With over 1,700 wineries to choose from in the Pacific Northwest, selecting that perfect bottle can easily feel like an overwhelming task. Thanks to The Seattle Timeswine writer Andy Perdue, however, the job has become much more manageable as he released his top 50 wines within Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia for 2014. Which winery received top honor?
None other than DeLille Cellars! We are privileged to share our Connoisseurs of Life Showroom in Kirkland with Maison DeLille — a wine lounge and retail wine shop operated by these fabulous vintners. They earned first place on Perdue’s list for their 2011 Four Flags cabernet sauvignon. A “blend from four great vineyards on the Red Mountain,” Perdue says he tried it “on four occasions, and it never failed to make a deep impression,” adding that “this just might be DeLille’s finest effort to date – and that’s saying something.”
It certainly is saying something and their level of excellence certainly upholds, as they have been recognized as one of the top five wineries by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in the running for Winery of the Year in 2014. Winners will be announced in a special issue on December 31st, with a black-tie gala in New York City to celebrate in 2015.
Perdue also recently named DeLille Cellars 2013 Chaleur Estate blanc a wine to “impress the in-laws” in the coming holiday season. A season that promises to be merrier given the limited selection of magnums and three litre larger bottles DeLille is offering to make giving the perfect gift a cinch. They’re going fast, though, so head to the Carriage House in Woodinville or their website so you don’t miss out!
Another thing not to be missed in the coming season? The chance to meet winemaker Chris Upchurch at the Carriage House this December. He will be there two Saturdays, the 6th and the 13th, from 2 to 4 pm, where guests can share a glass of red with him and pick his brain about their truly delectable nectar.