- Tiny Grantwood Winery tops Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition
- Savor Idaho serves as delicious barometer for Idaho wine industry
- 2018 vintage for Northwest wine growers tracks ahead of hot 2015
- Auction of Washington Wines grows Private Barrel lots by 55 percent
- Parks Redwine, owner of NorthWest Wine Summit competition, dies in Atlanta
- 15 years of women in wine at Walla Walla Community College
- Union Wine Co. doubles production, adds sales reps beyond Oregon
- Abacela brings home more gold with Grenache rosé
- Individual tickets available for 32nd annual IPNC in Oregon
- Taste Washington grows attendance by 15 percent
Red blends bring greatness in Washington
Red blends are something special, and they are becoming the largest and most important category in Washington wine country.
Whenever we conduct a blind tasting of new releases we receive from throughout the Pacific Northwest, we are virtually guaranteed to have several red blends. And the styles do not always to adhere to any particular Old World region’s preferences.
Instead, we see Tempranillo with Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese with Merlot and Syrah with, well, just about everything. In addition, we also see traditional Bordeaux-style blends, as well as the fast-rising category of GSM – the Southern Rhône blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.
Some red blends from Washington wineries might include a dozen or more varieties. While this tends to create a wine without any singular varietal characteristic, it also can result in a wine that is delicious, approachable and layered with complexity.
Here are a dozen red blends from Washington that we’ve tasted in recent weeks.