JM Cellars in Woodinville made two of the coveted lists. Eight other wineries on the lists are from the Woodinville area. Many others are from the Pacific Northwest.
On the list of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Top 100 cellar selections of 2014 are…READ MORE>>>Puget Sound Business Journal
In a culture focused on the here and now, patience is a fleeting virtue. Instant gratification often takes precedence-witness the large amount of the market geared toward wines that are ready-to-drink-and the distant pleasure of cellaring wine proves much too abstract for comfort.
Chosen From 17,000 International Wines:
#6 – Betz Family Winery: 2010 Pere de Famille
#43 – Januik Winery: 2012 Bacchus Vineyard Riesling
#50 – JM Cellars: 2011 Klipsun Vineyard Merlot
#62 – Mark Ryan: 2011 Wild Eyed Syrah
But for true wine lovers, laying wine down is a mandatory exercise-one with a return that is priceless.
Find it difficult to keep up with the latest vintages to collect or the best regions to cellar? For that very reason, we’ve created the annual list of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Cellar Selections.
In 2014, just over 17,000 wines were reviewed by our editors and, from that total, a mere six percent merited the Cellar Selection designation-a marker for highly rated wines that exhibit the potential to evolve and improve for many years. From this already choice sampling, we culled our Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2014 list-all the must-haves of the year that deserve a spot in your cellar.
Sometimes you just need to get away. You can take an extended trip around the globe, or you can simply head 30 minutes down the freeway and find an entirely different world. That’s exactly what you get in Woodinville wine country. With more than 150 wineries and tasting rooms (plus a few breweries in the mix), Woodinville has changed dramatically over the years, and it continues to bloom into a prime tourist destination.
I grew up in Woodinville, so I’ve seen first-hand the area develop over time. That’s actually what lured us there for a quick two-day/one-night getaway. Tove and I drove through Woodinville a few weeks before and I noticed how much the city had changed. We cruised down the streets and saw tasting room after tasting room. So for my birthday, Tove booked a room at Willows Lodge and we took off on a Woodinville wine country adventure…read more on Seattle Bloggers
Sure, flaws exist, often related to winemaking, storage or even corks. But the quality of grapes, access to equipment and a preponderance of winemaking knowledge make bad wine gloriously uncommon. As such, the task of narrowing my list for The Seattle Times Top 50 Wines of 2014 is equal parts burdensome and satisfying. With the plethora of Pacific Northwest wineries — numbering around 1,700 from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho — I wanted this list to be as representative as possible, so I spotlighted 50 wines from 50 wineries. I considered only wines I tasted under blind conditions. Thus, you will not see some notable wineries because they don’t submit wines for review. And that’s OK, because we already know their wines are superb, and this gives us the opportunity to explore some of the other 5,000 wines I evaluated this year.
With all of this in mind, here are my 50 favorite wines from 2014:
1. DeLille Cellars 2011 Four Flags cabernet sauvignon, Red Mountain, $65: My wine of the year is a blend from four great vineyards on Red Mountain: Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel, Klipsun and Upchurch. I tasted this on four occasions, and it never failed to make>>>READ MORE on The Seattle Times
DeLille Cellars celebrated 100 years of Harrison Hill vineyard in the Snipes Mountain AVA with a visit to the vineyard and a 10 year Harrison Hill retrospective wine tasting. Steve Newhouse, 3rd generation vineyard owner, and his son Todd Newhouse, vineyard manager, discussed the rich and somewhat unpredictable history of the 5-acre vineyard that they have farmed for DeLille Cellars for over 20 years, tending vines planted for wine grapes back in 1962. Guests enjoyed Harrison Hill wines including the 1999 as well as the 2003-2011 vintages. This celebration came as the winery plans to release the latest vintages of several of its signature Bordeaux and Rhone style wines. DeLille Cellars 2012 D2, DeLille Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Four Flags, Doyenne 2012 Aix and Doyenne 2012 Signature Syrah will all be available as of November 15th.
“At DeLille, we believe terroir is a special thing. To have terroir, you have to stand out. We often call it ‘somewhereness’ which many of our wines tend to have,” remarked Chris Upchurch, Executive Winemaker and Cofounder of DeLille. “Since 1992, our mission at DeLille has always been and continues>>>READ MORE on PR Newswire
The labels on bottles of Canoe Ridge Estate and Cold Creek red wines will soon tout the sustainability of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Estate winery. That’s because the Paterson winery where those wines are created recently became LIVE and Salmon Safe-certified, making it the first in the Horse Heaven Hills growing area to have both its estate vineyard and winery receive the Low Input Viticulture & Enology certification.
Ray McKee, Canoe Ridge’s red winemaker, says the winery has tackled different projects to make itself more sustainable over the last four years>>>READ MORE on Wine Press Northwest
The hottest new wine town may not grow any grapes, but that hasn’t stopped Woodinville from becoming Washington State’s wine country hotspot. Located 30 minutes from Seattle, this quaint town is booming with wineries, tasting rooms, quality restaurants, and live music throughout the year.
Woodinville is located in the Puget Sound AVA, but most wineries here source their fruit from the warm, dry regions of the Columbia Valley in eastern Washington. There, the sandy, gravelly soils and combination of warm days and cool nights provide perfect conditions for growing Bordeaux varieties like cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc, as well as syrah, riesling and chardonnay. Over 100 wineries are located in Woodinville, and many are open to visitors. We’ve listed a few of our favorites below>>>READ MORE at Bottle Notes
GROWING UP near the Yakima Valley town of Grandview, young Robert Smasne loved strolling into his parents’ concord grape vineyard, plucking the purple globes and popping them into his mouth. Then he became curious about the grapes on the other side of the fence. So he sneaked next door and tried them, too. Those grapes tasted a lot different, and that made the young boy think and wonder. It turns out they were wine grapes from famed Otis Vineyards. Today, Smasne not only is one of Washington’s top winemakers, but he also is working with those very vines.>>READ MORE on The Seattle Times
Woodinville Wine Country kicks off the holidays Dec. 5 by opening its doors, reds and whites for three days of tasting and festivities.
The 14th annual St. Nick’s Winter in Woodinville Wine Weekend begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, with the Holiday Wine Tasting at Molbak’s Garden + Home. It will feature samples from more than 30 Washington wineries as they pour their latest vintage with hors d’oeuvres available. There will be holiday raffle items, shopping at Molbak’s and a wine store. Cost is $60 per person>>>READ MORE on Great Northwest Wine
In early October, we conducted the second annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Oregon. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been taking a look at the top red wines, and now we will review some of the white wines that earned gold medals. Of particular interest is the broad range of varieties and styles featured, from the Spanish Albariño to the German Siegerrebe to the French Semillon to a Chardonnay from the cool Columbia Gorge. These are exciting wines worth tracking down. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.
Avennia 2013 Oliane Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley, $25: This Woodinville winery flashes its brilliance with this gorgeous Sauv Blanc…
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Harvest Select Sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10: This broad-production wine is definitely on the sweeter side…READ MORE on The Herald Net