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Aug 3, 2012 09:43 AM

Washington wine suggestions?

I'm planning a wedding and looking for some wine suggestions. My target price point is $10-12/bottle, looking to get about three cases total. What I'm looking for is:

1) A balanced red, not super-fruity. I'm not that familiar with Washington wines but a lot of the Oregon Pinot that I've tried has too much light berry flavor for my taste. Maybe a syrah or malbec?

2) A white towards the dry end. Maybe a Sauvingnon Blanc or a Pinot Gris with more of a mineral character...

I'll be purchasing these in Seattle, so it would be ideal if they were either widely available or if you could also let me know where in Seattle I might buy it. Thanks in advance for any help!

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  1. Try Pete's Eastlake (Joel if he's still there), Pete's Bellevue or Total Wine for their advice. They won't steer you wrong and will be happy to order it for you.

    1. A tasting trip to Woodinville might find you some real winners, if you're going to be here a few days in advance. Woodinville is just 20ish minutes from Seattle, and has a ton of wine makers offering tastings.

      I'd recommend a taste of Elevation Cellars Imperium, a quite dry, and somewhat atypical Reisling as a possibility for your white selection.

      I'd also be sure to hit Delille Cellars... you won't find a wedding choice there, but many of their wines are very worth tasting.

      1. I like Pike and Western in the Market and McCarthy and Schiering. I would say Syrah for your red, but it's a pretty low price point for Washington. You may want to try Chateau St. Michelle. It's a much larger winery than some, but it is typically good and will have more price point vairety. Columbia Crest is also consistently decent. If you want to do a mixed case and splurge on a few bottles, look at K winery. I usually love the K Syrah (but then I go for bad puns). There is a magazine called Northwest Palate that you should check out--lots of tasting notes.

        1. For the red, I'd recommend the "CMS" blend (cabernet-merlot-syrah) from Hedges. Widely available even in supermarkets, just under $10 retail, and of course even less after standard discounts for case purchases. Very balanced and quite pleasant. See:

          For the white, I think that the Erath Pinot Gris from Oregon meets your goals, and is also just comfortably under your price point. It too is very widely available. See:

          As an alternative white, there is also a Sauvignon Blanc with the Hedges/CMS moniker. I don't like it as much as the Erath (or as the CMS red), but for a dry (and kind of "neutral" tasting "safe-for-a-crowd") white wine, it works. See:

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          1. re: Gizmo56

            +1 on CMS Red. I've bought for numerous events and it's always popular. You can also buy it by the case/bottle at Costco for a good price.

            1. re: Gizmo56

              Gizmo, Excellent recommendations for that price point.