The new crop of wines on store shelves is so impressive, it’s almost overwhelming.

Most bottles on this list—our seventh annual accounting of the state’s best wines—come from the 2013 vintage. Higher temperatures and ample sun deliver wines that are often richer and have a darker fruit profile than you might associate with our state; think black cherries and blackberries rather than red cherries and blueberries.

These wines are accessible on first pour but still feel like serious, ageworthy creations.

And there’s more headed our way; 2013 was the first of three increasingly warmer vintages for Washington (do I hear a fourth in 2016?). From the early returns, the 2014 and 2015 wines look to be every bit as impressive.

Let’s lift our glasses to living in a wine region capable of everything from age-worthy cabernets to stunning syrahs.

In This Feature:

Best of the Best: The Top 10 Washington Wines of 2016

The best of the hundreds of wines tasted this year.

09/21/2016 By Sean P. Sullivan

Top Syrah

Is syrah Washington’s greatest grape variety? These wines make a compelling argument.

09/21/2016 By Sean P. Sullivan

Wines with a Sense of Place

At its best, wine not only delivers hedonistic enjoyment, it also conveys the essence of the land that produced it. Here are 10 wines that do just that.

09/21/2016 By Sean P. Sullivan

Top Red Blends

These wines are far more than the sum of their parts.

09/21/2016 By Sean P. Sullivan

Top Cabernet Sauvignon

No surprise—our most planted and most produced grape variety produces an abundance of top wines.

09/21/2016 By Sean P. Sullivan

Top Merlot

Sometimes this grape gets a bad rap, but Washington makes merlot as well as any area of the world.

09/21/2016 By Sean P. Sullivan

Best Value Wines

These bottles are $30 and under but deliver luxe-level flavor.

09/21/2016 By Sean P. Sullivan

The Wild West

It’s an era of major exploration in both variety and place. Here are some of the latest standouts from the winemaking frontier.

09/21/2016 By Sean P. Sullivan

Top Bordeaux-Style Blends

No disrespect to France, but this traditional blend—mostly based on cabernet sauvignon and merlot—has become a local signature.

09/21/2016 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington's Best White Wines

Reds aren't our only stars.

09/21/2016 By Sean P. Sullivan

6 Winemakers to Watch

These Washingtonians are responsible for some of the best wines our state has to offer. Keep an eye on them, their wineries, and their future vintages.

09/29/2016 By Sean P. Sullivan


How Sean did it.

09/21/2016 By Seattle Met Staff