Springtime finds from Washington

Red Mountain vines just budding out in spring

Wines that will make you want to kick off your shoes and dance in the spring sun. Above, vines on Red Mountain just beginning to leaf out.

‘Does a wine have to be ageable to be great?’ Elaine Chukan Brown recently asked me.

What in the world is the answer to that question?

The way that wines are scored suggests that for a wine to be considered truly ‘great’, it does have to have aged well or have perceived potential for ageing. In some sense, this is fair. Beethoven’s music isn’t considered great because he made people want to dance...