This year’s award-winning wines prove you don’t have to spend a fortune to drink well.
Cheerleaders of the Washington wine scene (we include ourselves among them) have long touted Washington as a state that offers wines of incredible value, especially when compared to our two neighboring states to the south.
As our panel of professionals convened to deliberate our 13th annual Washington Wine Awards, it was indeed a series of reasonably priced wines that stole the show. Our red, white and rosé wines of the year all clocked in at about $20. They bested many wines considerably more expensive, underscoring the value of tasting wines blind and proving that you don’t need a new-tech salary to drink well in Seattle.
This is also the first year we elevated rosé to a “wine of the year” category, a change that reflects the incredible growth in quality, value and availability of Washington rosé. It now officially joins the ranks of Washington’s robust reds and crisp whites as a category worthy of standing on its own.>>>Read entire article featuring Woodinville’s own Michael Savage, winemaker at Savage Grace Wines, chosen “Winemaker To Watch” on Seattle Magazine
Photo: Vineyard with a view: Michael Savage stands in Underwood Mountain Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge, the source of his winery’s Riesling and Gruner Veltliner wines. Photograph by Hayley Young.