For the first time in history, a Washington state wine — Columbia Crest 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon — has been named the “No. 1 Wine in the World” by a prestigious wine publication.
Wine Spectator magazine has been ranking the world’s best wines for 21 years; this is the first time one from Washington tops the list.
“This is an historic moment for Columbia Crest and for all wineries in Washington,” said Ted Baseler, president and CEO of Columbia Crest’s parent company, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates of Woodinville.
The magazine’s staff tasted 17,000 wines to come up with the No. 1 choice.
“This wine belongs in the company of the world’s great Cabernets and, with its low price and significant production, earns our 2009 Wine of the Year,” the magazine wrote, adding that 5,000 cases were made and when it was available, cost $27 a bottle. Unfortunately for wine consumers, winery officials say that Columbia Crest 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is completely sold out.