A Wine for Tonight: 2010 Saviah Cellars The Jack Riesling

By Kori ~ June 16th, 2011.

Would 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 2010 Saviah Cellars The Jack 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

Saviah Cellars is a family-owned winery located south of downtown Walla Walla, Washington, near the Oregon state line in the Walla Walla Valley AVA. Owner/winemaker Richard Funk and his wife Anita, both natives of Montana, moved to Walla Walla in 1991. Rich became acquainted with a number of the area wineries while working as an Environmental Health Specialist with the Walla Walla County Health Department. Through his work at the Health Department on water quality and wastewater issues, he got a firsthand look at the vineyards in the area and developed a relationship with a number of local winemakers who helped him get his start in the industry. Saviah Cellars was founded in 2000 and currently produces about 9,500 cases per year. The name Saviah is a family name from Anita’s great-grandmother. Saviah Cellars consistently produces high-quality wines. The Jack is a value line in the Saviah portfolio produced with declassified fruit.

“Finally, we have completed The Jack family with this very aromatic Riesling. This food friendly wine…think Chinese, Indian, Thai, Middle Eastern or New Mexican cuisine…shows delicious notes of apricot and peach. It is perfectly balanced with crisp acidity and subtle sweetness one would taste in a perfectly ripe Washington State Gala apple.” –Owner/winemaker Rich Funk

2010 Saviah Cellars The Jack Riesling (Columbia Valley, Washington): Pale, greenish straw yellow. Very aromatic with white peach, honeysuckle, and orange peel on both the nose and palate. Off-dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long, refreshing finish. Residual Sugar: 1.79%
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, $11 to $18

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Riesling, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

Reader's Comments

  1. Kristi | June 16th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    That sounds so good! I’ve been drinking Rieslings lately and I’ll have to look for this one.

  2. Kori | June 20th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Great! Hope you enjoy it. Cheers!

  3. Ben Ward | June 20th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I haven’t had Rieslings in a while, I think I may have to go back to it tonight!

    I love your banks for buck review, it gave me a chuckle!

  4. Kori | June 20th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Hope you enjoy it. Glad you like our QPR ratings. Cheers!

  5. ben ward | June 21st, 2011 at 8:53 pm


    I got wrapped up at work and then my gf had some things we had to do, so I still haven’t been able to have it. I’m planning for this week, lets cross our fingers!

  6. Kori | June 21st, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Fingers crossed! Let me know what you think when you do have a chance to try it. Cheers!