Patterson Cellars is located in the remodeled Chevron gas station (now called “The Station”) in the Tourist District of Woodinville. John Patterson, who has been in the wine making business for over 20 years, owns this venture with his father Jack.
John started out working for Quilceda Creek, one of Washington’s premium wineries, and in 2000 started doing his own production in Monroe under the name of Washington Wine Company. Washington Wine had their first release in 2003, and the Patterson Cellars label and winery was started in 2005.
The tasting room in this newly renovated facility was well appointed but at the same time simple in décor, which is perfect for wine tasting and mingling with friends. The floors are concrete and garage doors open to the outside area. The building has been enhanced with exterior stone cladding, and a water feature greets you at the main roundabout.
An exterior deck makes for an inviting space on a nice day where they have plenty of extra seating.
We had a chance to try several varieties of their self described “New World” wines. The term New World wine is used quite literally to describe wines coming from New World wine producing countries, such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, South Africa or Argentina.
New World wines are typically more “fruity” (or fruit forward) and in general more varietal driven. Jarod, who happened to serve us this day, helped us through the tasting giving us background and tasting notes on each wine we tried.
The 2011 Forbidden White was a very good blend of several grapes, including Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Voignier. It was one of those whites that the longer you try it the more you like it. Our favorite red was the 2008 BDX, Bordeaux Blend, with a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc and 11% Merlot, all from the Columbia Valley. It had a deep red color with hints of eucalyptus, wild violets, Asian spice and boysenberry on the nose. The longer we let it sit in our glasses, the better it tasted (of course that could have been the great atmosphere affecting our experience as well).
One thing we learned about Patterson is that they have always integrated their customers into the details. Wine club members and regulars play a big role in this business from helping in the design of the tasting room to assisting in the wine making process. If you are interested in being a volunteer and crushing a few grapes, Patterson may be the winery for you. Expect to have fun and get dirty.
Patterson Cellars had a wide variety of wine to taste, ranging from white blends to Rose to big bold reds. Most of their whites range from $13 to $20 and the red from $15-32. You can visit tasting room daily from 12-5 at 14505 148th Ave. NE, Woodinville.