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All the best: a dozen great wines
Each Sunday, we like to take a look at a category of wines from those we’ve tasted through in recent weeks. Today, we shine the spotlight on wines that earned our highest “Outstanding!” rating.
We taste all wines under blind conditions, meaning the only thing we know about the wines we’re tasting is the variety or style. For example, we know a wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon, but we don’t know the producer or price. This allows us to fully evaluate a wine without letting biases such as the friendliness of the winemaker or past vintages’ reputations get in the way.
After the wine is rated and notes are taken, we unveil the wine and dive into the story behind it, adding context to each bottle’s story.
So here are a dozen really delicious wines from Washington, Oregon and Idaho that we’ve tasted in recent weeks.