Amongst the myriad of wonderful wines at the Seattle Wine Awards was a unique selection provided by a dashing Mike Andrews, owner and wine maker of Coyote Canyon Winery. The winery, located in Prosser, Washington has a fascinating history. I hope to present this history in a future spotlight.
Mr. Andrews provided  four white wines, all of which were superior. The driest is his blend called Downtown White which is widely distributed and runs only 10-12 dollars per bottle. It is 65% Pinot Gris, 31% Chardonnay and 4% Viognier. This wonderful, crisp wine won a Silver award and is perfect for Summer outings.
The second wine was a Spanish variety called Albarino. Coyote Canyon is one of the first to grow this this variety in Washington. The wine had a slight peppery taste and was a winner of a gold.  It retails for 18 dollars a bottle.  I very much appreciated the unique flavor of this wine.  Mr Andrews next poured me a glass of his Life is a Rose Barbera Rose, recipient of a bronze medal.   At 15 dollars  a bottle this was a spectacular buy.  And finally I got to taste the double gold award winning Rouseanne.  A slightly sweet, delicious wine with melon notes and one of my favorites of the evening.