Favorite 50 Wines in 2020

Favorite 50 Wines in 2020Happy New Year! As we begin 2021, it would normally be time for our annual 50 Favorite Washington Wineries List for the previous year. But 2020 was far from normal. Firstly, thanks to COVID, we attended our last wine event on Feb. 29. Secondly, we had to cancel our planned trips to wineries in Walla Walla, Woodinville, Lake Chelan, B.C. and Oregon. As a result, we decided to highlight our favorite 50 wines instead of wineries in 2020. These are the wines we enjoyed at home or with members of our pod on socially-distanced outdoor patios. In addition, we expanded the list to include wines from Oregon, California, B.C., Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Spain, Chile and Argentina. Read on for our favorite 50 wines in 2020.
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Liberty Lake Wine Cellars

Liberty Lake Wine CellarLocated near Spokane, Liberty Lake Wine Cellars is a  boutique Washington state winery focusing on bold reds from Red Mountain. Our kind of wines, right? Right! As background, original owners Doug and Shelly Smith released the first 2005 vintage in 2007. Fast-forward to 2016. Mark and Sarah Lathrop took over the Liberty Lake operation, moving to a larger tasting room and production facility. They also created a second label, TAHIJA, for non-Red Mountain reds and whites.

Mark recently sent us samples of four bottles of Liberty Lake wine. First, we tasted 2018 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, which won’t be released until next year. Second, we tried three releases coming out later this month: 2017 Cabernet Franc, 2018 Zinfandel and 2018 TAHIJA Sangiovese. Read on for details.

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Support Auction of WA Wines Virtually

Auction of Washington WinesLike so many events this year, the 33rd annual Auction of Washington Wines is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, organizers stress that AWW is not canceled. Rather, they are finding new ways to increase a broader audience’s appreciation of Washington wines in a new virtual environment.

We are long-time supporters of this excellent non-profit organization. Therefore, we now look forward to participating in the virtual events. Here are some of the changes.

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Taste Washington 2020 Canceled

Taste Washington 2020Taste Washington 2020 has been canceled because of concerns about the current COVID-19 Coronavirus situation.

A press release announced: “It is with much disappointment that Taste Washington, due to take place March 19-22, 2020 in Seattle, has been canceled. Due to growing concerns across the U.S., we are unfortunately not able to execute Taste Washington at the quality level our attendees have come to expect. Taste Washington has been a vibrant wine and food festival for more than 20 years, and we are confident that it will return better than ever in March 2021.”
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