Wines Under $20
1 Irresponsible Red Wine Blend: Dynasty Cellars
Produced by Bellingham winemaker Peter Osvaldik, it’s a proprietary blend that changes from year to year; but as of late it’s a nice combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Tempranillo. Medium-bodied; lots of spicy, red berry flavors and a soft finish make it instantly enjoyable.
$18 | dynastycellars.com
2 2012 Sauvignon Blanc: Upland Winery
This Bordeaux-style blend captures the regality of the hills of the Yakima Valley’s Upland Vineyards. Made with Semillon grapes and fermented in oak barrels, the crispness and high acidity of this Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with goat cheeses, green vegetables, and oysters.
$16 | wineyakimavalley.com
3 H3 Les Chevaux Red Blend: Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Crest
Les Chevaux, meaning “the horses” in French, comes from the Horse Heaven Hills vineyards in Eastern Washington, where stallions once ran free. From the crushed grapes comes bold flavors of cherry and rose petal, creating a subtle dryness and a vibrant finish for this full-bodied wine.
$15 | columbiacrest.com
4 Newsprint Malbec: Guardian Vineyards
From grapes grown in the intense, dry heat of the Yakima Valley, this medium-body wine carries rich flavors of blackberry and a lingering touch of spice and black pepper. Due to its short finish, the Malbec pairs well with a leaner red meats and light cuts of dark meat.
$15 | guardiancellars.com
5 Sonoma County Chardonnay: Rodney Strong Vineyards
Fermented in a barrel for six months, this full-bodied chardonnay will pair perfectly with a mild cheese or a roast chicken. Tastes of spice and vanilla arise beneath the refreshing aromas of baked apple, pear, citrus, and white blossom, with a natural acidity from the maritime climate of Sonoma County.
$17 | rodneystrong.com
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