I’m Dreaming of a Wine Winter

Thinking outside the familiar confines of the box to find ways of entertainment and exciting experiences has been a necessity with this unusual year. And while some winter practices will always remain the same—curling up under a warm blanket as you watch your favorite holiday film or catching snowflakes on the tip of your tongue—there is opportunity to try new things. So as the frosty flurries roll in and the crisp chill clings to the air, let your palette explore these unique and highly rated wines to cozy up with this season.

CasaSmith Cinghiale Sangiovese 2018 (92 points)

Wahluke Slope & Rosebud Vineyards

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Pleasant, coating mouthfeel, flavors of savory herbs, ripe red current, dark raspberry and juicy Bing cherry. Aromas include subtle spice and leather. A delectable red that would fit perfectly in Grandfather’s study.

Lemberger 2018 (93 points)

Kiona Vineyards
Red Mountain AVA

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The Lemberger is special to Kiona Vineyards as they were the first winery to commercialize the wine in 1980. Smooth and silky with a buttery texture and flavor. Medium body of lush blackberry and fig.

Woodland Goddess Reserve Red 2016 (Double Gold)

Silvara Cellars
Leavenworth, WA

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A favorite for those snowy cabin evenings while enjoying a roaring fireplace. Deep aromas of dark fruit, chocolate and an array of spices. Bold, present tannins, velvety notes of black licorice and vanilla, paired with a dash of viognier, complement the fresh floral finish.

Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris “Spicy Pig” Blend (limited release)

Chateau Ste. Michelle
Columbia Valley

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An atypical mix, but one that works beautifully. Supple texture and musky aromas from classic barrel fermentation. Season appropriate with flavors of spice, fresh apple and pear.

NATALIE BENSON