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- Bullocks bid goodbye to Eye of the Needle Winery in Woodinville
- VineLines Dispatch #7: That’s a wrap
- Former Oregon car dealer gears up with Jachter Family Wines
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- L’Ecole Nº 41 to create wine bar at Marcus Whitman Hotel
- VineLines Dispatch: Harvest surrounding Lake Chelan
- Northwest restaurateurs purchase Basel Cellars in Walla Walla
- Hayden Homes CEO buys interest in Pepper Bridge, Amavi wineries
- Walla Walla Community College to receive $15 million gift from MacKenzie Scott
Washington Merlot a suave, supple red
Though in recent years it has come to play second fiddle to Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington Merlot remains among the state’s most important wines.
As recently as 2004, Merlot was Washington’s No. 1 red wine grape. Since then, the Cab craze has left its mark, with Merlot production now at 10,000 fewer tons per year than Cabernet Sauvignon.
But this does not mean Merlot is not important. In fact, Washington winemakers continue to craft superb and often suave examples of the supple red wine.
Here are a dozen delicious examples of Washington Merlots we’ve tasted in recent week.