A very worthy tribute to 50 years of deliciousness.87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% … [Read more...]
The Best Washington Wine - The Reverse Wine Snob Picks!
Washington wine tends to fly under the radar of the average winelover, but the state is doing some exciting things with both red and white varieties. It is also the second largest producer of wine in the United States.
Riesling, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are almost universally lovely from this region. It doesn't end there; however, thanks to the unique conditions just about every variety thrives. We've recently been extremely impressed with Malbec and Syrah on the red side as well as white varieties like Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
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.
Read on for our list of The Best Washington Wine Under $20!
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Another unusual and extremely tasty blend from Dave Phinney and Locations Wine.A blend of Syrah, Merlot and Petite Sirah from vineyards … [Read more...]
Revisiting an old friend, the Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah.96% Syrah, 3% Viognier and 1% Grenache from vineyards in the Columbia … [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 Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Red Blend, a wonderfully good wine from Washington available at Costco.52% Syrah, 29% Merlot, 8% … [Read more...]
The smooth and savory Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington. 65% comes from the Beverly … [Read more...]