Brian Demay’s Wine Wednesday: Revelry Cabernet Sauvignon

Now is a great time, while we’re all stuck inside, to try some new wines! Today, a wine from Revelry Vintners, a relatively new winery founded in 2005 by owner and winemaker, Jared Burns.

Jared’s is an interesting story. He grew up in Washington State, and always loved the wines of the Columbia Valley. Wine was a part of his life from an early age, Jared’s father actually owns a synthetic cork company, so he got the opportunity to taste a lot of different wines growing up. Despite all the variety, though, Jared was Walla Walla all the way:

“For all of the amazing wines – first and second growths, you name it – that I tried growing up, it was Washington wines I was most drawn to. I left Walla Walla after graduating in 2003 and found myself getting more and more curious about the wine industry and making wine. In 2005 I started Revelry with the concept to create varietal wines representative of the quality of wines here in Walla Walla, but to sell them for less than $20. I was 24 at the time and wanted my peers to have access to wines like I did.  It’s been an evolution since that time. We now make 15 different wines ranging from $12 to $60 a bottle.”

Readers of this blog know that is what I strive to do with these reviews; recommend delicious wines that won’t break the bank, so the Revelry mission statement resonates with me.

I picked up a bottle of the 2016 Revelry Cabernet Sauvignon and was immediately struck by the aroma: peach, ginger, and earth, the first two of which are unusual for a Cab. The flavors are more familiar, bing cherry, plum, and blueberry, with a hint of cinnamon and blackberry on the spicy vanilla finish. This wine is a bit of a conundrum, because there’s a lot of flavor, but it’s not heavy, as you’d expect something with this much depth to have. It tastes light, but packs quite a flavorful punch!


On my five-cork scale based on taste and value the 2016 Revelry Cabernet Sauvignon gets four corks. You can find it locally for around $18, and on restaurant wine lists, too.

If you’d like to try interesting wines like this, please join me at our next private wine party! When things settle down again, I will host more monthly wine dinners, and feature several interesting wines, each paired with a delicious course. There are always cool prizes to win, too, so listen Wednesday at 4:15 to win your spot on the guest list, or click here for a chance to win!

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