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Over the last ten years, we have purchased wines from a number of wineries -- both large and small.  We have developed a short list of favorites. We have met or talked with people from each of these wineries and we have a comfortable feeling about the wine-making values of the winemaker.


Favorite Wine(s) Notes


Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Sauvignon Blanc
This has been one of our favorite wineries from the first time that we drank a bottle of Merlot in San Francisco. Widely available.

McCrea Cellars

Syrah, Viognier, Chardonnay This small Washington winery (approx 2,000 cases per year) specializes in Rhone-style wines.

Matthews Cellars

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Semillon Another small Washington winery, this favorite of ours makes a marvelous Bordeaux style wine from grapes grown in both the Yakima and Columbia Valleys.

Cayuse Vineyards

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, Viognier This is a fairly new winery in Eastern Washington that makes very lush, rich wines.
DeLille Cellars
Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah This is probably the largest of the four small Washington State wineries listed on this page with specialties in Bordeaux-style blends in both red and white.

Casa Nuestra
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Cabernet Franc, Tinto This is a remarkable little vineyard in Napa. Besides the traditional varieties, the Tinto is a "field-blend" (mostly Zinfandel but 11 other grapes contribute to the blend) from a single vineyard. Where to buy: available direct from the winery.

Vincent Arroyo

Petite Sirah We include this winery not only for the wine but also because, last spring, we had a casual, drop-in barrel-tasting (no advance notice!) with the winemaker/owner. Where to buy: only available from the winery.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Sirah, Merlot Although this is a new winery, the winemakers actually have three generations of experience in Napa growing grapes and working with other wineries. Now that they're on their own, they are doing great things as early results are tasty.
Westrey Winery
Call 503-434-6357
Pinot Noir (Croft Reserve), Chardonnay David Autrey and Amy West make a nice, soft Pinot Noir from Oregon. This is a really good value for the price.

For people interested in kosher wines, I have tried to create a list of all that is not sweet and sticky.

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Wine glasses, decanters and more: Many choices are available including Riedel and Spiegelau crystal stemware and decanters. Plus, there are many products to clean and care for your glassware.   


Serving and preserve your wine, from the most elegant decanters to chillers, coasters, drip savers and more. When we want wine by the glass (when we don't think we'll finish a bottle), we use the WineKeeper which automatically fills the bottle with nitrogen to preserve the wine.
Corkscrews Corkscrews and cork pullers are essential tools. Wine Enthusiast has a wide variety of devices including the traditional Laguiole corkscrew to the smooth Rabbit Corkscrew leverpull types. Storing your wine doesn't have to be difficult. Wine Enthusiast offers everything from free standing wine cellars to wine racks and cooling systems that can be installed in a closet or a corner of the basement.   
Finally, for great deals, don't forget to check out the clearance items and the Wine Cellar Outlet Store areas.


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