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Washington winemakers show creativity with red blends

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As red blends have expanded Washington’s landscape, talented winemakers continue to explore the boundaries — if any — of this style of wine.

Not so many years ago, we mostly saw Bordeaux-style blends that included primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Now we are noticing not only a lot more using Syrah — which adds a certain richness to red wines — but also with many other varieties, including Sangiovese, Mourvèdre, Carménère and Grenache.

Using so many different grapes…

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