Ten Washington Wines for the Holidays

With over 900 wineries and thousands of lush vineyard acres, Washington State is home to some of the country’s prime grape-growing regions and every year provides delicious, award-winning wines. We would like to share ten Washington wines that we feel are perfect to enjoy during the holidays this year.

NATALIE BENSON

Reds

Jet Black, Syrah, 2017- Alexandria Nicole Cellars
alexandrianicolecellars.com
Velvety rich texture, featuring a variety of fruits that are complemented by earthy, smokey notes.

Reserve Zinfandel, 2014 – Maryhill Winery
maryhillwinery.com
Envelops the taster in sweet pie aromas, a toasty palate and a warm, silky finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon XXI, 2015 – Dunham Cellars
dunhamcellars.com
Raspberry opens on the nose and notes of black currant and dried herbs dance on the mid-palate in this deep, full-bodied Red.

Cabernet Franc, 2017- Tamarack Cellars
tamarackcellars.com
Smooth body infused with sweet spice and subtle elderberry. Cherry hits the nose nicely and leads to outstanding flavors of honey and ripe red plum.

Don Isidro, Red Blend, 2015 – Gard Vintners
gardwine.com
A one-of-a-kind, gentle blend deep with rich fruit flavor. Named in honor of the Vineyard Manager, Isidro Mondragon.

Carmenere, 2015 – Jones Winery
jonesofwashington.com
Light and supple, hinted with peppercorn spice and abundant with aromas of cherry, raspberry, and juicy cranberry.

Brother’s Blend, Red Blend, 2016- Milbrandt Vineyards
milbrandtvineyards.com
A banquet of black cherry, raspberry, plum and savory herbs pairs beautifully with decadent dark fruit and is perfected by vanilla and subtle toast at the finish.

Whites

Icon Late Harvest Semillon, 2014 – Waterbrook Winery
waterbrook.com
A bright dessert wine leavened with ripe apricot and dried pear flavor.

Sparkling Brut, 2013 – Jones Winery
jonesofwashington.com
Bursting with apple, lemon zest, honeysuckle, pineapple and toasted hazelnut. Laced with floral notes and a touch of buttered croissant. A surprising creamy texture and perfectly balanced.

Syrah Rose, 2018 – Radiance Winery
radiancewinery.com
Refreshing and fruit forward with a unique rhubarb finish. A Syrah bridal blend that gives it a bit of warmth, ideal for anytime of the year.

St. Martin’s University Gala International: China

560 guests attended the St. Martin’s Gala featuring James Beard award-winning chef Ming Tsai, host of “Simply Ming” on PBS. Throughout the evening, Tsai offered culinary demonstrations of the five-course gourmet dinner at the stage kitchen. The evening’s program included a live auction and the much-anticipated Feed-a-Mind paddle raise aimed at generating scholarship funds for St. Martin’s students.

The menu included tea-smoked salmon and crab lemongrass tartlets with avocado lemon puree, cold miso-shallot shrimp frisée salad and sesame chicken cucumber noodle salad, red roast duck legs with sweet potatoes and daikon served with rice, orangeginger lamb shanks with barley, and, for dessert, bittersweet flourless chocolate cake with cardamom cream and passion fruit coulis. Each course was paired with specialty wines from Maryhill Winery. The evening’s proceeds raised $1.2 million toward student scholarships at St. Martin’s.