Showcasing the best of
northwest wines and
the awareness of pacific
northwest wine regions.
Showcasing the best of northwest
wines and the awareness of pacific
northwest wine regions.
Washington's 20 Best Wines Under $30

Washington's 20 Best Wines Under $30

Budget-friendly wine doesn't have to sacrifice flavor or local cred-especially in Washington. These high-quality wines are available around Seattle right now.

1. Two Vintners Syrah Columbia Valley 2014 • $21
You'd swear this outrageously delicious wine cost more than twice the price, between the powerful aromas (sagebrush, herb, blue fruit, and crushed flowers) and layer upon layer of pure flavors.

2. Cadence Coda Red Mountain 2015 • $28
Barrels of declassified wines from Ben Smith's other labels make up this blend, meaning it sees every bit of the love and care of a considerably more expensive bottle; it's reliably one of the state's top values.

3. Les Trouvés Red Blend Columbia Valley 2014 • $25
Avennia's side project buys high-quality wares from other wineries to blend with its own-the results are superb even before you consider the compelling price point.

4. Board Track Racer The Shift Red Blend Columbia Valley 2014 • $28
Though it's labeled simply as a red blend, this wine is almost entirely syrah and brings sweet, saturated black fruit flavors with a rich, hedonistic appeal.

5. Angel Vine The Cluster Fus Red Blend Columbia Valley 2015 • $28
This Oregon-based producer largely dedicates itself to zinfandel, but its blend of mourvèdre, zinfandel, and its Italian cousin, primitivo, is hard to resist, especially the aromas and flavors of raspberry, red plum, and spice.

6. Efeste Final-Final Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Columbia Valley 2013 • $30
The last wine Efeste blends every year (hence the name) is an aromatic wallop of blue and purple fruit, then flavor that's every bit as powerful.

7. Damsel Syrah Columbia Valley 2014 • $28
Darby assistant winemaker Mari Womack's new release is a standout, thanks to fruit from Stillwater Creek vineyard and a bright, fresh palate.

8. Guardian Chalk Line Red Blend Columbia Valley 2014 • $25
Winemaker and policeman Jerry Riener once again overdelivers with this blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and syrah from top sites in Red Mountain and the Columbia Valley.

9. Januik Merlot Columbia Valley 2014 • $25
Few wineries in the state consistently provide as much quality and value; this wine shows aromas and flavors of plum, milk chocolate, and blue fruit.

10. Tenet The Pundit Syrah Columbia Valley 2015 • $25
Chateau Ste. Michelle's partnership with Rhone stars Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie delivers a charm offensive in the form of mountain blueberry, herb, and smoked meat notes.

To see a complete listing of all 20 wines click on the link below.

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