Best of Our Trip to Wine Country

We tasted many fine Washington wines this past weekend when we visited Yakima, Prosser, Horse Heaven Hills and Red Mountain. It’s impossible to list the best of those wines, but we do want to share  our picks for the best of the wines at some of the wineries we visited (in no particular order).

When we drove back from wine country a couple of days ago, Dave said, “This trip confirms — again — what we have always believed: our favorite wineries offer fine wine, wonderful events and great people.” We’re fortunate that many of those great people have become our friends!

Come back for more details about these wines and about Alexandria Nicole’s fabulous Harvest Party we attended at Destiny Ridge Vineyard. And you can also follow my updates at


Harvest Parties Here We Come!

We’re spending some time at Harvest parties in Horse Heaven Hills and Red Mountain, so the best way to follow our adventures live (or almost live!) is on Twitter ( or possibly on Facebook ().

There are few places that are definites during our trip, and I’m sure there will be lots of surprises too! Here are the definites:

  • Alexandria Nicole Cellars: The main party of our trip: Harvest Party at Destiny Ridge Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills
  • Col Solare: Tour of the vineyard in Red Mountain
  • Gilbert Cellars: Fun tasting room in Yakima
  • Airfield Estates: We were there during our last visit to Prosser and we’re going back!
  • Windy Point: Pretty view in Yakima Valley
  • Wine O’Clock Wine Bar: Can’t wait to see this Prosser wine bar, because this Write for Wine blog is also available at and my motto is “It’s wine o’clock somewhere!”

And it’s wine o’clock now, so …


Score! Alexandria Nicole Cellars

This just in from Wine Enthusiast’s December ratings for Alexandria Nicole Cellars (ANC) in Woodinville and Prosser … Props to winemaker Jarrod Boyle and Ali (Alexandria Nicole) Boyle!

91 points for:

  • 2008 Late Harvest Riesling Horse Heaven Hills (Editors Choice)
  • 2008 Crawford Viognier Columbia Valley (Editors Choice)
  • 2006 Alderdale Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills

90 points for:

  • 2008 Shepherds Mark White Blend Horse Heaven Hills
  • 2007 Gravity Merlot Horse Heaven Hills
  • 2007 Mr. Big Petite Sirah Horse Heaven Hills

Next week, we’re heading to ANC’s Destiny Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills, where the grapes for these great wines are harvested on 243 acres on the high bluffs overlooking the Columbia River. We’ve been to both tasting rooms in Woodinville and Prosser, but never to the vineyard itself. We can’t wait!


Full Pull Wines in South Seattle

There’s a new wine retailer in town, but this one is unique. All you will find in Full Pull Wines is Washington State wines. This is bound to please supporters of this state’s fine wines … like us, for example. And the company’s business model is unusual too.

Full Pull Wines is the brainchild of Paul Zitarelli, who was kind enough to send me some information just prior to its launch. He noted that the Washington-focused venture is a non-traditional retailer operating out of a warehouse in SODO. Full Pull sells wine through a mailing list, using a one-offer-per-day model. After ordering, you can pick your wine up at the warehouse or have it shipped.

According to my colleague at Wine Peeps, “If you are a shopper like me who loves the personal attention and customer service of Nordstrom but prefers the prices of Target, Full Pull Wines could be the perfect wine retailer for you.”

We haven’t made it to the warehouse yet, but we hope to visit it and meet Paul one of these days soon. I just signed up for the mailing list, which is the only way to purchase wine from Full Pull. Hopefully you’ll do the same and support a new Washington wine venture.