The Seattle Wine Awards are fast approaching! On Sunday, June 13th, you will have a chance to taste some of the best Northwest wines. This truly is an exceptional event for the wine consumer, as all the wines poured are award winners selected from over 800 entries.
While all the winning wines won’t be officially announced until June 1st, I had the pleasure of attending a preview Tweetup last Wednesday at Cellar 46 on Mercer Island. Five award winning wines were revealed and sampled while we tweeted announcements and tasting notes. Washington wineries receiving accolades include Coyote Canyon, Mercer Estates, Walla Walla Vintners, Brian Carter Cellars, and Syzygy Winery.
My first taste of the evening was the Mercer Estates 2008 Pinot Gris from Columbia Valley. I have to admit, I have a love/hate relationship with this variety. This double gold recipient offers some melon and citrus on the palate with a nice touch of mineral.
Next came the Coyote Canyon 2009 Albarino from Horse Heaven Hills, a gold medal award winner. This delightful white wine offering lots of pear and spice on the palate is a definite crowd pleaser. Every one at the table enjoyed this variety that we rarely see grown here in Washington state. Best of all, this wine is in the “under $20” category.
Moving onto the reds, our next taste was the Walla Walla Vintners 2008 Sangiovese from Columbia Valley. This double gold winner offers leather, tobacco, and strawberry leading up to a nice finish with vanilla.
Awarded a gold medal, the Brian Carter Cellars 2005 Solesce is a Bordeaux style blend crafted with fruit from Yakima Valley. Having spent some time in the bottle, it is a very elegant wine with chocolate aromas and flavors.
The last wine in the lineup, the Syzygy 2007 Syrah from Walla Walla Valley, was awarded double gold. Sadly, the bottle was empty when I was ready to sample it. At least I had been able to relish the other award winners!
Be sure to seize the opportunity to taste all of these award winning wines yourself in one of Seattle’s most elegant settings. Purchasing your tickets before May 31st gives you the benefit of a discount. See Bean’s previous post about the Grand Awards Tasting to learn more about this extraordinary event. Meanwhile, You can follow @NancyFeasts and @winebeerWA on Twitter for additional announcements and tasting notes. Use the Twitter hashtag #WineAwards to follow or participate in the conversation.