15 Northwest wines for $15 or less

By on December 7, 2014
Red wine grapes ripen in Idaho wine country

Growing wine grapes in the Pacific Northwest is not cheap because the vines tend to carry less fruit. This also often equates to higher quality. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Here in the Pacific Northwest, it costs more to make wine than many other places in the world.

Simply put, the vines don’t like to carry quite so much fruit as, say, California’s Central Valley. Labor can be more expensive than in South America and other regions. And because few wineries make wines in mass quantities (with a few notable exceptions), materials such as glass, cork, labels and equipment can cost more.

Yet we’re still blessed with plenty of wine for $15 or less from throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Here are 15 examples of delicious wines in that magical price range that we’ve tasted in recent weeks.

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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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