Northwest wines strong in Wine Enthusiast top lists

By on December 19, 2015
Christophe Baron of Cayuse Vineyards holds a cobblestone from his vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley.

Christophe Baron of Cayuse Vineyards in Milton-Freewater, Ore., made the No. 8 wine in the world for 2015, according to Wine Enthusiast magazine. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Wine Enthusiast magazine honored 23 Northwest wines in its annual roundup of its favorite wines from 2015.

Eleven wines from Washington and Oregon made the publication’s top 100 list, while another dozen Northwest wines were included in Wine Enthusiast’s 100 best buys.

Wine Enthusiast, based in New York, began in 1988. The Northwest regions are represented by Sean Sullivan (Washington and Idaho) and Paul Gregutt (Oregon and Canada).

Of the top 100 wines, five are from Oregon, including three in the top 15.

Here are the Northwest wines that made the Wine Enthusiast top 100:

3. Trisaetum 2014 Wichmann Estate Riesling, Dundee Hills, $28.

8. Cayuse Vineyards 2012 God Only Knows Grenache, Walla Walla Valley, $90.

13. Ponzi Vineyards 2012 Aurora Vineyard Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $60.

26. Baer Winery 2012 Star, Columbia Valley, $32.

33. Efeste 2013 Evergreen Vineyard Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $20.

35. WillaKenzie Estate 2014 Estate Pinot Gris, Yamhill-Carlton, $21.

49. Dancin Vineyards 2012 Melodia Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $39.

51. Gramercy Cellars 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley.

59. Betz Family Winery 2012 Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $72.

71. Avennia 2012 Arnaut Boushey Vineyard Syrah, Yakima Valley, $50.

87. Latta 2012 Upland Vineyard Grenache, Snipes Mountain, $40.

A dozen wines were listed among Wine Enthusiast’s top 100 best buys. Of them, seven are from Washington.

Here are the Northwest wines included in Wine Enthusiast’s top 100 best buys.

8. Sokol Blosser NV Evolution, Oregon, $15.

13. Goose Ridge Vineyards 2012 G3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15.

23. Foris Vineyards 2014 Dry Gewürztraminer, Southern Oregon, $14.

28. Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15.

49. Lujon 2013 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $15.

51. Hogue Cellars 2014 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, $10.

63. Pacific Rim Winemakers 2014 Sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley, $11.

72. Mercer Wine 2014 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $13.

87. Willamette Valley Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Willamette Valley, $14.

90. For a Song 2013 Caliche Lake Vineyard Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $11.

95. Acrobat 2014 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $13.

100. Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Traditions Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $13.

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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