Skip to main content

The Complete List: Wineries I Visited at Taste Washington 2012

Favorite Wineries and Wines.

At the 2012 Taste Washington! 225 Washington wineries poured over 800 wines, and more than 50 Northwest restaurants served specially prepared food. This was the 15th annual Taste Washington! in Seattle, Washington.

The quality was strong this year at Taste Washington. Which made it difficult at times to decide which wines were good and which were very good. Even so, I favored over half the wines I tasted this year. This is the list of the wineries I visited, my favorite wineries are noted as are my favorite wines.

Top 7 Favorite Wineries at Taste Washington!

Corvus Cellars,
Gramercy Cellars,
Lodmell Cellars,
Maison Bleu Winery,
Mark Ryan Winery,
Treveri Cellars.

I personally tasted 103 wines, and enjoyed every wine I sampled at Taste Washington 2012. However, of the 103 wines I tasted, there were 58 wines of exceptional quality and character, those are the wines on this list. The list is arranged alphabetically by winery name.

The wines on this list are my favorite wines at Taste Washington 2012.

* Favorites and homework wines, I suggest further research and tasting at home.
** Favorite of the favorites, best of the bunch, best expression of varietal/style.

The list.

1. aMaurice Cellars, Walla Walla. Review posted.
* 2008 Columbia Valley Chardonnay. 
* 2008 Tobey Red Wine. 

2. Amavi Cellars, Walla Walla. Review posted.
* 2009 Syrah Walla Walla Valley.

3. AntoLin Cellars, Yakima. Review posted.
* Syrah Elephant vineyard.

4. Betz, Walla Walla.  Review posted.
* 2009 Clos de Betz.
* 2009 La Serrene Syrah.

5. Brian Carter Cellars, Woodinville. Review posted.
* 2006 Solesce.

6. CAVU, Walla Walla. Review posted.
* 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.

7. Columbia Crest, Patterson. Review posted.

*** 8. Corvus Cellars, Walla Walla. Review posted.
Favorite Winery at Taste Washington 2012.
* Viognier 2010. 
* 2008 Cuvee. 
* 2007 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. 
* 2009 Estate Petit Verdot.
* Corbel Sauvage. 

9. Cougar Crest Estate, Walla Walla. Review posted.
* Cabernet Franc 2007.
* Cabernet Sauvignon 2007. 
* Tempranillo 2008. 

10. DeLille Cellars, Woodinville. Review posted.
* 2008 Signature Syrah.
* D2.
* Chaleur Estate 2009 Red Mountain.

** 11. Efeste, Woodinville. Review posted.
1st runner up 2nd favorite winery at Taste Washington 2012.
* Riesling. 
* Lola Chardonnay.
* Syrah.
* Final Final.
* Big Papa Red Mountain.

12. Figgins, Walla Walla. Review posted.

** 13. Gramercy Cellars, Walla Walla. Review posted.
2nd  runner up 3rd favorite winery at Taste Washington 2012.
* 2009 Minick Vineyard Columbia Valley Syrah. 
* 2009 Lagniappe Columbia Valley Syrah.
* 2009 Syrah, Walla Walla, Les Collines.
** Overall Favorite Wine: The Third Man.

14. Hedges, Red Mountain. Review posted.
** Favorite Rose: Cabernet Franc Rose.
* 2008 Red Mountain.

15. Lodmell Cellars, Walla Walla. Review posted.
** Favorite Sauvignon Blanc: Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Spring Creek Vineyards. 
* Rose Estate Traditional Saginee 2010. 
* 2007 Estate Merlot.

** 16. Maison Bleue Winery, Prosser. Review posted. 
3rd  runner up 4th favorite winery at Taste Washington 2012.
* 2010 Notre Vie Viognier.
* 2011 Rouse Mourvedre La Famille. 
* 2009 Liberte Boushey Syrah.

** 17. Mark Ryan Winery, Walla Walla. Review posted.
4th runner up my 5th favorite winery at Taste Washington! 2012.
* Long Haul, 2009
* Dead Horse,

18. McKinley Springs, Horse Heaven Hills. Review posted.
* 2008 Syrah.
* 2008 Malbec.
*2009 Cabernet Sauvignon.
* Petit Verdot.

19. Michael Florentino Wine, Woodinville. Review posted.
* 2008 Miscoloto.
* 2009 Cabernet Franc.

20. Reininger Winery, Walla Walla. Review posted.
* 2007 Carmenere. 
* 2008 Syrah.

21. Rotie Cellars, Walla Walla. Review posted.

22. Ryan Patrick Vineyards, Cashmere. Review posted.
* 2009 Reserve Chardonnay.

23. Southard Winery, Selah. Review posted.
* 2009 Lawrence Vineyard Syrah.

** 24. Treveri Cellars, Yakima. Review posted.
Favorite Sparkling Wines.
* Extra Brut.
* Brut.
** Syrah. Favorite red sparkler.
** Mueller Thurgeau. Favorite white sparkler.

25. Vin du Lac, Lake Chelan. Review posted.
* LEHM 2010 Gewurztraminer.

26. Waters Winery, Walla Walla. Review posted.
* 2009 Loess Syrah - 
* 2009 Interlude - 

27. Whitestone Vineyard and Winery, Wilbur. Review posted.
* 2008 Cabernet Franc.
* 2008 Merlot.
* 2008 St. Vincent Meritage.

28. Walter Clore Center Legends of Wine. Review posted.
Vertical Tasting 2004 – 2009, would have favorited, but these wines are not for sale.

29. 509 Wine Company, Fremont District, Seattle WINE WORLD. Review posted.
* 2009 Roots Syrah.

~ End of the list.

For the first time, Taste Washington (Taste) was produced by Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau as a result of a new partnership with the Washington State Wine Commission. Some of the changes at this year's Taste? Taste was expanded to two days, wine seminars were held over the same two days as Taste at the CenturyLink Field Event Center. This change in venue made it easier for seminar attendees to visit with wineries afterward. Several of the wineries I spoke with appreciated having two days to visit with customers, trade and media. Taste seemed less frenetic to me this year and crowds more manageable.

Washington Cideries...

Not only were wines poured at Taste Washington, but several Washington State Cideries were pouring apple cider too. Yes, Washington Cider! I'm quite excited to see quality cider being produced in Washington State. There is so much going on in the Washington cider industry, that it is deserving of a post and a couple more posts on individual Washington Cider companies. Really an interesting development, the quality is strong and the passion is there too. More to come.


Popular posts from this blog

Review: Sho Chiku Bai, Unfiltered Sake

Last month in Seattle, I purchased a bottle of Nigori sake at Uwajimaya. Uwajimaya is one of the largest Asian grocery retailers in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been visiting Uwajimaya for almost 40 years. When I was much younger, I’d buy model ship and plane kits, Japanese comic books (manga) and I never left without at least one steaming Humbow in hand. Today I buy the manga for my son; while I still enjoy the tasty steamed Humbows, now I never leave without at least one bottle of Sake in hand. Uwajimaya has a terrific selection of imported sake. This most recent visit, I left with a bottle of Sho Chiku Bai Nigori sake. Nigori sake is generally the sweetest of all sakes, with a fruity nose and a mild flavor, making a great drink to complement spicy foods or as a dessert wine. Typical sake is usually filtered to remove grain solids left behind after the fermentation process; however Nigori sake remains unfiltered, resulting in a cloudier beverage. Before serving, the bottle must

Spirit Review: Ole Smokey Tennessee Moonshine White Lightnin' @OleSmoky

Today I have crossed the line from wine to spirits. At 100 proof the Ole Smokey Tennessee Moonshine is definitely turning up the volume (ABV 50%). "Moonshine, white lightning, mountain dew, hooch, and Tennessee white whiskey are terms used to describe high-proof distilled spirits, generally produced illicitly...The word "moonshine" is believed to derive from the term "moonrakers" used for early English smugglers and the clandestine (i.e., by the light of the moon) nature of the operations of illegal Appalachian distillers who produced and distributed whiskey." Source Wikipedia My family is no stranger to Moonshine.  That is, my great-grandfather and grandfather were not strangers. Evidently the family occasionally produced their own spirits on their Oregon ranch. My grandfather told me about his younger brother getting into his dads stash with predictable results. Grandmother also told me stories about midnight runs and secretive deliveries d

A Special Oregon Pinot Noir with Eastern North Carolina Inspired Ribs #OTBN #winePW 10

Open That Bottle Night - A great excuse for a Wine Pairing Weekend.  February 28th was Open That Bottle Night - I selected a bottle of wine I helped blend using barrel samples of Pinot Noir from R. Stuart winery in McMinville, Oregon. I was saving this bottle for a special occasion and knew it was likely time to open and drink. I hoped it had improved. "Blending wine is no task for mere mortals."   - William Pollard Jr.  Our Wine Pairing Weekend group decided Open That Bottle Night would be an appropriate occasion to pair our selected bottle of wine with something special as well. After some consideration, I decided North Carolina ribs would likely pair well with my special bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir. For this post I'll review the wine first, then provide the recipe, and wrap up with the results of this wine + food pairing. *Note: What is Open That Bottle Night? Wife and Husband columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher invented Open That Bottle