- Coyote Canyon Winery uses superb Sangiovese to top 7th annual Cascadia International Wine Competition
- Precept Wine floats marketing campaign for House Air
- Taste Washington looks to top 7,000 patrons for Grand Tastings
- VineLines Dispatch: James Beard Foundation spotlights Mike Sauer of Red Willow Vineyard
- Tim Hanni MW to speak at WSU fundraiser in Richland
- Auction of Washington Wines names Jamie Peha as executive director
- Auction of Washington Wines selects 2019 honorary grower, vintner
- Cabernet Sauvignon production grows by 29 percent in Washington wine industry
- Purity, sophistication at play on Youngberg Hill in McMinnville
- March enters as lion for Columbia Valley vineyards
What goes into making an outstanding Northwest wine?
What goes into a great wine? That’s a question we get on a regular basis (along with “What’s your favorite wine?”) The answer to the first question depends upon myriad aspects. The answer to the second is “Whatever is in our glass at the moment.”
We taste thousands of wines per year, and only about one in 10 earn our top “Outstanding!” rating. It comes down to a number of factors, including typicity (how much does a Syrah taste like a Syrah), how balanced is the wine (is the fruit in harmony with its tannins, acidity and alcohol levels?), and finally, is it delicious?
What does not matter to us is who made it and how much does it cost. Because we judge wines blind, we don’t know those either until after we’ve evaluated it. It’s the most objective way to rate a wine.
Here are a few wines that have earned our top “Outstanding!” rating in recent weeks. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the winery directly.