Holiday Wines

Red and White Wine on the WaterAbove all, make your season fabulous with stellar holiday wines. To help you out, 20 sparkling, rosé and white wines, plus 20 red wines, comprise our top 40 recommendations of wine for the holidays. Certainly, many of these holiday wines are special because of their high quality (and high price point). On the other hand, others are simply special good-value wines. Moreover, their prices range from an unbelievable $11 to $162. Most importantly, we suggest opening them during a quiet evening at home, pouring them for dinner guests, taking them to small holiday parties, or giving them as gifts. To sum up, read on for details. Continue reading

Rush Lattin

Rush Lattin Syrah BothRush Lattin Cellars is a Washington state winery located at the Maltby Wine Vault in Snohomish. The winery focuses on Syrah and Grenache, and I have no idea why we’ve never tasted their wines before. So when owners Larry and Michelle Ransom recently sent us Syrah samples, we welcomed the introduction. We discovered they opened the winery in 2017, with a goal to make some of Washington’s finest Syrahs, using grapes from Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hills. Subsequently, Seattle Wine Awards 2022 gave Rush Lattin Cellars a double-gold as well as a gold for two of their Syrahs. We tasted both of them and understand why.
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John Bigelow

John BigelowIf you’ve never been to JM Cellars in Woodinville or Maltby, you are missing out on many wonderful Washington wines crafted by talented winemaker John Bigelow. John is the epitome of a winemaker who is both an artist and a scientist. We’ve been drinking his impressive wines since we moved to Seattle in 1999, one year after JM Cellars opened its doors at the picturesque Bramble Bump hill in Woodinville. We caught up with John a few times this spring and summer. In March, we chatted with him at Taste Red Mountain Woodinville. In April, we visited his Maltby location. And subsequently, we talked to him at Celebrate Washington Wine this month (pictured here with his son and Cellar Master, Tommy). We really enjoy listening to John Bigelow’s passionate stories and tasting his wines. Read on for more details.

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Canvasback

Canvasback Taste Red Mountain WoodinvilleWe became re-acquainted with Canvasback last month, when we tasted two of their beautiful Cabernet Sauvignons at Taste Red Mountain Woodinville. Consequently, we also met Brian Rudin, their very talented winemaker who is known for making terroir-driven, structured wines with an unmistakable sense of place. As a result of this meeting, Brian kindly shared two of the winery’s outstanding Syrahs. Their fruit is sourced from our two favorite regions, the Rocks District and Red Mountain. Read on for details about Canvasback and our Syrah tasting.

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