verdot Avennia 2010 Sestina Barrage Cellars 2009 Outcast Cabernet Franc Barrage Cellars 2008 Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon Cooper Wine Company 2008 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Efeste 2010 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon Fidelitas 2009 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Fidelitas 2010 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Franc Red Mountain Force… Continue reading