Wherein we ask local wine notables to make our weeknight drinking decisions for us. 

In 1976, Michael Teer’s father brought home a bottle of Ste. Michelle Semillon Blanc and a lifetime passion—and career—was born. Seattle raised and educated, Teer started working at the Pike and Western Wine Shop in Pike Place Market in 1980. In 1991, he bought the store, and he continues to dole out advice and recommendations for anyone who asks.

So what do you think, Michael Teer, what should I drink tonight?

My pick is the Syncline 2012 Subduction Red. It’s a six-grape blend, dominated by mourvèdre, Grenache, and syrah with a bit of counoise, carignan, and cinsault to add depth and complexity. The beautiful summer of 2012 produced grapes that give this wine a wonderful combination of rich, spicy fruit that reminds of dark cherry, a bit of plum, and a dash of spice, all while maintaining a wonderful freshness. I will be recommending this for many of my customers’ Thanksgiving meals. 

The Price: $20

Find It: Pike and Western Wine Shop, Ballard Market

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