Historically, Belfair has been known for a lot of things but high quality award winning wine has not been one of them. That appears to be changing with the accolades being poured on the local Mosquito Fleet Winery.
The family owned boutique winery is producing 1,000 – 1,200 cases per year out of their 3,000 sq. ft production facility. This small space is making big waves in the Washington wine world.
Last weekend, Andy Perdue and Eric Deagerman of Great Northwest Wines published their annual list of the “Top 50 Wines” of the Northwest. Over the past 11 months they have critiqued over 3,000 wines from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. Mosquito Fleet’s “R34” Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon made the much anticipated list as the #1 Cabernet Sauvignon of the year and the #3 wine overall.
“We couldn’t be much happier. This is a tremendous honor. It’s also a testament to the great growers we work with; you can’t make great wine without great fruit, it all starts in the vineyard.” Said Dr. Brian Petersen, co-owner and winemaker for Mosquito Fleet. “We are elated with this recognition!”
Mosquito Fleet Wines have placed in the “Top 50” several times prior with their top showing in the past placing #23 – twice, with their Syrah and another Cabernet Sauvignon. They also took ‘Best of Show’ and ‘Best Red Wine’ in the 2017 Capital City Food & Wine Fest with their Malbec.
The Mosquito Fleet brand is growing in recognition across the state and the owners feel this latest round of accolades is extra special.
“We are truly dedicated to our philosophy of quality over quantity” Said co-owner Scott Griffin. “It’s nice to see our hard work is paying off and It is gratifying to see the recognition from some of the top wine experts in the Northwest.” He added
The winery has a tasting room in Belfair which is open Saturdays 12-5:00 and Sundays 12-4:00. For further information you can find them online at www.mosquitofleetwinery.com.