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 team’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 Rêve Vintners/ Paul McBride and Ryan Johnson
BEST WINE SHOP: Wine World Warehouse (featured Dec 3)
Honorable Mention: Fred Meyer – Ballard, Seattle; Esquin Wine Merchants, Seattle; Pete’s Wine Shop – 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