Six Washington Wines For Spring

March 23, 2016 6:13am

In honor of  Taste Washington Wine Month and also, for the love of wine, we asked both of Green Lake PCC’s Wine and Beer Specialists Stephen Johnson and Benjamin Rodgers about their favorite selections for spring. By day you can find them at PCC Greenlake Aurora and Greenlake Village, helping shoppers as they mull over their wine and beer purchases. But when it comes to spring and Washington State wine, Stephen and Benjamin recommend the following:

  • Lost River Salish Seas White ($14.50): Union of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blac and Pinot Gris. Easy drinking wine with a cool foundation, pairs well with spicy, Thai or Indian foods. “Great Book Club Wine!”
  • Gilbert Cellars Rose of Mourvedre ($15): Fresh and lively, strawberry with hints of Moroccan spices and melon. Pairs nicely with lighter fair such as chicken, pork or “a porch swing on a sunny afternoon.”
  • Lobo Hills Petit Verdot ($30): Rich bouquet of blackberry, molasses, plum and chocolate. Pair with rich meats like Spencer steaks, lamb chops or “deep conversations.”
  • Forty Nights Merlot ($12.50): “Nothing says Washington like the dark, cocoa-dusted fruit of a well-balanced Merlot, and this bottle says it at a price that’s tough to beat!” Robust, but smooth, with generous amounts of dark cherry fruit. Exclusive wine to PCC!
  • Cor Cellars Cabernet Franc ($23): Raspberries, violets, and a whiff of baking spice, this wine is as stunningly delicious as it is elegant. Whether you’re a longtime lover of Cab Franc, or haven’t had the pleasure of an introduction, this wine is sure to delight.
  • Lobo Hills Dry Riesling ($16): “Apricot, lemon rind, spring wildflowers, and honey dance together, and well-balanced acidity brings this wine to a mouth-watering focus.” Gorgeous and dry white wine.

Taste Washington Wine Month is an annual celebration of Washington State’s award winning wine industry. Check out the promotions happening at participating restaurants, wine shops, tasting rooms and hotels. The culmination of Taste Washington Wine Month is Taste Washington – happening over four days, March 31-April 3, 2016. Buy tickets or find a list of participating wineries, restaurants and exhibitors at