By John ~ November 20th, 2009.
Last Friday, I shared with you my analysis of our Wine Peeps coverage of Washington State wines as compared to the three major print publications. To recap: According to statistics cited by Sean Sullivan on his Washington Wine Report and a tally of our reviews on this blog, we at Wine Peeps review more Washington wines than any of the three leading subscription publications. And it appears that our scoring is a little tougher, maybe more realistic would be a better choice of words, than any of those three publications. As of last Friday, we had reviewed 789 Washington wines this year, and 226 of those 789 wines we reviewed garnered 4 stars or better (28.4%) out of 5 stars. More importantly, at least to us, 155 of the 789 Washington wines [19.7%] we reviewed have a Quality Rating >=4 stars (out of 5) and a QPR >=4 bangs for your buck (out of 5).
As promised, below is a list of the 70 Washington wineries, out of a total of 227 different wineries, that produced those 155 wines we have reviewed so far this year that met the criteria of having a Quality Rating >=4 stars (out of 5) and a QPR >=4 bangs for your buck (out of 5). If the winery had multiple high Quality and high QPR wines, they are listed in bold.
These are our “go-to” Washington wineries for 2009:
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Feather (Long Shadows)
Five Star Cellars
Hard Row to Hoe
Jones of Washington
Sequel (Long Shadows)
Sleight of Hand
Walla Walla Vintners
*technically an Oregon winery but located in the Walla Walla Valley
Filed under: American Wine, Washington State Wine, Wine Magazines