After a seven year stint in Portland, OR, we have now moved back to Atlanta. As a tribute to the great NW, I thought I would list my favorite wineries that I carried back across the country to enjoy on the east coast:
Owen Roe - Great variety of WS reds and OR pinots. I prefer the WS reds (especially the Dubrul offerings), but the pinots hold their own. My wife worked briefly for David, so I may be a bit biased.
Shea - Dick is a great guy and his wines are fantastic. His wines represent the ultimate Oregon pinots. I consider The Homer the best Oregon pinot across several vintages.
Lemelson - Eric was doing sustainable when sustainable wasn't cool. The high end Stermer and Jerome's are on the top tier most years. They also make some of the best value pinots around.
Waters - Nice variety of offerings. The Interlude is one of the best value blends in WS. The single varietal Syrahs are excellent. Don't miss the Cab Franc blends.
Le Cadeau - Tom produces great quality with each vintage and has done some fun stuff with the red label and Aubichon second label.
Abeja - Another great value blend. The viogner may be the best in the NW. The reserve cabs are worth the wait.
JK Carrier - Solid range of pinots, especially at the high end. However, they are starting to get pricey.
Leonetti - Not a lot needs to be said here. However, they do make a fantastic Sangiovese that doesn't make it out of the NW very often.
Sheridan - Excellent Cab Franc. The L'Orage is good most every year.
Gramercy Cellars- The best Tempranillo in the NW.
Sleight of Hand - Good, fun wines at decent prices.
Archery Summit - High quality pinots. Great single vineyards. High prices.
Patty Green - A dizzying variety of pinot offerings. Great to try them during open houses. Always a fan of the Balcombe.
And last, but nowhere near least:
Thomas - You've got to know somebody to get this stuff. It's worth the effort.
I'm going to miss the Northwest! What are your favorites?