Andy Perdue’s Top Wines for 3 Seasonal Gatherings of Eating, Drinking and Merriment

The Seattle Times
November 16, 2018

12 recommended bottles for each holiday pair beautifully with feasts for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

AS FALL TRANSITIONS to winter, we enter the holiday season, that time of year when wine lovers are expected to provide guidance — and wine — for upcoming holiday feasts. I look at this as an opportunity to share wines I’ve tasted and collected throughout the year, and to share gems from the cellar.

Here are a dozen for each holiday.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is among the most challenging feasts to pair wines with. There are so many complex and diverse flavors, it’s nearly impossible to match wines with all the dishes on the table. My strategy is to open a number of bottles, favoring wines with high acid profiles and lots of delicious flavors that finish memorably.>>>Read the entire article featuring Ambassador Wines, Brian Carter Cellars, Chateau Ste Michelle, DeLille Cellars, Smasne Cellars and more on The Seattle Times

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Northwest Wine: Riesling Perfectly Versatile for Your Holiday Table

Tri-City Herald – Northwest Wine
November 13, 2018

As we march toward Thanksgiving, it’s time to start gathering wines for the big feast. One bottle you should consider making room for is Riesling.

The reasons are many. Germany’s noble white grape is versatile and offers crowd-pleasing flavors. Many examples come loaded with the acidity that will help it pair well with everything on your table. Washington and Oregon both do Riesling particularly well, so it’s a good hometown choice.

Plan on Riesling to pair well with sweet potatoes, roasted turkey and stuffing. If the wine is sweet enough, it can also work with dessert, particularly cheesecake.

There are many excellent choices out there, but here are a few we’ve tasted recently. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.>>>Read the entire article featuring Ryan Patrick Wines on the Tri-City Herald

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Quality not quantity sets Woodinville Whiskey apart – KING 5 Evening

KING 5 Evening
November 8, 2018

Love whiskey? One of the best distilleries in the state is located in a place best known for wine. Woodinville Whiskey won Best Craft Spirit Maker in Evening’s 2018 Best of Western Washington viewers poll>>>Watch the video interview here: KING5 Evening

 

 

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Northwest Wine: Pinot Noir an ideal red wine for Thanksgiving

 

Tri-City Herald
November 6, 2018

Of the myriad red wines available to Pacific Northwest consumers, perhaps Pinot Noir is the best choice to pour with that Thanksgiving feast, as well as Christmas, if the holiday table features roasted turkey or other bird.

Why is this? The noble grape of France’s Burgundy region tends to provide fruit flavors that are more gentle and tannins that are more demure than varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Malbec, which carry attributes that tend to be more harmonious with roasted meats. Pinot Noir has a structure that is based more on food-friendly acidity than tannin, and its fruit flavors tend to be more delicate and elegant than many reds.

Fortunately for Northwest wine lovers, we have plenty of Pinot Noir choices>>> Read the entire article featuring Panther Creek Cellars 2015 Schindler Vineyard Pinot Noir on The Tri-City Herald

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Washington State Wines

Tucson.com
November 5, 2018

I recently had an opportunity for a day trip to Woodinville, a Washington wine tasting destination located 20 minutes outside of Seattle.   This area has become popular for the huge number of tasting rooms and small production wineries drawn to this area by the wine tourism generated from two large-scale production wineries that call Woodinville home.  Much of the 16 million cases of wine produced annually in Washington actually come from grapes that are grown hundreds of miles away in the eastern half of the state.  Many of the tasting rooms in Woodinville showcase wines that are produced in the Yakima, Columbia and Walla Walla Valleys or one of the other 10 AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) in the state.  Woodinville is home to more than 100 tasting rooms and with just a little research (www.woodinvillewinecountry.com) it is possible to identify a handful of tasting rooms that will appeal to your interests and can make your visit manageable. While in town I selected a few wineries that provided me a diversity of tasting experiences.>>>Read the entire article featuring Chateau Ste. Michelle, DeLille Cellars, Obelisco and more on Tucson.

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Andy Perdue’s list of top $30-and-under wines

The Seattle Times
November 2, 2018

WE STARTED THIS “Wines Under $30” list a year ago because many of the wines I select for my “Top 50 Wines of the Year” list tend to be more expensive. The feedback was good, so we’re doing it again.

Fortunately, plenty of bargains can be found throughout the Pacific Northwest. One area that is particularly affordable is British Columbia. I’m reticent to include many from Wild Goose, Gehringer Brothers and other favorites on this list because the wines aren’t available in the United States. So a few wines that were on last week’s Top 50 list are not included on this more-affordable list, for that reason.

The majority of the wines on this list are from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Ask for the wines at your favorite wine merchant, or contact the wineries directly.

I chose $30 as the upper threshold because that seems a reasonable amount to spend on a good bottle of wine. To save more money, you can get a discount if you purchase six bottles or more. Joining a winery’s wine club typically earns you discounts, waived tasting fees, special events and other benefits.>>>View the entire article featuring Airfield Estates and two wines from Brian Carter Cellars on The Seattle Times

 

 

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Taste of the Holidays Wine Walk Benefitting the Northshore Schools Foundation

The Woodinville Weekly
October 30, 2018
Taste of the Holidays Wine Walk benefiting the Northshore Schools Foundation
Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 5PM – 8PM
TICKETS HERE:  EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of at the door for this 5:00-8:00 pm even
*** Show your Northshore School District Employee Badge for an additional Premium Wine Taste Ticket
*** VIP TICKETS!    VIP Tickets are $40.  A limited number of VIP tickets are available which provides a express check-in with access to premium pours. You will also receive a complimentary glass with your ticket.
*** General Admission + Wine Pull!   We are also offering a ticket option where you can have regular attendance and pre-purchase a wine pull ticket. The wine pull will allow you to choose an undisclosed bottle of wine valued at $20-$60
Register by October 26th and you will be entered to win a nights stay at the newly remodeled Country Inn & Suites by Raddison
Bring your book club, bunko group or wine tasting club – or even just a friend and enjoy the Taste of the Holidays. This is a BYOG event -Bring Your Own Glass.*
Come experience a fun filled evening of holiday shopping and wine tasting from local Woodinville wineries while you stroll through Country Village and enjoy the scenery and great shopping.  This event is a part of the grand opening of the holiday season at Country Village and many stores will be offering discounts to wine walk guests. Special activities are happening all day at Country Village, but the wine walk starts at 5:00pm>>>Read entire article on The Woodinville Weekly

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DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year

The Seattle Times
October 26, 2018

This red blend that uniquely speaks to a sense of place is made with grapes from the venerable Harrison Hill Vineyard in the Yakima Valley.

I’VE BEEN ON a journey with my 2018 Wine of the Year, experiencing it at all three stages: walking the vineyard just before harvest, tasting the wine from the tank just before bottling and feeling enraptured by the wine from the bottle.

All the grapes for DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill come from a small, storied vineyard in the Yakima Valley town of Sunnyside. The vineyard was first planted in 1914, then replanted to Bordeaux varieties in 1962.>>>Read the entire article on The Seattle Times

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Top Picks: 20 Refreshing White & Rosé Wines

Washington Tasting Room
October 18, 2018

Try these refreshing white, bubbly and blushing Rosé wines that pair marvelously with seafood, salads, pasta, chicken and an array of dishes recommended by each vintner.

WHITE BLENDS » With fragrant fruit and citrus appeal, these fun blends are better than a day at the beach… featuring Patterson Cellars!

ROSÉ  » Light, refreshing and dry, whispering notes of red berries and melon… featuring Brian Carter Cellars, Airfield Estates, and Warr-King.

ALBARIÑO  » Like a whirlwind romance, this variety is zesty, crisp and incredibly easy to fall in love with… featuring Castillo de Feliciana View the entire wine line-up and read the reviews on Washington Tasting Room

 

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Northwest Wine: Cabernet Franc a good fit in Washington

Tri-City Herald Northwest Wine
October 16, 2018

Cabernet Franc is best known as one of the six classic Bordeaux varieties, and it has become a favorite among Washington winemakers not only as a blending grape but also as a reliable friend of vineyard managers.

Grown in the Evergreen State for many decades, it is known as a hardy variety that can withstand the occasionally harsh winters that descend upon the Columbia Valley.

Cabernet Franc also is known as a late ripener, meaning it can hang in the vineyards nearly until Halloween. Winemakers appreciate Cab Franc often as a blending component because its softer tannins can help bring some finesse to the bold tannin structures of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The grape’s natural notes of black pepper and fresh herbs are known to add a level of complexity to proprietary red wines.>>>Read the entire article featuring Woodinville’s Columbia Winery and Wit Cellars on Tri-City Herald by Andy Perdue & Eric Degerman

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