Seattle Wine Awards

…on Family Estate 2009 Merlot, Columbia Valley Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2011 Semillon, Columbia Valley Helix by Reininger 2010 Phinny Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Hightower Cellars 2012 Murray Rosé, Red Mountain Hogue Cellars 2011 Late Harvest Riesling, Yakima Valley Hyatt Vineyards 2010 Gorilla Zinfandel, Rattlesnake Hills J & J Vintners 2011 First Release Riesling, Yakima Valley Januik Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Co… Continue reading

135 Washington Wineries to follow on Twitter

…RieslingRules Paradisos del Sol Winery @ParadisosdelSol Pepperbridge @pepperbridge Red Sky Winery @RedSkyWinery Reininger Winery @reiningerwinery Ross Andrew Wine @rossandrewwine Rotie Cellars @RotieCellars Russell Creek Winery @RussellCreek Seven Hills Winery @7hillswinery Silver Lake Winery @SilverLakeWines Sinclair Estate @SinclairEstate Skylite Cellars @SkyliteCellars Sleight of Hand Cellars @SofHCellars Smasne Cellars @smasnecellars Sojen Ce… Continue reading

Who’s pouring at Washington Wine Highway?

…ellars Pepper Bridge/ Amavi Cellars The Pike Brewing Company Pondera Winery Prosser Wine Company Red Sky Winery Reininger Winery Ryan Patrick Vineyards Saint Laurent Winery Silver Lake Winery Snoqualmie Stephenson Cellars Stina’s Cellars Terra Blanca Winery Tertulia Cellars Tildio Winery Tiger Mountain Winery Vindulac Winery Waterbrook White Heron Cellars Whitman Cellars Willis Hall Wilridge Winery Woodhouse Family Cellars Hope to see you t… Continue reading

Sexy Syrah at Salty’s

…inally met winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla, who is simply charming in addition to being a winemaker extraordinaire!); Reininger Winery (we met Chuck Reininger, whose 2005 Syrah is sumptuous and who writes the best tasting notes!); Kestrel Vintners, Chandler Reach Vineyards, Lost River Winery, Windy Point Vineyards, Hogue Cellars, and Di Stefano (one of the first Washington state tasting rooms that we visited when we moved here 10 years ago). As it turn… Continue reading

Best Tasting Notes: Reininger Winery

…went to a tasting event at our neighborhood winebar, Vino Bello, where we crossed paths again with Justin from Reininger Winery. Reininger was one of the first wineries that I ever blogged about (back on June 10) — and I think I received the most e-mail about that post because its title was 2004 Helix “Screw Sideways” Merlot. I can’t, and didn’t, take credit for the title — it came directly from the winery&#8… Continue reading

What’s going on …

…e. JM Cellars pours at the YWCA Childcare Endowment Fund Benefit along with Cadence, Guardian Wines, Mark Ryan, Reininger Vineyards and other wineries at the Wright Exhibition Space in Seattle on Friday, Nov. 16. Welcome Guardian Wines to Woodinville at a special release party on Nov. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. More details about this exciting event are available on this blog . Bottle Your Own Wine  returns to Silver Lake Winery in Woodinville on N… Continue reading

What’s going on …

…a signed copy of the book, along with wines and appetizers. Savor the elegant and finely structured wines from Reininger Vineyards at Vino Bello on Saturday Nov. 10 from noon to 8 p.m. $10 Learn how to put bold flavors into small bites with Holiday Hors d’Oeuvres on Sunday, Nov. 11 from noon to 3 p.m. at Januik Winery. Cost $90. Tuesday, Nov. 13 Jazz at Columbia Winery, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Elsa Nilsson and Cody Rahn Wednesday, N… Continue reading

Tripping to Red Willow

…ll head to Walla Walla that afternoon for another round of tastings at our favorite wineries: Forgeron Cellars, Reininger Winery , Goose Ridge Estates and Three Rivers Winery (we adore their 2003 Meritage) … to name a few. There are many more. Maybe we’ll be luckier this time and find Long Shadows Vintners open for tastings. That’s been on our list for a long time, but the winery hadn’t opened yet when we were there in Apr… Continue reading

Washington Merlots Win Again

…into two groups based on price. On the high end, 13 wines were reviewed — and Washington’s own 2003 Reininger Merlot and 2004 J. Bookwalter Winery Merlot were the top two winners. How did Ken’s tasting panel reach its decisions? Did any other Washington state wineries make the cut? Read the complete article to find out. And while you’re there, have a look at all 113 Washington state wineries that are recommended by Ken… Continue reading

Wine Blog Wednesday #34

…ecially love the 2002 Vinfinity but it’s not a Cab, so we won’t mention it). We also really enjoyed Reininger Winery’s 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon. I’ve also recently written about Reininger’s Helix Merlot. Reininger’s Helix cab also is a favorite. According to the winery’s Web site: “This Helix (snail) is saddled and ready. Vanilla bean and cherry Beech Nut gum say howdy to my nose and once cornered on… Continue reading