Bubbles: Analemma Blanc de Noir Sparkling Wine Atavus Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2010 - $56
You’d be hard pressed to find a better bottle of U.S.-made bubbles than this stunning wine. Aromas of raspberry, smoke, and nutty spices are followed by a palate with racy acidity and an extended finish.
Dessert: Kiona Vineyards Estate Bottled Chenin Blanc Ice Wine Red Mountain 2014 - $25
Kiona consistently crafts world-class ice wine and sells it for a fraction of the cost of bottles produced elsewhere in the world. This intensely sweet wine is full of brown sugar, pineapple, and mango flavors—the perfect end to any meal.
Methodology and Thanks
Wines were solicited via the Washington Wine Commission newsletter that goes out to all wineries via email and also by emails to wineries that have been represented on this list in previous years. Wineries could send a maximum of five wines, one in each of the following categories: one $15 or less, one $25 or less, one $25–$50, one $50 or higher, and one white wine of any price. Alternatively, wineries that submitted in only one price category were able to send in two wines. All wines were sampled in groups of four to six, organized by varietal, and scored by Sean P. Sullivan. Wines were subsequently broken into various lists and ranked based on score, price, and overall excitement about the wine. Seattle Met would like to raise its glass to Annie Hong and Seattle Wine Storage for their assistance during the process.