Every QFC has a wine and adult beverage section and depending on the size of the store most offer a special Cellar room with a terrific and diverse selection of top tier wines. Aisle of wines are designated by region from just about every country that makes wine. At the QFC Advantage Lounge at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience, knowledgeable wine stewards stand at the ready to pour a selection of more than a dozen hand selected reserve quality wines.
For starters four wineries, all part of the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ collection of distinctive wine estates, will be featured at the February 22nd tasting. This collection of estate wineries produce among the best wines in the world that are crafted with a dedication to uniqueness. They have distinctive growing conditions and distinct winemaking practices that imparts extraordinary character in the wines.
Erath Winery’s founder, Dick Erath, was part of the mid 1960’s migration of winemakers from California to the Dundee Hills of Oregon. Of all the varieties planted, Pinot Noir flourished, and Erath Winery is noted for this special varietal that is authentic and uniquely Oregon. The light, delicate and fruit-forward Oregon pinot from Erath receive honors every vintage ranging from 90+ points to “Top 100”.
Spring Valley Vineyards’ roots are traced back to Walla Walla in the mid 1800’s when the current vineyard owner, Shari Corkrum Derby’s grandfather first started farming. When paired with a winemaker, Serge Laville, who grew up in France’s Northern Cote du Rhone it was kismet that 90+ point acclaim would follow.
Northstar’s winemaker, David “Merf” Merfeld, claims that Washington is the best growing region in the world for Merlot. The soil and climate enable him to create a wine parfait of sorts, wines with layers of flavors the are balanced with have a long finish. “Merf” captures fruit from Washington’s premier regions – Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Wahluke Slope, Horse Heaven Hills – for his critically acclaimed wines.
Col Solare is the “love child” of two influential wine producers – Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori and Washington’s Chateau Ste. Michelle. From 1995 Col Solare has united the two unique viticulture and winemaking cultures to bring world-class Cabernet Sauvignon-dominate red wine created using fruit from Washington’s Red Mountain.
The result has been a limited release wine with old-world character and structure that has garnered attention from Wine Spectator and International Wine Cellar. The 2011 red blend has received 92 points from Wine Advocate
Don’t miss the selections from these four estate wineries at the QFC exhibit during the Seattle Food and Wine Experience.
QFC, originally opened in 1963, is a long-time Northwest favorite upscale market that is now part of Kroger Co. operator of 2,638 stores in 34 states. The Bellevue-based group has 64 stores in the Puget Sound region and in the Portland area.