Random Thoughts from Taste Washington-Part 1

…outstanding Obelisco 2012 Red Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, created by winemaker Kevin Correll from Barrage Cellars in conjunction with Doug Long from Obelisco. We are headed to the Obelisco tasting room in Woodinville to buy some of this amazing summer sipper before it sells out! Ditto for Doug’s superlative 2010 Nefer 111, which demonstrates how incredibly well Washington grapes can be transformed with a Napa Valley style. Thi… Continue reading

What we’ve been drinking lately

…them with you, in hopes that you’ll also taste them one day soon. Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2009 Malbec Barrage Cellars 2008 Secret Weapon Cabernet Sauvignon Barrage Cellars 2008 Outcast Cabernet Franc Cooper Wine Company 2007 L’Inizio Efeste 2009 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon Efeste 2008 Ceidleigh Syrah Efeste 2009 Eleni Heaven’s Cave 2009 “Two Degrees” Barbera McCrea Cellars 2006 Boushey Vineyard Syrah Obelisco Estate 20… Continue reading

Another wonderful time at Taste Washington

…r 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 Degre… 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

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

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

What’s in our glasses, recently?

…sé: This amazing summer sipper was jointly created by winemakers Doug Long from Obelisco and Kevin Correll from Barrage Cellars. You will find it to be unlike anything you’ve ever expected or experienced in a Rosé. Unfortunately, only a small quantity was produced, so we recommend you head to Woodinville to pick up some quickly. 2010 L’Ecole 41 Candy Mountain Vineyard Red Wine: L’Ecole released this red blend as part of their 30… 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

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

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