Time for me to add my favorite West Coast Wines of the Year to the chorus. This is hard for so many reasons. Do I include all the back vintages of wines I’ve enjoyed? If not, then how far back can I go? Good questions and best answered by creating a list of wines from the West Coast that you can buy now. Let me just say that I do not purport this short list to be anything more important than what it is: a short list of wines that I particularly liked and that are generally available.
What I’ve tried to do here is highlight a few wines that surprised me this year. In truth, a fair amount of wines surprise me and I’m not including those here, so a little 'splaining is in order. The wines on this list are wines that are readily available, well priced, and offer a special drinking experience. Best? Well, they’re not even my highest-rated wines, since many of those are distinctly neither affordable nor well priced.
These are West Coast Wines of the Year for specific reasons, and I’ve pointed those reasons out with each wine. You may, or may not, enjoy these wines. Perhaps you’ll enjoy some but not others. I hope you will enjoy at least a few of them, but these wines made the list because I enjoyed them. I found each of these wines to be special, unique and distinct, and worth buying and sharing. So, with no further ado, my list of West Coast Wines of the Year!