Here are the top 5 reasons to drink wines from Washington state and the proof to back it up:
1. Cabernet Sauvignon is King! The most widely planted variety across the state that is full of fruit, tannins and very full bodied. Great choice is the 2007 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon at only $25.00 a bottle.
2. If you are looking for more Old World Style there are lots of Clarets to choose from. Claret is blend of mostly Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. My choice is the 2007 Horse Heaven Hills Claret from Robert Karl Cellars. This wine is great value at $20.00 and it was given 91 points by Wine Enthusiast.
4. Syrah, Syrah…enough said! Try the 2007 L’Ecole 41 Syrah from the Columbia Valley and see if you can pick up the hint of Grenache in the blend.
5. Blinded by the White…my choice for an interesting white wine is the 2008 CMS Sauvignon Blanc from Hedges Winery. This wine is unlike any Sauvignon Blanc you’ve ever tasted with Chardonnay and Marsanne in the blend giving the wine both a creamy mouthfeel with some nice herbal and spice notes!
Now it’s up to you to taste one of these great wines today and put your palate to the test!
Don’t forget about Washington Merlot! Washington does a kick arse job when it comes to Merlot. It isn’t the most planted varietal but many think Merlot is the varietal that Washington grows the best.
I tried the Robert Karl Claret at the Taste Washington! Spokane event two weeks ago and it was very, very good. I look forward to tapping your mind with more wine information starting tomorrow in Seattle on our way to Walla Walla!
Until then, ciao for now.
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I’m sorry we didn’t get a chance to talk more at the Wine Bloggers Conference. I think we met briefly during a break-out sessions, but all the video volunteer work had me crazy busy. Sorry!
Please do look me up if you’re ever in Sonoma County wine country. Our video blog is located at http://blog.jordanwinery.com. If you have any suggestions on content, I’d appreciate the advice.
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