A Wine for Tonight: 2008 Columbia Crest Two Vines Gewurztraminer

By Kori ~ January 28th, 2010.

2008 Columbia Crest Two Vines GewurztraminerWould you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2008 Columbia Crest Two Vines Gewurztraminer from Washington State.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$15
  • Must be widely available

Columbia Crest, located in Paterson, Washington, has been one of our favorite sources of value wines for many years. Head winemaker, Ray Einberger, took the reins in 2002 from Doug Gore who had been the winemaker since Columbia Crest was founded in 1983. Under Gore and Einberger’s leadership, the Columbia Crest winemaking team has produced more 90+ scoring bottles of wine than any other winery in the world. For those of us who live in Washington State, it is nice to have such a consistent, affordable producer in our own backyard.

Gewurztraminer pairs well with spicy foods, particularly Asian cuisine.

“Aromas of spice, lychee and rose petals are followed by flavors of grapefruit and white peach. A subtle sweetness and bright acidity marry seamlessly to create this balanced wine.” –Winemaker Ray Einberger

2008 Columbia Crest Two Vines Gewurztraminer (Washington State): Pale, greenish yellow. Dried apricots and pear on the nose; pear and white peach on the palate. Off-dry and crisp with a long finish. Residual Sugar: 2.88%
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to Buy: Winery, $8; Available elsewhere, $7 to $8

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Gewurztraminer, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $10, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

Reader's Comments

  1. Hampers | January 28th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing the review of 2008 Columbia Crest Two Vines Gewurztraminer. I have never tasted it, will put this bottle to test this weekend.

  2. Kori | January 31st, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Hope you enjoy it. Cheers!

  3. Steve Howe | July 7th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Columbia Crest continues to provide great wines at reasonable prices. A winery you can count on!

  4. Kori | July 7th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    You are absolutely right. It amazes me the quality they produce at such large quantities. Cheers!