In order to showcase and celebrate top Washington wine blends, Peha Promotions has collaborated with Columbia Hospitality to create the event BLEND. Last year the event made its debut with blending seminars, decadent food, and some amazing Washington wineries.

BLENDThis year, BLEND was modified a bit. Among the changes, blending stations flanked several wineries in lieu of a sit down seminar. Wine World (sponsor) hosted a Bubble Lounge allowing guests to explore some of our Washington sparkling wines paired with oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms. Also, the Washington wine blends being poured were judged by a group of wine professionals and bloggers. Full disclosure:  I was among the panel of judges.

1st Place:  McCrea Cellars 2009 Sirocco Blanc, Yakima Valley, $ 25.00

2nd Place:  Brian Carter Cellars 2009 Oriana, Yakima Valley, $20.00

3rd Place:  Natches Heights Vineyard and Winery Can Can 2010, Two Coyote Vineyard, Yakima Valley, $11.00

1st Place:  Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve 2006, Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, $59.00

2nd Place (tie):  Robert Ramsay Cellars Mason’s Red 2008, Horse Heaven Hills, $18.00

2nd Place (tie):  Sparkman Cellars Stella Mae 2008, Columbia Valley, $42.00

Event guests also voted for their favorite wines of the evening. Those wines are:

1st Place:  Terra Blanca ONYX 2007, Terra Blanca Estate Vineyard, Red Mountain, $52.00

2nd Place (tie):  Cave B Cuvee du Soleil 2008, Cave B Vineyards, Columbia Valley, $45.00

2nd Place (tie):  Col Solare Red Blend 2007, Columbia Valley, $70.00

Other Winning Washington Wines

One of the challenges for anyone who attends wine events such as this is that with wines being poured by over 40 producers, it’s tough to visit each one during the course of a 3 hour event. The good news? With so many options, there is sure to be something that pleases most every palate.

In case you didn’t make it to all the tables, some other wines poured at the event that I consider winners based on Quality Price Ratio (QPR) include Dunham Cellars 2007 Trutina. We’ve reviewed previous vintages of this easy drinking red wine a couple of times, and have found it to be one we go back to time and again.

Gamache Vintners also poured a couple of red wines that enchanted me. The Estate Boulder Red is another one of those consistently good wines we frequently revisit, and appreciate that it’s available for under $20. For a more complex experience, try the Reserve 2006 which typically retails at $40.

I have to admit my surprise that Davenport Cellars didn’t get a mention for their Snowflake. This refreshing blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc was recently picked by Seattle Magazine as a top 10 Washington Wine!

Did you have a favorite wine at the event? We’d love to hear what you think.