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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The Chocolate Block

The Chocolate BlockWe just tasted a sample of Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2019. It was the first time since the 2006 vintage that we opened a bottle. Our palates have changed so much since then that we weren’t sure what to expect. We are happy to say this gorgeous red wine from Western Cape, South Africa continues to wow us. What a treat to taste it again so many years later. Its name comes from the spicy dark chocolate profile that the wine displays. Read on for details.

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Favorite 50 Wines in 2021

Favorite 50 Wines in 2020Happy New Year! As we began 2022, we compiled a list of our favorite 50 wines in 2021. And what a year it was! First, we finally took some short road trips to Washington and Oregon wine countries. For example, we drove to Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Leavenworth, Lake Chelan, Carlton and Willamette Valley. Next, we also enjoyed many wonderful wines at home or with friends. Therefore, this list exemplifies the favorite 50 wines that we tasted last year. In other words, you might have other favorites, which we have not tasted. That’s the beauty of having so much wonderful wine available in the world. Read on for more details. Continue reading