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Red blends big deal across great Northwest
In the past decade, the biggest growth in wine has been the category of red blends. Seattle wine shops have mentioned remodeling to accommodate the large number being produced. In our competitions, the category is far bigger than any other.
One reason for the growth is Northwest winemakers’ desire to emulate the European model of winemaking, particularly in Bordeaux and the Rhône Valley, where for winemakers have toiled for decades finding the right balance. It also plays to the winemaker’s needs to produce a wine that is greater than one variety can provide.
Here are a dozen delicious examples of Northwest red blends we’ve tasted recently. Ask for them at your favorite wine shop or contact the winery directly.