The Finest Wines Washington Has to Offer

Photo: Antoine Pin

On Sunday, I was fortunate to be one of hundreds who swirled, tasted, spit and nibbled/noshed our way through the sensory explosion called Taste Washington — the Super Bowl of wine events in Seattle.

What follows is a list of the wines I enjoyed the most. This does not mean they were the best wines at Taste Washington; there were more than 600 wines poured, and there was no way I even remotely could have tasted all of them! In another lifetime, perhaps … But until then, enjoy my favorites:

Photo: Antoine Pin

As you can see, I only tasted two whites, Cab Sauvignon,  Cab Franc and red blends. There were many other wonderful Washington varietals available, but my palate was in a mood for Bordeaux!


Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2009 Crawford

William Church Winery 2009

Sauvignon Blanc:

JM Cellars 2010

Cab Franc:

Hard Row to Hoe 2008 Burning Desire

Vin du Lac 2007 Barrel Select

Northwest Totem Cellars 2007

Walla Walla Vintners 2009

Trust Cellars 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon:

Hestia Cellars 2006 (with Soiree)

Hestia Cellars 2008

Boudreaux Cellars 2006

Cooper Wine Company 2008 Red Mountain

Gilbert Cellars 2007

Long Shadows 2006 Feather

NXNW 2008 Walla Walla

Walla Walla Vintners 2008 Walla Walla

Woodward Canyon 2008 Artist Series


William Church 2008 Two Spires

Obelisco 2008 Electrum

Convergence Zone 2008 Storm Front

Gilbert Cellars 2008 Left Bank

JM Cellars 2008 Longevity

NXNW 2008 Walla Walla

Ramseyer Vineyards 2007 Vintage Three

L’Ecole 41 2007 Estate Perigee

Sinclair Estate 2008 Pentatonic

The Woodhouse Wine Estates 2006 La Vie en Rouge

We also snacked on delicious bites from Picazo 7Seventeen (Prosciutto-wrapped, Gorgonzola-stuffed Gulf Prawns), Anthony’s (Seared Alaska Scallops), Ivar’s (Applewood smoked Alaskan Coho Salmon), Double R Ranch (Pulled bourbon-braised short-ribs) and Gordon Biersch(BBQ pork sliders).

I heard there were superb maple bacon cupcakes at the dessert bar, too, but didn’t get a chance to taste them.

And speaking of tasting, the reason my wine list is so long is because we sip and spill or spit, especially when experiencing a lot of wines. But for those who didn’t, props go to the Washington Wine Commission for providing taxi numbers on a slip of paper in every glass that was handed out when people arrived at the well-organized and fantastic event.