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2011 Chardonnay a Top 5 Summer "Wine Pick" - 425Magazine.com

"Forgeron Cellars, 2011 Chardonnay, — $27. French-born winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla forges a Burgundian beauty — poised, polished, pleasantly light — the perfect wine for seafood, chicken, or pasta at your next patio party."

L.M. Archer, FWS, 425Magazine.com, July/August 2013


Travel like a Tourist - Exploring Woodinville Wine Country

By Linda Jenkins

In Woodinville, a collective passion for winemaking has grown into an area so focused on the love & appreciation of wine that you could happily lose yourself in it. Without ever being intimidating, Woodinville Wine Country is impressing wine lovers from around the world who come to experience the best of Washington wines.

As luck would have it, those on the Eastside are just a short trip away from Woodinville, a city just 12 miles north of Bellevue. Or better yet, let a knowledgeable tour guide like Stuart Butler of Butler Wine Tours, a.k.a. the “Wine Stuart,” pick you up & show you what the area has to offer. “The atmosphere is so relaxed here. You just keep tasting wines & you’ll find what you like,” Butler said.

You can tour through Woodinville with your pick of more than 90 wineries to taste & enjoy. But it’s best to choose just a few, so you can linger a while. Let the flavors develop fully because it will be worth it.

If you don’t know which wines you love yet, Woodinville Wine Country is the place to meet the winemakers & learn. If you only want the best & you know what that means to you, it’s here too. Wine tasting in Woodinville is about finding your passion & then relaxing into it...

5 Woodinville Wine Picks for Summer

Woodinville Wine Country is the perfect place to enjoy sunny summer days & warm nights. If you’re dining at home or hosting a party of your own, here are 5 summer wine picks from L.M. Archer, FWS, Tasting Room Associate at Lachini Vineyards:

  • Brian Carter Cellars, 2011 Oriana “Golden Lady” $20. Golden Lady indeed. This luxurious, food-friendly Rhone-style white blend with a Riesling chaser pairs well with seafood & spicy Cajun cooking.
  • DeLille Cellars, 2011 Chaleur Estate Blanc, $35. Elegance in a bottle. Who needs reds? This full-bodied, finely balanced white Bordeaux blend bursting with hints of lemon grass, guava & white pepper compliments grilled steaks.
  • Forgeron Cellars, 2011 CHARDONNAY, — $27. French-born winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla forges a Burgundian beauty — poised, polished, pleasantly light — the perfect wine for seafood, chicken, or pasta at your next patio party.
  • William Church Winery, 2012 Viognier, $23. This flirty flagship Viognier vibrates with aromatic notes of pear, honeysuckle & peach. Quite the accompaniment for Asian food.
  • Lachini Vineyards,  2011 Pinot Noir Rosé, $22. Finally, guys — a rosé you can drink without feeling foolish. Dry, crisp, refreshing — in a league of its own. And thoroughly addicting. The perfect summer concert picnic pick...

The Basics

Wineries & tasting rooms have unique hours & some are open by appointment only. Tasting fees range from $5-$20. Dress is casual for regular tastings. Wine Walks are held the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month, when visitors can tour & taste a number of local wines for a flat fee. Pick up a Tasting Woodinville map at many locations in Woodinville or check woodwarewine.com for current information. Details on release parties, concerts, & special events can be found at woodinvillewinecountry.com.

Linda Jenkins, 425Magazine.com, July/August 2013