What Have We Opened Lately?

…non Michel-Schlumberger 2008 Cochons Sauvages Zinfandel (Sonoma) Ross Andrew 2006 Syrah-Cab Blend The Woodhouse Wine Estates 2005 Darighe Bordeaux Blend Titus Vineyards 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) Va Piano 2008 Walla Walla Valley Estate Merlot William Church 2008 Two Spires Syrah-Cab Blend Wait – there’s more! For my list of favorite wines at Taste Washington, see my post in Seattleite Magazine. Cheers!… Continue reading

More Dussek and Gilbert Cabs Please!

…re are the tasting notes from Woodhouse, which produces the Dussek label (and four others — Kennedy Shah, Darighe, Maghee and Hudson Shah): “The Dussek Cabernet Sauvignon is Woodhouse Family Cellars’ take on what is likely the world’s most famous grape. Combining an oaky, fruit forward, style with the classic minerality and earth character found in the Cabernet based wines of Europe, Dussek perfectly exhibits Washington state’s abilit… Continue reading

If you like Cab Franc…

…and uncle of Bijal Shah, the personable owner of Woodhouse Family Cellars. We’ve been fans of Tom’s Darighe, Tempranillo, Syrah and Merlot for a couple of years now. A couple of weekends ago, we had a great evening at the packed Woodhouse wine club release party for the Reserve Cab Franc. The wine was flowing, along with many entertaining and informative stories from Tom and Bijal. Shortly afterward, I was delighted to read a comment… Continue reading

Wonderful Woodhouse Wine Weekend

…ill as passionate, if not more so, about these fine Washington state wines. This Cab Just Keeps Getting Better Darighe Time BLT Means Much More Than a Meal I highly recommend that you stop by the winery, which features a tasting bar, barrel room and organic garden. If you’re lucky, Bijal will be pouring that day, and will tell you the unusal stories behind each of the winery’s five labels. In the meantime, you can read about them on… Continue reading

This cab just keeps getting better!

…this time, we visited the Woodinville tasting room to place our pre-order for the elegant flagship wine, 2002 Darighe. While we were there, we sampled some wines from their tasting menu, including the 2001 Kennedy Shah Cabernet Sauvignon. It was not our first time with this fine Cab. But it was the best time! This bold Cab just keeps getting better and better with age. This old-World style wine is a plush blend of 75% Cab, 15% Merlot and 10% Ca… Continue reading

Wine Trails of Washington, Part 2

…inery owner Bjiah Shah, winemaker Tom Campbell and the history of the winery and its five labels, Kennedy Shah, Darighe, Dussek, Maghie and Hudson. And I totally agreed with Steve’s assessment of Woodhouse Family Cellars in the book: “Just when you were beginning to think that all Woodinville-based business-park winery settings were the same, Woodhouse Family Cellars shatters that image. It offers a top-notch tasting room designed to… Continue reading

Woodhouse Family Cellars Expands to Eastern Washington

…ma. The move will allow Woodhouse to begin separating its five wine label brands. Currently, all brands — Darighe, Dussek, Maghee, Kennedy Shah and Hudson Shah — are made and promoted at the winery’s single facility in Woodinville. Woodhouse owner Bijal Shah wants to create distinct facilities and tasting rooms. He plans to begin by building wineries for Dussek and Maghee on the new Rattlesnake Hills property.” Regular rea… Continue reading

Wonderful Woodhouse

…nd. Delicious on all counts! I just had to pick up a few bottles because so many are our favorites — 2001 Darighe (Woodhouse’s high-end Bordeaux-style flagship wine), BLT Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon  and 2006 Kennedy Shah Auntie Meredith’s Picnic Blend, which is perfect for a hot summer day on the deck. In fact we sipped on some Picnic Blend last evening, after temperatures reached record highs in the Seattle area. Cheers!… Continue reading

100 Best Wines of the Northwest

…. Yes, it was listed for its fine 2005 Hudson Shah Viognier at #96. But what about the Woodhouse flagship wine, Darighe? I’m surprised that didn’t show up high on the list, let alone be omitted altogether. Other favorites of ours are also missing (Alexandria Nicole, Nicholas Cole, Page, to name a few) but some did make the cut (Di Stefano, Buty, Erath, Zerba among others). For the complete list of 100, you’ll have to get an issu… Continue reading