The hard working folks at Dusted Valley Vintners have been bestowed the honor of “Washington Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest. Doesn’t it make you feel great when nice people who consistently produce great product receive well deserved recognition? Not only did they earn it, they shared their appreciation by hosting an event at their Woodinville tasting room on Saturday, March 20th to celebrate the honor.

This is where we recently got to taste the Dusted Valley 2007 Stained Tooth Syrah. Roger and I have liked the Stained Tooth since we first tasted it during a visit to Walla Walla several years ago. Fortunately, this Syrah still has the fruit forward style we favor. It doesn’t hurt that the wine is co-fermented with Viognier and has some Grenache and Counoise blended in. The wine offers aromas and flavors of cherries and prunes. A long, silky finish delivers some vanilla. This wine retails for $26. Be sure to try it this weekend at Taste Washington.