For anyone planning to attend Taste Washington! this weekend here is a short list of wineries that have been recommended.
Swiftwater Cellars may be one of the most compelling destination wineries in Washington State. Great setting near Roslyn in the heart of the Cascades and a one-hour drive from Seattle. Located in the Suncadia Resort with access to four-season activities – golf, river rafting, fishing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and more. Their Riesling and Malbec recently won best of class in 2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition.
Obelisco Estate – Doug Long has taken his family’s Napa pedigree (David Arthur, Montagna) and applied it to Washington. Obelisco’s big reds, resourced primarily from its estate vineyard on Red Mountain, have become hugely popular. The winery closed its mailing list last month due to demand.
Avennia – Probably the state’s hottest winery with a focus on Old World winemaking using fruit from some of Washington’s oldest and most prestigious vineyards. Avennia was recently named as the “2014 Washington Winery to Watch” by Great Northwest Wine.
Alexandria Nicole Cellars –It produces a diverse portfolio of wines from its estate vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. ANC was named Winery of the Year in 2011 by Wine Press Northwest. It’s also gained national distinction for partnering with Dogfish Head Ales to produce Noble Rot, a unique beer-wine blend.
Thanks to Bob Silver of Silver Strategic Communications who has kindly shared his picks with us.