My Wine Selections from Taste Washington 2024

Washington state has over 900 wineries.  That is amazing.  While our BC wineries are bound primarily to mountain valleys, Washington state has a large land area to the east of the Cascades mountain ranges, which is where many of Washington’s wineries are located.  But how can you try wines from so many wineries more easily? 

One way is to attend Taste Washington in Seattle.  I’ve written about Taste Washington for a few years, and prompted my readers to attend the event held earlier in March.  I registered as media and was able to attend The Grand Tasting for one afternoon.  This is the event where you can taste the wide variety of wines made across Washington state, without having to drive yourself.  Besides having so many Washington state wineries pouring their wines in one place, there are tables with Seattle’s favourite restaurants serving small bites that you can enjoy with your wine.  Wine and food go together! 

An aisle at Taste Washington
An aisle at Taste Washington

Below are my favourite white, sparkling, rosé, and red wines from Taste Washington, followed by a few pictures of the small bites you could have enjoyed if you attended The Grand Tasting.  My notes are quite brief as there is not much time available to taste through so many wineries in one afternoon.

My Wine Tasting Notes

Tinte Cellars Viognier 2022 – Medium lemon colour in the glass.  A nice aromatic stone fruit nose with more on the palate. Dry, with a smooth thicker mouthfeel.  Bright acidity and flavour.  Touches of grape stem and pepperiness on the palate. Medium-plus length. 4.5 stars

Valdemar Estates Chardonnay 2021 – Medium-plus intensity bright lemon colour.  Lighter aromas of tropical fruit and butterscotch.  This wine ha a medium-plus body, smooth, buttery with a light mouthfeel, not quite mouth-filling.  Tropical fruit and butterscotch on the palate plus medium intensity oak.  Medium acidity.  Some pepperiness on the finish.  Stylish. 4.5 stars

Willow Wine Cellars Albarino 2023 – A medium intensity bright lemon colour.  Fresh stone fruit aromas that continue to the palate.  This wine is dry, with a lean, linear, smooth mouthfeel.  Some minerality.  Medium-plus acidity.  Very tasty. 4.5 stars

Tinte Cellars Viognier 2022, Valdemar Estates Chardonnay 2021, and Willow Wine Cellars Albarino 2023 wines
Tinte Cellars Viognier 2022, Valdemar Estates Chardonnay 2021, and Willow Wine Cellars Albarino 2023 wines

Sagemoor Estate White Blend 2022 – A 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon blend made in stainless steel tanks. A medium-minus intensity light lemon colour.  It has a light green fruit nose.  Medium body with bright acidity that leaves a light prickle in your mouth.  Green fruit, nettles, and minerality on the palate.  Some pepperiness on the finish. Mouthwatering finish. Pair with oysters on the half shell. 4.5 stars

Sagemoor Estate Without Rehearsal 2019 – A 93% Sauvignon Blanc and 7% Semillon blend made in a mix of French oak puncheons, amphora, and concrete tanks. A medium intensity lemon colour.  Light butterscotch, vanilla, stone fruit, and apple nose with more on the palate.  Medium-plus flavour intensity.  This wine is dry, has a smooth texture and medium acidity. Would pair nicely with halibut. 4.5 stars

TIRRIDDIS Sparkling Wines Blanc de Blanc, Traditional Method, R.4 – A light lemon colour. Lots of tiny bubbles.  Light apple aromas.  Toast, apples, butterscotch and tropical fruit flavours.  Dry with light bubbles with your sip. 4.5 stars5 stars

Sagemoor Estate White Blend 2022, Sagemoor Estate Without Rehearsal 2019, and TIRRIDDIS Sparkling Wines Blanc de Blanc, Traditional Method, R.4 wines
Sagemoor Estate White Blend 2022, Sagemoor Estate Without Rehearsal 2019, and TIRRIDDIS Sparkling Wines Blanc de Blanc, Traditional Method, R.4 wines

Trevari Brut Zero Blanc de Blancs, NV – A pale lemon colour.  Light lees and Gala apple aromas.  Dry with medium-plus acidity.  Apricot and pears on the palate.  Medium sized bubbles and medium length.  This sparkling wine is available at BC Liquor stores. 4.5 stars5 stars

Prohibition Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2021 – A light lemon colour.  Light aromas of apples and butterscotch.  Medium body, smooth with light acidity.  Butterscotch on the palate.  4.5 stars 

Dusted Valley Falx Blanc de Noir 2020 – Made from Pinot Noir. A light pear skin colour.  Roasted apple nose.  Dryish, with high acidity and light bubbles.  Roasted apples on the palate.  4.5 stars 

Trevari Brut Zero Blanc de Blancs, NV, Prohibition Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2021, and Dusted Valley Falx Blanc de Noir 2020 wines
Trevari Brut Zero Blanc de Blancs, NV, Prohibition Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2021, and Dusted Valley Falx Blanc de Noir 2020 wines

TIRRIDDIS Sparkling Wines Brut Rose, Traditional Method, R.4 – A light peach and pink colour mix.  Light cherry aroma.  High acidity and medium sized biting bubbles.  Red fruit flavours.  Medium length. 4.5 stars 

Note Bene Cellars Cabernet Franc 2018 – A medium intensity dull garnet colour.  Nice medium intensity red fruit and cedar aromas.  Medium-plus body, smooth with light tannins and medium acidity.  Cedar and red fruit flavours.  4.5 stars 

Pomeroy Cellars Cabernet Franc 2020 – A deeper, dull garnet colour in the glass.  Medium intensity ripe berry fruit aromas.  This wine is dry with medium body.  Juicy ripe berry flavours plus a touch of bitterness.  Medium acidity and light intensity tannins.  4.5 stars 

TIRRIDDIS Sparkling Wines Brut Rose, Traditional Method, R.4, Note Bene Cellars Cabernet Franc 2018, and Pomeroy Cellars Cabernet Franc 2020 wines
TIRRIDDIS Sparkling Wines Brut Rose, Traditional Method, R.4, Note Bene Cellars Cabernet Franc 2018, and Pomeroy Cellars Cabernet Franc 2020 wines

K Vintners The Creator 2020 – 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah.  This wine has a medium-plus intensity translucent garnet colour.  Light meaty, red berries and a touch of capsicum aromas.  Light body, dry with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Red berry flavours along with a touch of nutmeg.  Light pepperiness.  Medium length with a touch of black tea leaves and nutmeg on the finish.  Light tannins.  A quality wine with a light touch. 4.5 stars 

K Vintners Royal City Syrah 2020 – Medium intensity translucent garnet colour in the glass.  Light berry fruit aroma with a hint of bbq sauce.  This wine is dry, light body with a lean, mineral mouthfeel.  Red fruits and a touch of bbq sauce on the palate.  Medium acidity and light tannins.  Tasty.  4.5 stars

Mark Ryan Winery The Dissident Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 – a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot. This wine has a deeper garnet colour.  Ripe berry nose.  Medium body, smooth with a lightly round mouthfeel.  Juicy berry fruit with a touch of sweet spices. Medium acidity and tannins.  A touch peppery on the finish.  A harmonious wine. 4.5 stars5 stars

K Vintners The Creator 2020, K Vintners Royal City Syrah 2020, and Mark Ryan Winery The Dissident Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 wines
K Vintners The Creator 2020, K Vintners Royal City Syrah 2020, and Mark Ryan Winery The Dissident Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 wines

COR Cellars Alder Ridge Cabernet Franc 2022 – Very translucent light garnet colour.  Light red fruit nose.  Medium body, smooth with bright acidity and light tannins.  Juicy berry flavour with some pepperiness on the finish.  Tasty. 4.5 stars 

Avennia Arnaut Syrah 2021 – This wine has a deep garnet colour.  Juicy berries on the nose and on the palate.  This wine is dry, medium bodied with a lean mouthfeel.  Some pepperiness.  Light tannins and medium acidity.  A quality wine. 4.5 stars 

Millbrandt Cellars Ryan Patrick Reserve Grenache Syrah 2021 – Medium translucent ruby colour.  Light, sweet, juicy berry nose.  This wine is dry with a light body and lean mouthfeel.  Black fruit along with some pepperiness and bitterness on the palate.  Firmer tannins.  Medium acidity.  A wine that you should buy and hold for a few years before opening. 4.5 stars 

COR Cellars Alder Ridge Cabernet Franc 2022, Avennia Arnaut Syrah 2021, and Millbrandt Cellars Ryan Patrick Reserve Grenache Syrah 2021 wines
COR Cellars Alder Ridge Cabernet Franc 2022, Avennia Arnaut Syrah 2021, and Millbrandt Cellars Ryan Patrick Reserve Grenache Syrah 2021 wines

Small Bites at The Grand Tasting

A selection of small bites at Taste WA
A selection of small bites at Taste WA

 

A selection of small bites at Taste WA
A selection of small bites at Taste WA

Remember to go to Taste Washington in Seattle next year.

Author: mywinepal
Drink Good Wine. That is my motto and I really want to help you drink good wine. What is good wine? That can be a different thing for each people. Food also loves wine so I also cover food and wine pairings, restaurant reviews, and world travel. Enjoy life with me. MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk, WSET. I spent many years with the South World Wine Society as the President and then cellar master. I love to travel around the world, visiting wine regions and sharing my passion for food & wine with you. Come live vicariously through me, and enjoy all my recommended wines.

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