I’m just back from a week in Washington state. I combined my favorite things, food and wine and together with a good friend who lives there, we managed to have plenty of both and lots of fun.
Being most familiar with California varieties, well actually only those I enjoy, I was in no mans land so I tasted as much Washington wine as I could.
We actually visited Woodinville which was just 30 minutes outside of Seattle. If you go plan to do a day of tasting rooms.
All of the Washington wines I tasted were red, my wine of choice. I prefer big and bold so these are either cabs or there were several red blends I loved.
Here are five of my favorite Washington reds. Enjoy!
Hints of blueberry, herbs and yes, tire rubber. It’s delish!
2. Watchdog Cabernet Sauvignon
Jam and cola, it’s a great smooth sip!
Northwest Columbia Valley
Big and dry, hint of raspberry, and smoke, with Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot it has lots of structure
I love that the winemakers subscribe to a sustainable farming ethic.
4. Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon Chateau St. Michelle
Wahluke Slope Region
Dark fruit, jammy but rich with flavor making this a full bodied wine
This wine comes from a boutique winery in Woodinville. They produce just 3,000 case a year.
Currant, blackberry, spice, so silky
2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 22% Petite Verdot, 18% Cabernet Franc