• By Patty Hutchens.

Unique Northwest Wine Blends


Treat your palate to a variety of distinct Northwest flavors as you taste your way through some of the unique wines in the following pages. There's so much more to wine than just a red or a white. Next time you have the chance, maybe try choosing a berry blend!

Huckleberry Wine – A native fruit found in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, huckleberries provide a unique and sweet taste to your glass of wine. Pend d’Oreille Winery in Sandpoint, Idaho, takes the natural juices from the huckleberries and blends them with Riesling grapes providing a refreshing wine that has been a popular seller throughout the years. While it has not been produced over the past two vintages due to weather and low-yielding crops, representatives from Pend d’Oreille Winery said they have every intention of resuming production when the weather and crops improve. Until then, be sure to purchase it while you can! Townshend Cellar in Spokane, Washington, also offers a huckleberry brut sparkling wine for those who prefer a little bubbly. If you have not tried huckleberry wine, you will want to be sure and put it on your list.

Raspberry Wine - Olalla Vineyard in Olalla, Washington, grows raspberries, blackberries and marionberries on their estate, allowing them the perfect opportunity to make exquisite fruit wines. They are very popular and tend to sell quickly. Currently, the 2016 raspberry wine, which is a fragrant, subtle, semi-sweet wine with a bit of tartness, is available for a cost of $25 per bottle. Try it as a dessert wine or simply a refreshing beverage on a warm day.

Habanero Wine - Are you one of those people who cannot get enough of hot and spicy foods? While some may prefer a sweet white wine to pair with their zesty foods, others are now turning to habanero wine to add even more spice to their meal. Infused with natural habanero flavors, the heat of the peppers provides the wine with an extra kick, offering an endorphin release unlike any you will get from other wines. If you are looking for that unique tasting wine to go with your next spicy meal, try a glass of habanero wine—and you might want to have a glass of water nearby, just in case!

Pour It Charlie Wine - Awarded the gold medal at the 2015 Tri-Cities Wine Awards, this unique wine by Coyote Canyon Winery in Prosser, Washington, boasts an aroma of chocolate, blackberry and oak. A port wine, it is rich and offers flavors of sweet dark cherries, wood and a baked-pie component. A blend of 50 percent Mourvedre, 38 percent Syrah and 12 percent Graciano, the dessert wine is 17-percent alcohol and is the perfect way to cap off a delicious meal.

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