Wine Wednesday: William Church Bishop’s Red Blend 2012 ($22)

2012 William Church's Bishop Red Blend (Wine Label) -

This Week In Red Wine: William Church Bishop’s Blend 2012 ($22)

 Bishop’s Blend continues the tradition of offering a blend that has broad appeal with expressive flavors… [making] it a great companion for many types of dishes… this wine [is] smooth and ready to enjoy; a consistent favorite from year to year.” – William Church


Wine Ratings & Awards:

Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2016

Wine Enthusiast – 89 Points – 2012, 2014

Best Wines Under $25 – 2016

Best Red Blends of the Year – 2016

Best Cheap Wines of the Year – 2016


Wine Review

William Church winery is located in northern Woodinville, Washington, also known as the “Warehouse Winery District.” The area is home to the newest and exciting wineries in the Seattle area. Established in 2005, the winery aims to produce wine that is: inviting, approachable, complex, well structured, and great with or without food. The winery has achieved these goals, while producing a variety of highly acclaimed wines, including the 2012 Grenache, #29 on The Seattle Times 50 Best Wines of 2015, and the 2012 Gamache Vineyards Malbec (Double Gold), the 2013 Viognier (Gold), and 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Gold), all winners at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

The 2012 vintage red blend continues the tradition of the highly regarded William Church Bishop’s Blend, a well rounded, full-bodied, red wine. Take in aromas of black cherry, plum and huckleberry mixed with vanilla, baking spices and freshly roasted coffee. On the palate, black cherry, plum, sweet tobacco, and spice are detected with a hint of bramble on the finish; expect bright bold flavors.

With only 400 cases produced and Total Wine selling bottles as low as $15.29, despite a suggested retail price of (only) $25, you’ll want to move quickly to get your hands on a a bottle tonight! For those with an appetite, we recommend TheGrape’s Cuban Lamb Shanks or a lamb curry dish. However, the sun-dried tomato chicken is another appetizing dish. Not in the mood for meat, try the oven risotto with kale pesto it pairs beautifully with this wine.


Wine Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

Wine Grapes: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Malbec 10% Petit Verdot

Style: Full-bodied, Fruity & Smooth

Drinks Like: 2012 Duckhorn Vineyards Decoy Red Wine (28), 2012 Chateau Lilian Ladouys ($30)


Food & Wine Pairings: Cuban Lamb Shanks – Click To View RecipesCuban Lamb Shanks and Cubanisimo Pinot Noir - Red Wine - THEGRAPE

Also try these delicious recipes: Lamb CurrySun-dried Tomato Chicken and Oven Risotto with Kale Pesto.

We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try the food and wine recipe & red blend wine pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!


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Grape Certified Gold

Another great Washington (Columbia Valley) red wine to toast to/with! The 2012 William Church Bishop’s Blend is a concentrated mixture of fruit-forward flavors, including cherry, dark berries, and plum, lead while echoes of vanilla, oak, tobacco and coffee grace the palate. This wine offers a satisfying mixture of flavors with equally pleasing aromas. You’ll enjoy this Grape Certified Gold wine.

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