Heymann Whinery NV Cranberry, Washington, $16

By on April 22, 2014

heymann-whinery-cranberry-wine-labelThis June marks the 10th anniversary of Bob and Flossie Heymann’s commercial production of their cranberry wine, which continues to rank among the top nongrape wines produced in the Pacific Northwest. They source these berries from Grayland bogs on the Washington coast, and the aromas include hints of black currant, plum and cedar. It’s undeniably cranberry on the palate, where the interplay of lip-smacking acidity and tannin buildup easily balances the residual sugar of 7%. Enjoy this with a ham sandwich, turkey or as a porch pounder. Their “whines” are available at their tasting room/beer and winemaking shop in downtown Centralia, just off Interstate 5.  This earned a silver medal at the 2014 Capital Food and Wine Festival Wine Competition.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 68 cases

Alcohol: 12%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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