Best Buys: 15 Northwest wines for $15 or less

By on March 15, 2015
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The Wahluke Slope in Washington state is one of the Columbia Valley's key grape-growing areas.

Workers harvest wine grapes on the western Wahluke Slope in Washington’s Columbia Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Tax day is not too many weeks off, and if the government leaves more moths than cash in your wallet, you’ll be looking for some bargains to fill your cellar. That should not be too difficult with Northwest wine.

In particular, Washington continues to be able to produce high-quality wines for that magical $15-or-under price point. The reasons are many. In particular, Washington’s Columbia Valley has little trouble producing a ripe wine grape crop each year, and some vineyards are designated “production blocks,” meaning they are farmed at higher tonnage for less-expensive wines.

In addition, more than 95 percent of Washington vineyards are harvested by machines, which greatly reduces the cost of bringing in the grapes – and those savings are passed along to the consumer.

Here are 15 wines priced at $15 or under that we’ve tasted in recent weeks.

About Great Northwest Wine

Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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