- 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
- Deep roots in wine lead Elizabeth Bourcier to La Rata in Walla Walla
What goes into making an outstanding Northwest wine?
What goes into a great wine? That’s a question we get on a regular basis (along with “What’s your favorite wine?”) The answer to the first question depends upon myriad aspects. The answer to the second is “Whatever is in our glass at the moment.”
We taste thousands of wines per year, and only about one in 10 earn our top “Outstanding!” rating. It comes down to a number of factors, including typicity (how much does a Syrah taste like a Syrah), how balanced is the wine (is the fruit in harmony with its tannins, acidity and alcohol levels?), and finally, is it delicious?
What does not matter to us is who made it and how much does it cost. Because we judge wines blind, we don’t know those either until after we’ve evaluated it. It’s the most objective way to rate a wine.
Here are a few wines that have earned our top “Outstanding!” rating in recent weeks. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the winery directly.