Washington winemaker launches state’s first ‘Euro-blend’ winery

American winemaker Brian Carter has launched Washington State's first winery to focus exclusively on hand-crafted European-style blended wines.

Brian Carter Cellars will release four red blends consisting of two Bordeaux-style blends, a Rhône blend, a Super Tuscan blend and a white wine blend.

Carter told decanter.com that increasing interest in blended wines in the United States and the recent success of certain grape varieties – including Petit Verdot and Sangiovese – in Washington were motivating factors behind the launch.

The collection includes the 2002 Tuttorosso, 2000 Solesce, 2002 L’Etalon, 2004 Oriana, and the 2002 Byzance.

The winery is expected to produce a limited number of approximately 7000 cases annually.

Written by Emmet Cole