Oeno Files

Weekly Wine Pick: Hogue Cellars Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley 2014

Gewürztraminer is one of Washington’s top five most-planted white grapes. This bottle combines intense fruit with outrageous value.

09/15/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

The Top 10 Washington Wines

We sampled, scrutinized, and ranked over 1,000 wines to come up with this year’s list. These 10 ­bottles—the best of the best—shine above all others.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Cellar-Worthy Reds

Opening aged bottles is part of the joy of collecting and drinking wine. Here are six wines that deserve a place in the cellar.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Wines with a Sense of Place

Winemakers strive each year to capture the essence of a particular vineyard and vintage. Here are five that unequivocally put that genie in the bottle.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Top Red Blends

Washington winemakers can—and do—blend just about every ­imaginable variety. Here are this year’s best results.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

The Wild West

Our state grows over 40 different grape varieties. Here are six wines from less common varieties—the Washington wine frontier.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Top Malbec

Malbec has been getting a lot of buzz in Washington lately as acreage increases and more winemakers experiment with varietal bottlings. These wines realize malbec’s promise.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Top White Wines

While Washington reds have the reputation for quality, the state still makes an abundance of top-flight white wines. Here are this year’s best.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Top Cabernet Sauvignon

These bottles explain why this remains the state’s most planted grape variety.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Top Merlot

Washington has long made some of the world’s finest examples of merlot, typically more muscular and tannic than those found elsewhere in the world. Here are five of the state’s finest.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Top Syrah

Further proof that 2012 was one of the best years ever for Washington syrah.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Top Grenache

Still a niche variety with only 268 acres planted in Washington (by comparison, cabernet has over 14,000), grenache is producing some of the state’s best wines.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Vino

Top 100 Washington Wines of 2015

Our eighth annual ranking presents some of the highest-quality wines the state has produced in the last decade.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Top Bordeaux-Style Blends

Made of varying combinations of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec, and petit verdot, these blends are becoming a calling card for the state.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Oeno Files

Weekly Wine Pick: Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Pinot Gris Columbia Valley 2014

Despite being one of Washington’s most produced white grape varieties, pinot gris has yet to establish a clear identity in our state. This spritzy version bucks that trend.

09/01/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Oeno Files

Weekly Wine Pick: Two Vintners Syrah Columbia Valley 2013

A blended syrah that combines the best of each designation.

08/25/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Interview

Pike and Western Wine Shop Celebrates 40 Years

Owner Michael Teer on the iconic corner store and the industry that helped it grow.

08/20/2015 By Aoife Reilly

Oeno Files

Weekly Wine Pick: Mercer Estates Sauvignon Blanc Yakima Valley 2014

A superb example of an oft-forgotten Washington grape.

08/18/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Oeno Files

Weekly Wine Pick: Efeste Oldfield Estate Rosé Yakima Valley 2014

A rosé well worth a trip to Woodinville.

07/28/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan