- Lenné Estate exudes sophistication, sense of place with Pinot Noir
- Dry pink wines extend rosé trend in Pacific Northwest
- Oregon wine leader King Estate promotes winemaker Brent Stone to COO
- Metropolitan Grill in Seattle receives rare Grand Award from Wine Spectator
- Maryhill Winery preps for final concert at its amphitheater
- Washington wine research seminar set for July 11 in Woodinville
- Taste of Cascadia gathers 20 top winemakers to The Lodge at Columbia Point
- Brian Carter rosé rises to top of Washington State Wine Competition
- Tiny Grantwood Winery tops Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition
- Savor Idaho serves as delicious barometer for Idaho wine industry
A dozen great Northwest wines
What makes a great Northwest wine? When we evaluate wines, we taste them under blind conditions, meaning we know neither the producer nor the price until the evaluation is complete. We think this is the fairest way to look at a wine, letting the wine speak for itself.
We think this is the fairest way to look at a wine, letting the wine speak for itself.
We look at flavor, typicity of variety (does a Riesling taste like a Riesling), balance and structure, and how the whole package works together. then we decide if it warrants one of our three rankings: Recommended, excellent or Outstanding. Our highest ranking, Outstanding, is equivalent to a gold medal in a wine judging.
Here are 12 wines that have earned our top Outstanding rating in recent blind tastings. Ask for them at you’re favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.