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Woodinville is a crazy busy area for multiple tasting rooms congested into small retail spaces competing for parking. All wineries were packed, so if you can, avoid on weekends. Thanks to Glen who fit us in to Delille who holds the distinction of all rated wines above 90 pts eight years straight. We found the wine similar to the big reds throughout Washington (ie, red mtn), in that they featured bright red fruit with huge tannins and acidity. We liked the Chenin Blanc (bright lemon) and Roussane (light lemon). We bought the Doyenne, which was made for the winemaker's wedding and guests encouraged ongoing production. Delille consistently uses liberal oak on

Mr. Ryan was winemaker of the year in 2016 so we had to try the wines. It's too bad we missed him in Walla Walla at his estate property. We found them in Woodinville. Despite the crazy Saturday environment, Stan took good care of us and had us try all the estate/reserve products.The Chard was lovely and had a light oak and soft fruit. As we started to get into the reds the tannin and acid pops were huge. Sticky teeth is the word for all the wines. None of them were small wines; however the production is low. Shipping to Ohio is possible, so if you want

A very unique father-son adventure with 26 wines. One could visit just here in Woodinville and not need to go anywhere else with this number of wines. Many wines are sourced from their estate property called Stillwater, and the other uniquely from properties where Mr Mike Januik developed a relationship as the winemaker at Chateau Ste Michelle. After retiring, he built his own winery (tasting room right across the street from Chateau Ste Michelle) with his son Andrew. Many of the wines are rated 90 points. We learned that Mike prefers ni surprises or overpowering wines and produces consistent, easy drinking Washington classic varietals. Andrew, his son, prefers

In partnership with Chateau Ste Michelle, this winery produces Red Mountain big grape products. We did a vertical of the cabernets and also tasted the cab franc and the Malbec, pictured. we find a taste in them that is distinctive possibly from the limestone. Each one had huge tannins and acidity and the fruit was aromatic but not as fruit forward and its flavors. Thanks Cherie for sharing your knowledge of the terrior and the big wine.

I start up wine business with a son named Steve on his parents property and 4 years old. Find great mostly and doing a great job getting it from places like Red Mountain in Walla Walla.Very much enjoyed the Riesling which is a soft lemon tart like with a clean finish.we very much enjoyed their cab which is one of the biggest blackest cabs that we've had and they got the grapes from Red Mountain. At $27 it's a great buy and we bought several bottles.Their red blend is also big with a cab, franc, malbec, petit verdot blend. Huge tannins and definitely food wine.very nice new property

W We had the pleasure of a private tour with the winemaker, Karen Krug. Great story that they couldn't use Krug as their wine name since it's taken by the big champagne house so they went with spoiled dog. We didn't get to meet the dog but learned he has the run if an inner island spot

Close to the ferry this is a stop that I'm sure pleasures many island growers. Sean took care of us and showed us a number of their products.Like we learned at spoiled dog there is a grape that this island produces that unique called Siegerrepe (see photo), this is very similar to a Riesling with a lemon curd taste. They also presented a Pinot Gris, Dolcetto, Cab Franc, sangiovese, Malbec and primitivo. We like the ladder in definitely took a bottle with us, so thanks Sean for opening it.

It's hilarious to go into a offshore Seattle island and meet somebody from Cuyahoga falls Ohio, which is what happened at the island wine shop. Tasted a few wines too. Really enjoyed Aligote by Shooting Star and bought two bottles. It's like a sugar cube with lemon or lemon sweet tart. City Limits chardonnay from Columbia Valley, pridyced in stainless steel was light and fruity. Cedar Green Cellars produced a Gamay Noir rose that was very interesting. The Starside cab was also very fruity and easy drinking, as was the Erica Orr Grenache. What we can say we've learned most is Washington wines are clean, pure and crisp without negative aftertaste. Nice

Spending time with Caleb the winemaker at Bookwalter in Washington we got a clear explanation of why the Merlot and cab taste so differently in Washington. While a wine geek answer it has to do with pH and conditions. Caleb was told that next to Pomerol France, Merlot grows best here because of the desert dry conditions. The winemaker at Bordeaux Margaux said that it's because in August a drought happens every year. In Washington they always have drought desert-like conditions but control their water. They can turn on a drought and so it allows their wines to receive intense heat but dry conditions. This retains acidity and

Up in the southern Valley of Walla Walla and a long drive to find a couple of wineries.  Extremely overcast foggy day with frost all over all growth so it shows us the cool times. They explained that there were many days of hundred degrees and then drop cold at night with frost. That's what we're seeing. The fog inversion apparently it's pretty common too. The wines are classic to Washington -- high acidity, red to black fruit which state bright. I attribute that to cool nights keeping down grape ripening into darker black fruit. They stay acidic but have high tannins and deep burgundy color. Everything at Northstar