The next review for Washington Wine Country Jerky will be on a 4 ounce/113 gram bag of their Hot Cabernet flavored beef jerky. Their jerky is advertised as being naturally smoked for a unique West Coast flavor. This bag was kindly submitted for review by the owner, Glenn Loehr.
This Washington Wine Country Jerky brand is distributed by GJ Products. They are located in Clackamas, Oregon, and this jerky brand was launched in 2014. The parent jerky brand, Northwest Bierhaus, also carries Oregon and Washington Wine Country Jerky brands. Their jerky is thick cut with a soft and tender texture, and is marinated in wine or beer. It is advertised to use only natural ingredients, which is true.
The beef used is guaranteed to be ethically raised, meaning free of growth hormones or additional antibiotics. There is no guarantee that the cattle have at least partial free range access to graze on grass. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Very Good (9/10) rating.
The sugar level is respectable at only 2 grams of sugar per 30 grams of jerky. The salt level is high at 420mg of salt per 30 grams of jerky. However, that is negated because Northwest sea salt is used, which is high on minerals and trace minerals.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used is sea salt. Celery powder also acts as a preservative, with its naturally occurring nitrates.
Admirably, there is also no MSG added.
These strips of jerky are mostly traditionally shaped, being narrow and long. As advertised, this jerky does qualify to be thick cut. This jerky does have a soft & tender texture, which is easy to chew despite the thickness. There are almost no signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves a fair amount of oily residue on your fingers.
With an initial strong burst of flavors, a mild level of the Cabernet wine is noticeable. This Cabernet flavor has a dry taste absent of a fruitiness. A mild level of soy blends in nicely. At lighter levels are garlic, salt and black pepper, plus a faint sweetness from the onion.
There is a reasonable level of spiciness that slowly grows as you consume more strips, which can cause some sweat. On a heat scale, it would rate a 2 out of 4, or a 3 out of 5. With little sweetness, a subtle smoked flavor complements the natural beef flavor. Overall, this flavor profile is well balanced, with a very pleasant, favorable flavor.
A 4 ounce/113 gram bag sells online for $11.00. That works out to $2.75 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. There is currently a promotion where if you order 4 bags or more, the shipping is free. Apart from the oily residue, this is a great buy if you enjoy Cabernet wine with a medium level of spiciness.
This narrow, clear plastic bag is not resealable, which is uncommon for a 4 ounce/113 gram bag. Worth noting is that this bag is vacuum sealed, the best way to keep jerky fresh. There is one label affixed to the front, and nothing on the back. There is a drawing of Washington wine country on the label.
Their slogan is “Made with Washington Wines”. The blurb displayed is “Hand-Crafted Beef Jerky Marinated in Washington Wines, Naturally Smoked for a Unique West Coast Flavor”.
There are a few bag categories missing such as allergen alerts, and the bag not being resealable.
Order their jerky online: www.northwestbierhausjerky.com