A very big thank you to Total Wine & More in Lynnwood, and all the wine friends who joined us for our first tasting event last night. And also to Sarah and Nathan from Discover the Pacific Northwest for their work in getting everything set up. If you haven’t checked out their terrific directory of wineries, breweries, distilleries (and more), you should go do it now. They’re building a great database and will be a resource that I use, and refer readers to, regularly.
Our goal was to try an assortment of Washington State wine, all within the affordable range for every day drinking. With careful explanations and information from Robbie at Total Wine, we tasted the following (listed here in order of tasting):
- Tagaris Rose – Clean, pure flavors of pear, fresh berries, and a touch of cream. This bright, light-bodied Rose finishes with a pleasant crispness that is laced with minerals. $12.49.
- Wildhaven Untamed Red – This Reserve Red Blend from the Columbia Valley boasts concentrated flavors of blueberry, blackberry, spice, and cedar. Full-bodied with finely grained tannins, it finishes with a balancing crispness that provides great structure. $12.99
- Crossfork Creek 2014 Merlot – A complex Merlot with beautiful black fruit notes and a dense, layered texture. This is a fantastic value and also shows that Washington merlot can compete with the excellent Merlot-driven wines from St. Emilion and Pomerol in Bordeaux. $19.99.
- Soaring Rooster 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – Blackberry jam, dark chocolate, and toasty French oak fill the nose. Black cherry fruit with hints of blueberry, bittersweet chocolate, and cedar. Pairs well with desserts and fruits. $12.99.
Note: I’ve included tasting notes and everyday pricing. Special offers, as well as discount pricing for half and full cases (can be mixed), can bring your final per bottle price even lower.
What did we think of these wines?
My favorite, hands down, was the merlot (also the favorite for Vicki and Ed), while Tony preferred the cabernet. Andrea liked the rose and Diane liked them all. The selections offered enough diversity that everyone there found something that they liked.
We’ll be holding some small group tastings (15-20 people) around Washington state over the coming months. You can hear about them here on the blog, on our Facebook page, or in our Facebook community group.
Here are some candid shots from our wine tasting.