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Accolades for Forgeron Cellars

Forgeron Cellars continues to Impress Bellingham Herald

"Forgeron Cellars continues to impress me with its broad range of well-made wines."

Dan Radil, The Bellingham Herald, May 14, 2013

 Want to taste Walla Walla wines? Visit Woodinville

"Walla Walla is one of my favorite wine destinations in Washington, one that I try to visit every year.

But despite the nice, & usually drier, change of scenery, the 6 hour-plus drive can be a sticking point. And there are accommodations, meals & fuel costs to add to the mix. When you consider all of the time & finances involved, it's not as simple as just loading up the vehicle & taking off.

Fortunately, as many of you know, the Woodinville area has become a mecca of tasting rooms for wineries based in Eastern Washington. And Walla Walla has become well-represented among the dozens of wineries that use the Seattle suburb as a second location.

Woodinville can be reached from Bellingham in less than 90 minutes, traffic permitting. It makes for a great day trip, or overnight stay, where you can experience a taste of Walla Walla at a fraction of the cost.

Walla Walla-based wineries with outlets in Woodinville include Cougar Crest Estate Winery, Dusted Valley Vintners, Forgeron Cellars, Isenhower Cellars, Otis Kenyon Wine, Patit Creek Cellars, Pepper Bridge Winery, & Trust Cellars.

Here's a smattering of wines I've recently sampled...:

...Forgeron Cellars continues to impress me with its broad range of well-made wines. A new trio of favorites includes the easy-drinking Walldeaux Smithie Red Wine (about $18), a 9-varietal combination brimming with red berries & touches of spice & white pepper; the 2011 Ambiance (about $26), an amazing white Rhone blend with peach aromas, juicy Bartlett pear flavors & a nutty, viscous finish; & the drop-dead gorgeous 2009 Syrah (about $30), with layers of blackberry, currant & bittersweet chocolate.

For more information on these & other wineries in the Woodinville area, check out"


Dan Radil is a wine enthusiast who lives in Bellingham & writes for The Bellingham Herald. Reach him at