Washington is one of my favorite wine regions because it’s actually comprised of many wine regions. Home to such diverse soils and climate zones, it’s possible to grow almost any grape here—when planted in the right place. That, along with extremely long sunny summer days, creates a perfect setting to make great wines.
Treveri Cellars Sparkling Gewürztraminer NV (Wapato, WA)
Juergen Grieb was trained in Germany, and came to Washington in 1982, where he worked with wine for more than 30 years. In 2010, he opened Treveri Sparkling wine house, Washington’s only winery dedicated to method champagne–produced wines. These are world-class sparklings that have been served at both the White House and James Beard dinners in New York. This one in particular is full of surprises: It’s not too dry but not sweet; it’s tart with minerals, passion fruit, and a minty spice. It will start your Valentine’s Day off right. Under $20.
Thurston Wolfe PGV 2012 (Prosser, WA)
Pinot grigio, viognier, and a touch of orange muscat
Wade Wolfe has been making wine for years. He has a rich background and degrees in enology and grape genetics. For years he worked with Chateau Ste. Michelle and Hogue Cellars. Then in 1987, he started Thurston Wolfe winery with his wife Becky. This award-winning winery has a reputation for fun wines and unique blends using many varietals from multiple vineyards, wowing us with every vintage. PGV is bright with tropical fruit and crisp acids. Try on its own or with fresh seafood. It’s like adding a spritz of lemon to your favorite dish. Under $20.