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Snooth User: MetteinCoMo

Exploring the North West!

Posted by MetteinCoMo, Jul 7, 2013.

Hi everyone, I have recently started to discover the great wines of Oregon and Washington, especially falling in love with the rich, dark reds (Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot). However, I am fairly new to the world of wine, and would like some recommendations, education and whatever else has to do with the wines of the North West. I hope to be enlightened and discover new and exciting wines! Thanks!


Reply by jtryka, Jul 7, 2013.

There are many to explore, I just came back from a trip to Walla Walla and started a topic on the forum on that trip, so that might interest you.  I've also reviewed a lot of Northwest wines on my blog which you can find here: as you might find some more wines that interest you and you can find in Missouri.  Cheers!

Reply by MetteinCoMo, Jul 7, 2013.

Thanks! I looked at your blog, it looks very interesting!

Reply by EMark, Jul 7, 2013.

Mette, I am certainly on the same page with you on the enoyment of rich red wines, and there is no denying that Oregon is building a great reputation for Pinot Noir and Washington produces great Cabs and Merlots.  When you get the bug to look at white wines, Oregon does a great job with Chardonnay, and Washington Rieslings are equally good.

Reply by MetteinCoMo, Jul 9, 2013.

Mark, Thanks for the advice, I will definitely try some the whites as well. Especially in this kind of weather (hot and humid), the heavy reds are a little bit too heavy!

I actually tried, what I thought was a Washington Chardonnay (Josh Cellars, 2011) at a restaurant yesterday (it was listed as being from Washington, but when I looked it up later, it turned out to be Californian). Nevertheless, it was delicious with an excellent and very long buttery finish! Next time, I will try an actual North West white!

Reply by jtryka, Jul 9, 2013.

Don't forget the roses!  I favor big reds, but found last year and this that in the heat there are many wonderful and dry roses that are quite refreshing, many from the Northwest as well.

Reply by JonDerry, Jul 9, 2013.


Big Table Farm in Oregon is on my short list...they have a few Pinot Noir's worth checking out, including a Rose of Pinot, and also do a Syrah (sourced from CA fruit) and Chardonnay.

Sticking with Oregon Pinot, St. Innocent has a great lineup at reasonable pricing, and I've heard good things about Ayoub but I've no direct experience.

As far as Washington goes, for Cabs and Syrah blends there is Betz and fast rising Rasa that are at the top (along with other overpriced brands like Quilcedas Creek), Leonetti is also gold standard stuff, but these wines are typically in the $65+ range. For better values or just lower price points, try Soos Creek in the $30+ range and Andrew Will in the $40-60 range.

Syrah blends are usually cheaper than the Cabernet blends if you haven't noticed. Where there are the high quality $70+ Cabs, the same level Syrah is usually in the $40-50 range. Some names to look for are Maison Bleue and Grammercy.



Reply by MetteinCoMo, Jul 9, 2013.

JONDERRY, Thanks! I love hearing about the wines that other people are passionate about, and especially to get advice about such an interesting region! Taking all this together, it looks like I'm starting out with the "classic" reds of the region (Cabernet Saugvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir) and moving on to Oregon Chardonnays and Washington Rieslings. Now, I just need to decide which ones... my wallet unfortunately also has a say, so that might be where the Syrah somes in. The upside is, I see a lot of wine drinking in my future!

Reply by JonDerry, Jul 10, 2013.

Definitely...happy hunting.

Finding money to taste all that you want seems like the biggest challenge. So it comes down to discipline, and picking your spots. The more passionate you are the more trouble you get into!

Reply by Lucha Vino, Jul 11, 2013.

Welcome to Snooth and good luck with your explorations.  I am off to France in about an hour, so don't have much time to write about NW wines right now.  I have created several lists that feature Washington wines.  Check them out on my profile page.

I also write a (not too serious) blog matching Washington Wines against the world.

I will be curious to hear what Washington wines are available in Missouri.  We have wineries sprouting up all over the place.  Many of them are making excellent wine, but have limited distribution.

Another great resource is Sean Sullivan's Washington Wine Report.  He hosts a monthly virtual tasting that typically features a wine that is affordable (under 20 dollars) and widely distributed.


Reply by MetteinCoMo, Jul 11, 2013.

Thanks Lucha! I will check it out. Have a great trip to France, I hope you get to taste a lot of wine!

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