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The 2017 Washington State Wine Tour Guide is now available. You can read the tour guide online here. Order hard copies of the guide here.

Of note, in this year's guide I wrote the sections Washington Wine Primer, Meet the AVAs, and Walla Walla Valley.

 Enjoy!

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Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for March 2017. 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.

86 wines reviewed in March for Wine Enthusiast (Note: Monthly totals will now be lower than they were previously as reviews are being published every month as opposed to every other).

The reviews include a strong set of wines from Dusted Valley (Dusted Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $42 91 pointsDusted Valley 2013 Wallywood Red Blend Columbia Valley $4292 pointsDusted Valley 2014 Tall Tales Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $6092 points).

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from March 1st to 7th 2017. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Wine Enthusiast magazine writes about Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen of W.T. Vintners (article by yours truly).

Boston.com reports that Robert Kraft and Tom Brady celebrated with Drew Bledsoe’s wine.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes about red blends from Washington.

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As expected, 2016 shattered the state’s record for grape production according to numbers released on Wednesday by the Washington Wine Commission. Washington produced 270,000 tons of wine grapes in 2016, easily surpassing the previous record of 227,000 tons set in 2014.

The most shocking growth was in Cabernet Sauvignon, which increased from 47,400 tons in 2015 to a whopping 71,100 tons in 2016. Overall, Cabernet Sauvignon accounted for 26% of the state’s production, an indication that the variety is increasingly seen as a calling card for the state.

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Pic of the Vine - February 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 0 comments

Winter's hand on Washington vineyards is still prevalent. Resident photographer Richard Duval captured this vista of snow and vines at the magnificent Wallula Vineyard, high above the Columbia River just south of Kennewick. Also known as The Benches, this expansive vineyard sources grapes to some of Washington's finest wineries, including Long Shadows and Den Hoed Wine Estates.

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Turning Rocks into Wine

Sunday, February 26, 2017 1 comments

The following is an excerpt from an article in the March 2017 edition of Wine Enthusiast. 

A pioneering French winemaker's discovery of a cobblestone corner of the Walla Walla Valley has yielded wines unlike anywhere else in the world.

Rocks region pioneer Christophe Baron didn’t set out to discover a new wine-growing territory when he first moved to the Walla Walla Valley from his native France in 1993. In fact, he didn’t really look to live in the Walla Walla Valley, which straddles the Oregon-Washington border, at all.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from February 1st to 14th 2017. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

The San Diego Entertainer writes about Washington wine.

Wine Spectator writes about Oregon values. They also write about Tenet Wines. Meanwhile Tim Fish writes about new adventures in Washington and Oregon and the magazine announces that Tim Fish will cover Washington and Oregon.

Buffalo News writes about a wine trip to Walla Walla.

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Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for February 2017. 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.

189 wines reviewed in the February issue of Wine Enthusiast. They start off with a strong series of 2013 vintage wines from Andrew Will (Andrew Will 2013 Sorella Champoux Vineyard Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills $8392 pointsAndrew Will 2013 Esploso Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $6092 pointsAndrew Will 2013 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Blend Red Mountain $6492 pointsAndrew Will 2013 Champoux Vineyard Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills $7492 points).

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The January/February issue of Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine contains two articles I wrote, one a 2016 harvest report for Washington and the other a 2016 harvest report for Oregon. You can read both of these articles here.

Enjoy!

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from January 22nd to 31st 2017. Read previous round-ups here.

From the blogosphere…

Great Northwest Wine writes that wine will be bigger than wheat. They also write about the state of Riesling and a bill that would ease laws on alcohol at movies 

Washington Wine Blog writes about the Rocks District website.

Write for Wine wishes a happy 50th anniversary to Chateau Ste Michelle. Margot also writes about Taste Washington celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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Pic of the Vine - January 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 3 comments

 A tale of two seasons: harvest, a blur of frenzied near non-stop team activity in late summer sun. And winter, a meticulous and somewhat solitary time of vineyard care amidst the blanket of snow that covers Washington vineyards.

Resident photographer Richard Duval matched two scenes – harvest and winter prep – from Lake Chelan’s Hard Row to Hoe with the hard-working Don Phelps who maintains the vineyards for winemaker Judy Phelps.

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December Pic of the Vine 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016 0 comments

Tucked in for the winter, Washington vineyards prepare for the coming season. We will too! Happy 2017 from Washington Wine Report!

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Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for December 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.

** Please note, starting with the February issue Washington scores will be published monthly instead of every other month. **

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

From around the world…

The Toronto Sun writes about Washington wine.

Metro News Canada writes about the 2013 Erath Pinot Noir.

The West Sussex County Times write that Washington wines flow at a Christmas bash.

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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.

Enjoy!

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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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 0 comments

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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