Last year, we revamped the list to “Washington’s 30 most exciting wines.” This year’s list, which is in the October issue of the magazine due out shortly but available on-line, is in the same vein, though it is titled “30 Washington wines to drink right now” (albeit with a category on cellar-worthy wines).
This list was created from over 1,600 wines sampled. I picked wines that stood out and then, having done so, organized them into various lists. This year, those lists looked as follows:
– High acid white wines
– Wines to cellar (or decant)
– Up and comers: Wines from exciting new producers, regions, or varieties
– Evergreen releases: Wines that are consistently top quality but hit an especially high mark this year
– Exceptional values
– Local singularities: Wines that are redefining the way that wines are made or styles are thought about in Washington
Additionally there are a series of other articles I wrote. These include a profile on Savage Grace, a look at Pet-Nat, instrumental Washington wineries through the decades (focusing on the ‘9s), three great wines that are hard to get your hands on, and three under $20 wines that over-perform.
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