Though we are still in the final throes of winter’s clutches, we begin to think about spring and the renewal of life that it brings forth.
We also think about getting out of the house and stocking up the cellar. But knowing that tax day is on the not-too-distant horizon, we still need to keep our budget in mind, so we focus this column on value wines.
In the past several years, the Northwest has honed its reputation on being a premium winemaking region, and that means many of the bargains we once were able to find have begun to slip away. Yet red, white and pink wines still can be discovered for $15 or less.
As we look down the list of bargains, invariably two wine producers stand out: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Precept Wine, both in the greater Seattle area. Ste. Michelle runs such wineries as Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, 14 Hands and Snoqualmie — all labels that have wines that fit nicely in our budget. Precept, meanwhile, owns such brands as Waterbrook, Washington Hills, House Wine and Canoe Ridge Vineyard. And it isn’t above creating labels for special occasions.
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But they aren’t the only ones crafting bargains. Here are a few delicious and inexpensive reds we’ve tasted in recent weeks.