After visiting more wineries and tasting more Washington wines than I can count, meeting many of the best winemakers in Washington, and walking the rows in many of the best known vineyards in the state, these are the Wine Peeps teamâ€™s picks as the best of 2010 in Washington Wine Country.
BEST WINE: 2007 Rasa Vineyards Principia Reserve Syrah (featured Sept 22)
Honorable Mention: 2008 Fielding Hills Cabernet Franc (featured Nov 1)
BEST WINERY: Quilceda Creek Vintners (featured May 11 , April 2, April 21)
Honorable Mention: Rasa Vineyards and Fielding Hills Winery
BEST VARIETAL: Riesling (featured in a number of posts, including Feb 19 and July 19)
Honorable Mention: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah
BEST WINEMAKER: Bob Betz, Owner/Winemaker of Betz Family Winery (featured April 27)
Honorable Mention: Paul Golitzin of Quilceda Creek
BEST VINEYARD: DuBrul Vineyard (featured Nov 29)
Honorable Mention: Champoux Vineyards and Boushey Vineyards
BEST AVA: Yakima Valley
Honorable Mention: Horse Heaven Hills and Columbia Gorge
BEST NEWCOMER: Rasa Vineyards/Pinto and Billo Naravane (featured Sept 22 and Nov 2)
Honorable Mention: Grand RÃªve Vintners/ Paul McBride and Ryan Johnson
BEST WINE SHOP: Wine World Warehouse (featured Dec 3)
Honorable Mention: Fred Meyer â€“ Ballard, Seattle; Esquin Wine Merchants, Seattle; Peteâ€™s Wine Shop â€“ Eastside, Bellevue
BEST WINE BAR: URBAN enoteca (featured Dec 6)
BEST WINE EVENT: Riesling Rendezvous (featured July 19)
Honorable Mention: Auction of Washington Wines
Congratulations to all of the winners! Keep up the good work.
Happy New Year! Best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous, and wine-filled 2011!
Filed under: American Wine, Best of, Washington State Wine