JM Cellars: Best Saturday Tastings in Woodinville?

…we have had no luck in getting to the JM Cellars tastings ourselves. But it’s not for lack of trying. My nephew Mathew (who has an excellent palate) and I stopped by JM Cellars a few Saturdays ago, but sadly, we arrived late and the official tasting was over. With a special shout-out to assistant winemaker Tim Drake, we did try a 2005 Merlot, which had depth in its Red Mountain flavors bursting with cherries. (JM Cellars’ 2003 Merlot… Continue reading

Matthews Cellars has it all

…that’s Woodinville wine country spirit! I recently visited Matthews Cellars’ tasting room with my nephew Mathew (only one “t” in his name), and they didn’t even mind that his cute little dog Edie trotted in behind us. Everybody in the tasting room fell in love with Edie, and Mathew and I both fell head-over-heels with Matthews’ 2001 Columbia Valley Red Wine. This library wine is a premium Bordeaux-style red… Continue reading

WWD: BLT from Woodhouse Family Cellars

…d it up to have with our spaghetti dinner. It was just as good as I remembered it. Better really, with eight more months on the shelf. And the good news continues — BLT is for sale again at Woodhouse Family Cellars. We were at a wine club release party last night, and my nephew from Vancouver bought a few bottles. Next time you’re in Woodinville, stop by Woodhouse’s tasting room. You’ll be glad you did! Cheers!… Continue reading

Washington Wine Weekend

…casions to drink some really good reds — and all from Washington state, I’m proud to say. First, my nephew Mathew opened up a bottle of Matthews Cellars 2003 Conner Lee Vineyard Cabernet Franc Reserve, which was awarded 96 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. It was heaven. Much later, my sister poured a gem from the library collection at L’Ecole 41 – a 2001 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which was so amazin… Continue reading