Walter Dacon wines, vintage after vintage, are in the top two or three Syrahs I sample from all of Washington and are sometimes flatly the best I taste.
You DO NOT need to spend anywhere north of $50 to get a great bottle of wine for that will shock ‘n’ awe your family, for holiday dinners, or your friend, as a gift.
Take an hour, step out of America for a while, and slide into a tiny Euro-style glen where great things are being done with so little fanfare that it’s almost a secret. Olalla Winery is The Real Deal.
We assume that an 89 point wine cannot be as good as a 94 point wine and the economic ramifications of that presumption are MASSIVE; the sort of fatheaded ‘tude that can put smaller wineries out of business.
A great deal of wine appreciation has to do with our early wine indoctrination and whatever the current, ever-changing cultural Hot Thang was when we were at our most impressionable.
If you enjoy beer and wine and any kinds of distilled booze, definitely make plans to get up to Vancouver Island, like NOW.
If you like having the choices and don’t want to lose the privilege of having options AND great, fun visits to local breweries, wineries, and distilleries, KEEP GOING BACK AND BUYING BOOZE.
The Hess Collection “Panthera” Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a swoon-inducing, sexy, lavish, eye-popping Wow Wine; one of the two or three best of the Semi-Old School California Chards I’ve tasted in the past ten years