“Which wine do you recommend?”
These are my top
Updated 9 December 2013.
All of these wines are quality wines I would enjoy drinking and sharing with family and friends. They are at attractive price points, also referred to as wines having “Good QPR” (Quality-Price Ratio). If you purchase any of these wines, I invite you to share your experience in the comment section of the related post or on my Facebook page.
These wines are listed alphabetically by Winery Name.
2012 NSA Organic Chardonnay $12. Reviewed 18 November 2013. A friendly, fruit forward, NSA, Organic Certified white wine. Ready to drink now. Soft cheese, salty crackers and sliced apple were a perfect match.
2010 Sub Plot No. 26 Red Wine $15, Reviewed 7 December 2013. Quite exceptional at opening. This should be a regular feature at the dinner table and at parties. Dang tasty on day two, too. Drink now if you can find it.
Charles & Charles
2012 Rosé $9.48, Reviewed April 18, 2013. This was a dry, lively, fruity wine.
Charles Smith Wines
Charles Smith 2012 Boom Boom! Syrah $14.95, Reviewed 28 November 2013. This is a crowd pleasing wine for Syrah fans. It is also a good introduction for those unfamiliar with Washington Syrah. Go buy this one before it is all gone.
Columbia Crest Grand Estates
2012 Unoaked Chardonnay $8.99, Reviewed 30 October 2013. This Chardonnay is eminently drinkable. At the price I paid it is the wine you will want on your dinner table.
Columbia Crest Grand Estates
2011 Merlot $6.97, Reviewed: 18 November 2013. For $7 this wine is an affordable introduction to Washington Merlot. While 2011 was a cool vintage for Washington, this wine is a pretty tasty effort.
2010 Boomtown Syrah $13.98, Reviewed 5 December 2013. bam! It was drinking like a Washington Syrah - a mix of luscious dark violets mingled with asphalt, tarragon, spice, and tobacco, acid more present than tannin, the mid-palate filled out with a good medium finish. Pretty tasty and enjoyable.
Goose Ridge Vineyards
2011 g3 Red Blend, $12.99, Reviewed 9 December 2013. An old world styled wine, restrained, almost elegant, built for food and intimate conversations. A wonderful choice for those who enjoy red wine with food. For you Pinot Noir drinkers...I think you will utterly enjoy this wine
Kiona Vineyards and Winery
2010 Lemberger Red Mountain, $11.80, Reviewed 25 October 2013. The Kiona Lemberger was very good at opening and a good companion to the dinner I prepared. If you have wine leftover, you will absolutely enjoy it the next day. Drink today and over the next 5 years.
2011 Jaja Red wine $15.95, Reviewed 9 October 2013. A lighter bodied red wine, at the price I paid this is a no-brainer for dinner or a party. It made friendly with the beef stir-fry I cooked for dinner. Yes, a food wine, it whetted my appetite so I had to eat while reviewing.
2012 Rosato Rose, Yakima Valley $17, Reviewed 28 June 2013. This Rosato was all about summer for me; memories of running after a musical truck, laughter, running in and out of the wading pool, lying down on the sidewalk in the sun, a favorite refreshment in hand - Masset Rosato. Life is good.
2008 Syrah Horse Heaven Hills $15, Reviewed February 8, 2013. A lot of fantastic Syrah goodness packed in this affordable bottle. A real treat to drink.
2010 Viognier $16, Reviewed 26 April 2013. Almost an elegant wine. Outstanding wine for chilling with friends or getting the party started; well suited for food too.
Band of Sisters WYSLING white wine, $16, Reviewed 25 July 2013. I strongly recommend this wine for your summer meals. Truly one of my favorite white wines I've enjoyed all summer. At this price it is most definitely a wine of the week. Outstanding!
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon $15.95 Reviewed 01 November 2013. An excellent choice for grilled steaks, I enjoyed this wonderful Washington Cabernet Sauvignon at home. The price was friendly too.
Big Red Hiney Red Wine $10.95, Reviewed 29 October 2013. A fun, humorous label, the Big Red Hiney made for a good dinner wine. It is well suited to grilled, smoky food and sure to be enjoyed by guests. Break out a fistful or two of the Big Red Hiney and put a smile on everyone's face.
Southard 2010 Sugar Loaf Vineyard Yakima Valley Red Wine $20, Reviewed January 22, 2013. This elegant wine blew me away. An amazing value at $20 suggested retail. This wine may be hard to track down, but well worth the effort. You can always contact the winery direct.
Zero Degrees Dry Riesling by Three Brothers Wineries and Estates, Finger Lakes, NY $14, Reviewed 4 October 2013. This is the kind of wine I think of when I think Finger Lakes Riesling; dry, minerality, crisp, refreshing. Later in the evening, this wine had a steely quality I also enjoyed. I believe 2012 is an excellent vintage.
2012 Dry Riesling Finger Lakes, NY $15.95, Reviewed 5 October 2013. This wine is almost aggressive, in a good way. It reached out and said "Here I am. Drink me and enjoy me!"
*QPR is a designation for rating wine based on the ratio of its quality and its price. The higher the quality and lower the price, the better the ratio. Also referred to as “Best Bang for the Buck”.