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The Winter issue of Washington Tasting Room magazine has an article I wrote on The Year in Wine 2016. See a list of newsstand locations here.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from November 15th to 30th 2016.

From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes about an Oregon Pinot Noir producer’s transparent pricing.

The Worcester Telegram recommends several Northwest wines for the holidays.

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Pic of the Vine - November 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 0 comments

Harvest is a time of great activity for Washington wineries but for resident photographer Richard Duval, it’s also prime photo time.

“Sean and I spent a day during harvest in the Rattlesnake Hills appellation fully immersed in harvest and crush activities of some great wineries,” he said. “We started the morning at Owen Roe estate vineyard and ended the day at Bonair’s historic Morrison Vineyard, oldest vineyard in Rattlesnake Hills. Harvest is the most colorful time of the year in wine country – grapes turning full color, deep green vines, cooler temperatures mixed with steady sun – all combined for a rich palette and my favorite setting of the season.”

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from November 1st to 14th 2016. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

The Wall Street Journal writes about Oregon winemakers making Chardonnay cool again.

Wine Spectator writes about budget friendly Oregon Pinot Noirs. They also write about ripeness in Oregon Pinot Noir.

The Gainesville Times recommends the Chateau Ste Michelle Gewurztraminer for Thanksgiving.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from October 22nd to 31st. Read previous round-ups here

From around the country…
Wine Spectator writes about Christophe Baron explaining the unique terroir of the Walla Walla Valley.

The San Diego Union Tribune writes about K Vintners.

Wines and Vines writes that Oregon wine grape growers learn to roll with cannabis.

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Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for November 2016. Wines are listed alphabetically by winery. Read additional information on how I review wines here. All of these reviews are freely available on-line at the Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide. There is also a freely available Wine Enthusiast Tasting Guide app. See previous Wine Enthusiast reviews re-published in this space here. Search Wine Enthusiast's on-line database here.

245 Washington wines are reviewed in the November issue of Wine Enthusiast. These include another strong set of releases from Andrew Januik (Andrew Januik 2013 Stone Cairn Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain $40, 90 pointsAndrew Januik 2013 Lady Hawk Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills $50, 91 points).

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Pic of the Vine - October 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1 comments

Harvest season: part choreography, part critical response as winemaking teams throughout the state juggle grape delivery with sorting, crushing and storing. Resident photographer Richard Duval spent weeks on the road from Chelan to the Columbia River Gorge, capturing the frenzy and the joy of harvest.

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Wines of the Month - October 2016

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The following are standout wines from recent tastings.

Aluvé Primo Volo Walla Walla Valley 2012 $48
This is the inaugural release from this winery, and this Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend impresses with aromas and flavors of poblano pepper, spice, vanilla and cherry.

Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard Red Wine Horse Heaven Hills 2013 $74
Merlot and Cabernet Franc make up the bulk of this wine, which displays aromas, and flavors of earth, flowers, black plum, and green herb along with a sense of texture that captivates.

Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine Red Mountain 2013 $64
This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc brings aromas of huckleberry, green herbs and light barrel accents. The flavors are rich and dense with chewy tannins providing support.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from October 15th to 21st. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes that Constellation buys five Charles Smith Wines brands for $120M. They also give a harvest report for Oregon.

Shanken Daily News writes about the Charles Smith sale. Read a follow-up here.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat writes about the Charles Smith sale.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from October 8th to 14th. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes about a new winery at the starting gate in Oregon.

The New York Times writes about putting together the details of Oregon Pinot Noir.

The Wall Street Journal writes about a home above a winery in Lake Chelan.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from October 1st to 7th. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Wine Enthusiast magazine writes about the changing face of Washington Syrah (article by yours truly).

Wine Spectator writes about Jackson Family purchasing Willakenzie Vineyard.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from September 22nd to 30th. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the world…

Torontoist writes about what Ontario wineries can learn from Oregon.

The Yorkshire Post writes about how a winery on a Seattle industrial estate is making a name for itself.

Cayman Compass writes that Oregon wines offer character and distinction.

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We've passed the six week mark on harvest, which began on August 13th with a pick of Sauvignon Blanc at Artz Vineyard in Red Mountain by Woodinville's Auclair Winery. Below is a look at harvest based on what has been picked when and where. Many expect harvest to wrap up around the middle of the month, though for some it will surely stretch out until the end of October, weather permitting. Enjoy!


Picture courtesy of Walla Walla Vintners

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from September 15th to 21st. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

The New York Times writes about Oregon Pinot Noir.

At Business Insider, Deb Hatcher of A to Z Wine Works says you’re serving your reds and whites at the wrong temperatures.

D Magazine writes about Riesling.

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Seattle Metropolitan's Top 100 Washington wines, authored by yours truly, is now available on-line. You can read the introduction here. The list is broken down into various sub-lists as shown below. Enjoy!

Top 10 Washington Wines of 2016
Top Syrah
Top Bordeaux-style Blends
Top Cabernet Sauvignon
Wines with a Sense of Place
Top Red Blends
Top Merlot
Wines from the Wild West
Washington's Best White Wines
Best Value Wines

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from September 8th to 14th. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the world…

The Drinks Business gives some pictures from harvest in Oregon.


From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes about Walla Walla.

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The October issue of Seattle Metropolitan magazine contains this year's Top 100 Washington wines by yours truly. The issue is on newsstands now.

Enjoy!

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Wines of the Month - August 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016 0 comments

The following are some of the standout wines from recent tastings.

Airfield Estates Red Wine Yakima Valley 2014 $18
This month’s wines include some terrific values, including this Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot dominant blend. Oak spice, cherry, and herb aromas lead to bountiful fruit flavors, with the barrel influence at times playing prominently.

L’Ecole No 41 Frenchtown Red Wine Columbia Valley 2014 $23
L’Ecole has been making this wine for some time but this is the first year when it will be available nationally, A blend of Bordeaux and Rhone varieties, it’s downright delicious, with raspberry, plum, and black fruit flavors.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from September 1st to 7th, 2016. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Wine Enthusiast interviews Michael Savage of Savage Grace (interview by yours truly).

Wine Spectator tastes a 12-year vertical of Quilceda Creek.

Wines and Vines writes that cooler weather promises a photo finish in the Pacific Northwest.

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Old School! Recent print publications

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 0 comments

The October issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine has an interview I conducted with Michael Savage of Savage Grace Wines titled, "Mindful Winemaking in Washington State." You can read the article on-line here.

Enjoy!

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from August 8th to 31st. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the world…

The Yorkshire Post writes about scaling the Pacific heights for a decent bottle of wine.


From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes about the Auction of Washington Wine raising $3M.

The Chicago Tribune gives 12 Oregon Pinots that prove the 50 year experiment paid off.

The Washington Post recommends five wines to beat the heat, with a callout to Barnard Griffin.

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Harvest begins in Washington

Monday, August 15, 2016 0 comments

Harvest has begun in Washington, with Chelan's Karma Vineyards bringing in five tons of Wente clone Chardonnay from French Creek Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. The fruit, which came in on August 15th, will be used for sparkling wine. Landon Sam Keirsey, cellar master at Karma, said that the winery brought in this same fruit on August 17th last year. Sugar was measured on August 12th at 16 to 18 Brix and will be measured again tomorrow at the winery.

Let harvest begin!

Pictures courtesy of Damon LaLonde (left picture) and Landon Sam Kiersey

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Resident photographer Richard Duval captured veraison at Hightower Vineyard on Red Mountain earlier this month. “If bud break is the starting gun of the race to harvest, then surely veraison – the change of grape color that signifies ripening – is the beginning of the bell lap towards full fruit,” he noted. “Harvest is coming and that means your favorite wineries will gear up soon for grapes arriving on the crush pad - the colorful, chaotic finale of the wine season.” Stay tuned.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from August 1st to 7th. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Greenville News writes about Columbia Winery.


From the blogosphere…

Great Northwest Wine writes about Red Mountain. They also write about Chateau Ste Michelle focusing on aged Riesling, a wild fire barely missing DavenLore Winery, and DANCIN Vineyards.

Washington Wine Blog writes about Alexandria Nicole.

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Wines of the Month – July 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 0 comments

The following are some of the standout wines from recent tastings.

Adams Bench Cabernet Sauvignon Stillwater Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2013 $70
Adams Bench has made a name for itself on the strength of its Cabernet and this is an impressive addition to the lineup, full of rich black fruit flavors and firm, chewy tannins.

Angel Vine Zinfandel Alder Ridge Vineyard Columbia Valley 2012 $24
Angel Vine focuses largely on Zinfandel and Primitivo and crafts some of the most compelling versions of these varieties the state has to offer. Raspberry and cranberry aromas lead to tart, broad fruit flavors that show a fine sense of balance.

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