Northwest appellation wins top wine award

Northwest appellation wins top wine award

columbia-crest-cab2006Yes, we're all about BC wine here at this blog, but we also take a certain pride in what our neighbours to the south have achieved. In fact, the more we learn about winemaking in BC, the more we are compelled to learn about what's happening in Washington state.

A couple months ago the respected publication Wine Spectator produced its Top 100 wines, settling on Washington's Columbia Crest winery 2005 Columbia Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon as their Wine of the Year.

In a twist of fate, we went out to The Keg restaurant for a steak dinner that weekend, and on the menu was a Columbia Crest Cab Sauv (pictured here) but not the reserve. All of us at dinner raved about the wine, giving me an excuse to seek it out at our local liquor stores.

Luckily, BC Liquor Stores do stock the non-reserve label we drank at The Keg, and a reserve label and a very fine Merlot. I picked up a case of Columbia Crest selections and we managed to work through them all during the holidays.

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