For a fun weekend getaway, wine tasting is always a great go-to. And with the adorable Bavarian town under 3 hours away, complete with a plethora of Washington grown wines, Leavenworth has been a favorite destination for Seattleites for years. I took on the daunting challenge of trying a multitude of reds and deciphering my favs.
Villa Monaco's 2012 Ruthie's Reserve ($24 per bottle):Named after Owner's Michael Monaco's mother, who enjoys a glass of wine daily, this delicious red is a perfect food wine. Inspired by the classic wines of Bordeaux France, this blend pairs deliciously with anything!
Plain Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon ($35 per bottle):Only being open for two years, Plain Cellars Cab has already found itself on the Seattle Times top 50 wines list. Smooth, bold, with hints of coffee, this was by far my favorite out of the handful I tried.
WineGirl Wines:Not sure if it was the Christmas tree made of wine bottles, or fun girly decorations, but WineGirl Wines was where I enjoyed the majority of my time. Hard to say if it was the amount of time I'd been tasting, but each wine I tasted at WineGirl, I fell in love with. Which is why I had to pick two from this winery to add to my favorites.
- 2011 Kamari Reserve Pinot Noir ($30):This Pinot is the first I tried at this location and the first bottle I bought. With notes of dark cacao, black cherry, and vanilla bean, this is WineGirl's most versatile red that pairs with almost everything, and great by itself.
- 2012 Fira Fire Starter Red Blend($40):40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Malbec. Made with the grapes that survived THREE fires of 2012, you can literally taste the smokey notes from the neighboring blazes and it's AMAZING. That unique taste makes this wine incredibly popular with it's notes of smoky cherry, tea leaf, and currant.
Pasek Cellars Wine Slushy:The best way to describe this is hands down DELICIOUS. Imagine the best snow cone you've ever had, then add rich blackberries and alcohol! With the pre-packaged Vino Slush and blackberry wine, you'll have a gallon of slushy greatness to share (or not). The staff also recommends adding tequila for a margarita feel. I could drink this every day in the summer.