Another vintage, another winner! The Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills H3 Cabernet Sauvignon. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot from … [Read more...]
The Best Wine From Washington Under $20
The state of Washington is the second largest producer of wine in the United States. Wines from Washington are likely to fly under the radar but the state is doing some exciting things with both red and white varieties. Riesling and Merlot are lovely from this region, but thanks to the unique conditions in the state just about every variety thrives there.
Columbia Valley covers 99% of the vineyard area in the state of Washington and offers a fascinating study in what wine geeks like to call “terroir”. Terroir is a French term associated with wine that means a “sense of place”. It essentially refers to the special conditions of a specific place. These conditions can include climate, soil type, and even unique plant characteristics.
In the Columbia Valley the terroir includes conditions like 300 days of sunshine a year and a desert-like annual rainfall of just 6–10 inches. (This is due to the rain shadow effect from the Cascade Mountains.) The area also boasts a 40 degree diurnal shift, which is the difference between daytime and night time temperatures. (Large differences in daytime and nighttime temperatures are wonderful for growing grapes.)
Columbia Valley also has extremely unique soil types caused by the Missoula Floods during the Ice Age 20,000 years ago. These soils allow vines to thrive and also impart unique mineral characteristics to the grapes.
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Hop on board the value train with the Snoqualmie Whistle Stop Red. 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington. … [Read more...]
Bulk Buy! The Columbia Crest H3 Les Chevaux, a favorite $10 red blend. 59% Merlot, 36% Syrah, 4% Viognier and 1% Cabernet Franc from Horse … [Read more...]
The Jones of Washington Cabernet Sauvignon, a rich and flavorful Cab from the Wahluke Slope. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Wahluke Slope, … [Read more...]
The Kirkland Signature Series Columbia Valley Red Wine has a whole lot of good things going on! The Kirkland Signature Series Columbia … [Read more...]
The Trader Joe's Reserve MCS, not bad for $10 but not as good as I was hoping for Washington Merlot. 74% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and … [Read more...]