By Kori ~ May 26th, 2011.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2008 Three Rivers Winery Riesling from the Columbia Valley of 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
Three Rivers Winery, founded in 1999, is located just west of Walla Walla, Washington. The winery is named for the three most prominent riversâ€”the Columbia, Snake, and Walla Wallaâ€”which feed the vineyards from which it sources grapes. Three Rivers sources fruit from some of the top vineyards in the state including Boushey, Champoux, and Sagemoor, among others. Three Rivers is owned by Foley Family Wines in California and produces 15,000 cases per year. Winemaker Holly Turner, who joined the winery in 2000, oversees all aspects of production.
â€œCrafted in an off-dry style, our Columbia Valley Riesling is one of our most versatile wines. Luscious notes of pineapple, starfruit, Asian pear and honeyed apple are perfectly balanced by crisp acidity.â€ â€“Three Rivers Winery
2008 Three Rivers Winery Riesling (Columbia Valley, Washington): Very pale, straw yellow. Nice nose with floral, petrol, and pencil eraser aromas. Fresh citrus and tropical fruits and orange blossoms come through on the palate. Off-dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to Buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $15; Available elsewhere, $20
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Riesling, Washington State Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25