All the winners from the 13th Annual Seattle Magazine Wine Awards
You don't have to spend a fortune to drink well. The best, boldest and brightest sips from our 13th Annual Wine Awards will take you through the summer and beyond.
Rosé of the Year
Long Shadows 2017 Julia’s Dazzle Rosé of Pinot Gris
Columbia Valley, $20
This rosé was the best of a deeply impressive flight; such an impressive group of pink wines, in fact, that we felt the time has come to elevate rosé to a wine of the year category. Developed by Long Shadows founder Allen Shoup and named after Shoup’s granddaughter, Dazzle is crafted by Walla Walla-based winemaker Gilles Nicault using Pinot Gris fruit (which takes on a pink hue as it ripens) from across the Columbia Valley. The bowling-pin shape of the bottle is striking, and the wine inside is even better, offering a dry, brisk mix of melon and citrus fruit, finishing clean and refreshing. Pairs With: A simple lunch of tinned fish and baguettes.
White Wine of the Year
Efestē 2016 Feral Sauvignon Blanc
Ancient Lakes, Evergreen Vineyard, $20
Our White Wine of the Year, also the winner of our Best Sauvignon Blanc category, from Woodinville-based Efestē, underscores the argument that Evergreen Vineyard, in the Ancient Lakes AVA, is Washington’s finest site for white wines. The name Feral refers to the wild yeasts used during fermentation. The result is a Sauvignon Blanc that hits just the right green notes, with grass and green papaya to balance grapefruit and mineral notes. Pairs With: Crab and green papaya salad. Read More »