August 2015

Winners of Seattle Magazine’s 10th Annual Washington Wine Awards

A toast to the finest wines of the year and the passionate people who continue to dazzle our senses

For 10 years now, Seattle magazine has tracked the burgeoning wine scene in Washington with an annual celebration of the best wines, people and places in the industry. When we started, there were seven American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in Washington. Today, there are 13. In 2005, wine grapes were growing on 30,000 acres in the…

Story by Paul Zitarelli; Wine awards produced by Yashar Shayan

2015 Washington Wine Awards Methodology and Tasting Panel

Nominations for this year’s Washington Wine Awards were solicited via survey from a panel of Washington wine and food professionals. The top vote-getters in the wineries, winemaker, vineyard and sommelier categories were selected as winners. The more than 100 wines receiving the most votes in the varietal categories qualified as finalists for a blind tasting,…

Seattle magazine staff

The 2015 Washington Wine-Buying List

All the delicious, award-winning wines you should be buying now

RED WINES  Red Wine of the Year  Winner: Abeja 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $50  Merlot, $20 or less  Winner: Waterbrook 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $15 Finalists: Milbrandt 2012 Traditions Merlot, Columbia ValleyBlackSmith 2012 Merlot, Columbia ValleyThe House of Independent Producers (HIP) 2012 Merlot, Bacchus Vineyard, Columbia Valley  Merlot, $21–$40 Winner: L’Ecole No 41 2012…

Seattle magazine staff

A Look at the Progress Washington’s Wine Industry has Made

Good taste holds up

For our 10th anniversary, we reached out to wineries whose wines had been declared Wine of the Year in our past tastings. We asked them to submit the current vintage, as they define it, of that same wine. A five-person panel tasted these wines openly, as opposed to blind tasting, and discussed what these flagship…

Paul Zitarelli; Wine awards produced by Yashar Shayan

Duwamish Revealed: A Celebration of Seattle’s Only River

The Duwamish gets an arts and culture festival devoted to its revival

Standing in a pretty park on the west bank of the Duwamish River on an unseasonably warm day in June, it’s impossible to ignore a tremendous crashing sound coming from the abutting industrial area. It’s as if iron chains are being tossed into an empty shipping container, or maybe tons of rocks are being poured…

Brangien Davis

11 Perfect Weekend Getaways Near Seattle

From small towns to luxe resorts, trek to these nearby spots to recharge in 48 hours

From farm stays in the San Juan Islands and deluxe pampering at heritage resorts to small-town exploring and more, we pack plenty of pleasure—but zero stress—into your precious weekend. So, get going! 1. Destination: San Juan IslandsIn some hot and humid archipelagos, “island cuisine” is shorthand for frozen fish flown in from far away and…

Nicole Meoli Myles, Ali Brownrigg, Sheila Cain, Danielle Centoni, Jenny Cunningham, Rachel Hart, Allison Scheff, Jess Thomson