Look to Washington for value on good wine

Washington Hills, Waterbrook and Sawtooth in the lineup

Seattle Times – Wine AdviserPaul Gregutt

Although California makes 10 times as much wine as all other states combined, Wine Adviser Paul Gregutt believes it is Washington (and in some instances, Oregon) that offers the widest variety of value wines.

Recommended (Precept):

Washington Hills 2011 Late Harvest Moscato; $10 – Pick of the week: With the surging consumer interest in Moscato, this lovely wine should find a lot of admirers. Delicate orange-blossom scents roll into flavors of pink grapefruit, lemon rind and rose petals. Sweet enough for dessert, but not too sweet for spicy entrees. (Distributed by Southern)

Washington Hills 2011 Riesling; $10. Arresting scents of jasmine tea and honeysuckle give this an enticing floral character.

Sawtooth 2011 Riesling; $11. An Idaho wine, spicy and substantial, with apple and melon fruit, and hints of clove and ginger.

Waterbrook 2011 Sauvignon Blanc; $12. Bright, spicy, pungent scents of new-mown lawn, herb, pine needle, citrus and melon mark this fresh, clean, textural wine.

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