It’s a Good Year for William Church Winery

We’ve  been fans of William Church Winery for years  – in fact, we hung around their tasting room in the Woodinville Wine Warehouse so frequently that we became good friends with co-owners Leslie and Rod Balsley.

So we were very happy to hear about several accolades recently given to winemaker Rod and his assistant, Marcus Rafanelli.

Most recently, on March 12, Washington wine expert Paul Gregutt raved in the Seattle Times about William Church 2008 Bishop’s Blend Red:

“The best ever, seductive and smoky, with sweet fruit and toasty barrel spices ($20)”

Gregutt’s review comes on the heels of many awards given to William Church’s lineup. 

  • 2008 Bishop’s Blend received 90 points from Wine Enthusiast, along with “Editor’s Choice” from the same publication.
  • 2008 Syrah, 100% Syrah from Red Willow, Dineen Family and Stillwater Creek Vineyards, also was awarded 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. ($25)
  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon also received 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. ($29)
  • 2007 Sur La Mer, a classic Bordeaux Blend, was awarded 91 points from Wine Enthusiast. ($28)
  • 2009 Viognier, which is not surprisingly sold out, received 90 points from both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast.

We’ve enjoyed each of these William Church wines alone and paired with good food; on special occasions and on days “just because.”

We’ve always said Rod makes good wine at a decent price point. But these days, I think we can simply say Rod makes good wine, period.



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Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with additional posts about Oregon, B.C., California, ANZ, France, Italy, Spain and more. A former national journalist in Canada and the U.S., Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”