Washington Wine Month: Great Values Galore



By John ~ September 4th, 2009.

Looking for a great deal on a Washington State wine? September is the month to find them this year. Normally, August is Washington Wine Month, but we’re dealing with a government monopoly here, so until the Washington State Liquor Control Board got their act together on their software, it had to be temporarily postponed.

Washington winesFinally, the list of what deals are available at Washington State Liquor Stores during September has been released. Many independent wine retailers will offer their own specials as well.

Who says Washington wines are overpriced? Looking through the list, I counted over 150 wines selling for less than $10 a bottle and more than a dozen less than $5. And these are not jug wines, folks; there are wines from respected producers like Columbia Crest, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Barnard Griffin, Hogue, Columbia, Sagelands, Snoqualmie, Waterbrook, Domaine Ste. Michelle, and many more.

As you know if you are a regular Wine Peeps reader, quality is not connected to any particular price point. There are excellent $7 bottles and terrible $77 bottles, and vice versa. What we look for are wines that have a great price compared to wines of similar quality within the same varietal/type, i.e. a good QPR (quality-to-price ratio).

While I would recommend that you go by and browse through all of the Washington Wine Month deals at one of the Washington State Liquor Stores this month because there are some good values at a number of price points, here are a few, in particular, that stood out to me:

  • Sagelands Riesling, $6.99 (down from $13.25)
  • Sagelands Cabernet Sauvignon, $8.99 (down from $13.45)
  • Canoe Ridge Merlot, $14.99 (down from $27.42)
  • Columbia Crest Vineyard 10 White, Grand Estates Chardonnay, Two Vines Gewurztraminer, Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Grand Estates Merlot, Two Vines Merlot-Cab, Grand Estates Shiraz, and Two Vines Shiraz, all under $9
  • Barnard Griffin Chardonnay and Fume Blanc, both under $8
  • Snoqualmie Winemaker Select Riesling and Syrah, both under $7
  • Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wines, all under $9

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