Purchased from the D’s Wicked Cider Tasting Room in Kennewick, WA, $20
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Aaron: This is a great bottle with blueberries and burnt tobacco. The super fruity flavor featured cherries and vanilla with lots of red fruits. This is easy drinking with a smooth finish and all around excellent. 91 points
Teri: When walking into D’s Wicket Cider Tasting Room I had no idea the company made more than just Cider. I was pleasantly surprised by this red blend under their current label “Sun River Vintners.” The nose carries smells of black cherries and raspberries. There are noticeable tannins which are semi-chalky but mostly smooth. The flavor is hearty and full of tobacco, red fruits, leather, and pepper. This bottle would stand up to hearty meals as a beautiful complement. 88 points
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Aaron: Red apple and palm trees cloud the nose and this is a little on the tart side but not bitter. It’s more to say it’s not sweet. I like that this is an easy-to-drink sparkling which can stand up to food and be enjoyed at any time. 89 points
Teri: Full disclaimer, I’m part of the “bubble club” for Treveri. Everything they make is high quality and a fantastic value (a few of their wines are even served at the White House). Their Blanc de Noir carries a nose of rose petals and raisins with flavors of orange peel, red apple, and floral undertones. This bottle is excellent on a warm day or to break out for a celebration (even the small ones). Not too sweet and not too dry, the Goldilocks of Brut sparkling wines. 91 points
Purchased from the Willow Crest Tasting Room, $15
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Total Wine & More, $12.29
Aaron: This is really fruity. Pineapple, white raspberries, just generally pleasant nose. The flavor is a little sweeter with honeysuckle and some orange-lemon citrus. The flavor is crisp and clean but with a very acidic, alcohol flavor on the finish. 90 points
Teri: Fruity nose, good body, and ample stone fruits on the body of the wine. I tasted papaya, lemon, pineapple and a hint of sweet banana. Refreshing and full bodied with nice acidity on the finish. 91 points Perfect to pair with a hot day outside!
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World Market, $8.99
Aaron: Honey … lots of honey. Plus some lemon and other citrus flavors. This was definitely not as sweet as the smell, more like zucchini doused in citrus juice. Frankly, there wasn’t much going on and this wasn’t great. I’m hoping some of the other World Market brand wines will be better. 86 points.
Teri: This riesling has a light honeysuckle nose with flavors of lemon-honey, apricot, and a little melon. It is on the sweeter side but not too sweet. It would pair well with spicy or Chinese food and is very easy to drink. Great bottle for new wine drinkers or to enjoy with a variety of meals. 89 points for an easy versatile go-to wine.
Purchased from Genoa Cellars Tasting Room in Woodinville, WA, $35
Aaron: I really enjoyed this. There’s a powerful smell of damp berries and leather. The full flavor matches the strength of the nose with lingering tannins. Lots of oak and big juicy red berries dance with a hint of mushroom in the background making this a fun journey. 91 points.
Teri: Warm and spicy oak on the nose with flavors of plum, sweet oak (on the finish), vanilla and tart cherry. There are noticeable tannins but they give good structure to the wine. Complex and hearty. 90 points. Overall, I enjoyed most of the wines from this winery. We will go back!