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Washington Wine Report is an independent publication focused on bringing Northwest wine to you and bringing you to Northwest wine. Our goal is:
  • To help you select Pacific Northwest wines at a variety of price levels
  • To keep you up-to-date about the Northwest’s wineries, vineyards, and individuals
  • To help you plan trips to wine country
  • To connect you to the larger wine community

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Fresh Sheet July 30th 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 0 comments

Today's Fresh Sheet – reviews of new and recent releases – includes wines from AvenniaWilliam Church WineryMatthewsTenor WinesTwo VintnersCovington CellarsRenegade Wine Co. & Modern Wine Project, Palencia Wine CompanySol Stone, and Native Sun.

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July Pic of the Vine

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 0 comments

In eastern Washington, flowers and vines are showing off their summer colors.

“You’ll often see beds of flowers at the end of vineyard rows," said resident photographer Richard Duval. "It’s not just for the aesthetic appeal - though that certainly is pronounced. Plants also act as insectaries which can improve biodiversity and aid in pest management. Visiting Tapteil Winery, I captured a hard working rose garden and lavender bed that rings this beautiful Red Mountain vineyard.”

See previous Pic of the Vine images here.

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

From around the country...

The San Jose Mercury News writes about Red Mountain reds.

The Lowell Sun writes that Bledsoe's on the mark with Doubleback.

The Lima News (Ohio) writes about the Walla Walla Valley.

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The July Virtual Tasting is tonight! The wine is the 2013 Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Pinot Gris. This wine retails for $13 and is widely available. The tasting will take place from 7-8pm Pacific tonight, Wednesday July 23rd.

What you need to do to participate is:

1. Buy this month’s wine from the winery or a local retailer (see below)

2. Tweet your comments about the wine on Twitter between 7 and 8pm Pacific on the specified date using the hashtag #Milbrandt. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.


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

From around the country…

Time writes that Washington state wine is the new Bordeaux.

Wine Spectator writes about the purchase of Wines of Substance by Charles Smith. They also write about Massachusetts passing a direct shipping law with a push from Drew Bledsoe (Doubleback).

Wine Enthusiast writes about falling in love with wine.

The Chicago Tribune writes about Washington wine.

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Veraison in eastern Washington

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 0 comments

Veraison - the changing of color of the grapes - is underway in eastern Washington. This picture from Lacey Lybeck (@LaceyLybeck) shows veraison in Malbec at Milbrandt Vineyards' Clifton Hills Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. Lybeck also noted veraison occurring in Merlot at both Clifton Bluffs and Clifton Hills.

Meanwhile in the Yakima Valley, Dustin Tobin, General Manager at Arthur Den Hoed Farms, noted that veraison was occurring in Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Malbec as of July 15th.

As always, veraison can only mean one thing - that harvest is right around the corner. While there is still a lot of growing season left, 2014 is currently shaping up to be another warm year, tracking closely to 2013 numbers in terms of Growing Degree Days (see WSU's Growing Degree Day chart). Most markers of the growing season have been tracking considerably ahead of historical averages throughout the year. As always though, the story in Washington gets written in September and October - at least in terms of red wines. Stay tuned.

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The July Virtual Tasting wine is the 2013 Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Pinot Gris. This wine retails for $13 and is widely available. The tasting will take place on Wednesday July 23rd (Please note, this is a week earlier than our typical tastings).

What you need to do to participate is:

1. Buy this month’s wine from the winery or a local retailer (see below)

2. Tweet your comments about the wine on Twitter between 7 and 8pm Pacific on the specified date using the hashtag #Milbrandt. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

To make it more convenient for people to purchase the wines used in our Virtual Tastings, we are teaming up with a locally run, on-line wine shop, ImpulseWine.com. Instead of having to search for

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Tasting Note Database Updated

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 0 comments

The Tasting Note Database has been updated to the current date. See the database here. Read an explanation of the fields here.

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I am honored and humbled to announce that Washington Wine Report won 'Best Single Subject Blog' at the Wine Blog Awards this past weekend - the second consecutive year it has received this accolade. It was a great group of finalists this year that included Señorita VinoThe Wine BarNew York Cork Report, and On the wine trail in Italy. I encourage you all to check out these sites.

This has not been the easiest of years as I try to maintain this site and earn a living writing about wine. I have not been nearly as successful at either as I might like! But I will keep trying, and I sincerely appreciate everyone's support.

To the judges and the individuals who voted for this site this year, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. To all, I will continue to try to shine a light on what is going on here in the Northwest in the months and years to come. Thank you all so much for following along.

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

From around the world…

Hindustan Times writes that Oregon is only hours from Napa Valley but a world away.


From around the country...

The Philadephia Inquirer writes that for picnics, Merlot is the way to go.

Communities Digital News writes that Yakima has a cornucopia of good wine.

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The July/August issue of Edible Seattle has an article I wrote on Washington rosé titled, "Summer in a Glass." See a list of newsstand locations here or subscribe here. Additionally the July/August issue of Vineyard & Winery Management has an article I wrote titled, "Oregon Winegrowers Combat Herbicide Drift." Find information about subscriptions here.

See a list of previous publications (most with links/downloads).

Enjoy!

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

From around the world…

Harper’s Wine & Spirit Trade Review writes that Jackson Family expands its Oregon holdings.


From around the country...

The Washington Post writes about American Riesling: 5 great bottles to try. They also write that U.S. Riesling production ranks second worldwide.

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Well folks, the Fourth of July is almost upon us, and with summer now firmly in hand, let’s take a look at the 2013 rosé vintage.

As you will recall, 2013 was a warmer year here in the Northwest with a dramatic cool down in the second half of September (read a harvest report from Vineyard & Winery Management). In terms of the rosés, many of them have a bigger, riper style that is reflective of this warmth. Some producers were able to hold on to the acidity in the wines. Others were less successful in this regard (I’ve found the latter to be especially true in some of the whites that have been released thus far; more on that later). Overall though, there are plenty of enjoyable wines to go around at a variety of price points.

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The June Virtual Tasting is tonight! The wine is the 2012 A to Z Oregon Chardonnay - our first foray into Oregon. This wine retails for $14 and is widely available. The tasting will take place tonight (Monday June 30th) from 7-8pm Pacific.

What you need to do to participate is:

1. Buy this month’s wine from the winery or a local retailer (see below)

2. Tweet your comments about the wine on Twitter between 7 and 8pm Pacific on the specified date using the hashtag #AtoZwine. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.


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

From around the country...

Forbes Magazine writes about Maryhill.

The Washington Post writes about Riesling, way beyond sweet.

The Northwest Herald writes that temperature shifts help balance Washington wine.

Wine Spectator writes about A to Z becoming a B Corp. Harvey Steiman writes about Washington’s 2011 reds testing theories of ripeness.

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June's Pic of the Vine is a fresh look at a favorite locale of resident photographer Richard Duval. "Though we often cover the same events, Sean and I seldom find ourselves next to one another," noted Duval. "But this past week, we both participated in the media tour for Celebrate Walla Walla, which included a morning visit to the Upper Mill Creek vineyards of Walla Walla VintnersFIGGINS, and Yellowbird. One look at this rich view from Yellowbird - surely one of the best views in the Walla Walla Valley - and we quickly agreed that it was custom made for this month's selection."

Click on the picture for a larger image.

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Reminder, last day to vote on the Wine Blog Awards where Washington Wine Report is a finalist for 'Best Single Subject Wine Blog.' Vote here (Hint: click on the big, red 'Vote!' button). 

The June Virtual Tasting wine is the 2012 A to Z Oregon Chardonnay - our first foray into Oregon. This wine retails for $14 and is widely available. The tasting will take place on Monday June 30th from 7-8pm Pacific.

What you need to do to participate is:

1. Buy this month’s wine from the winery or a local retailer (see below)

2. Tweet your comments about the wine on Twitter between 7 and 8pm Pacific on the specified date using the hashtag #AtoZwine. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

To make it more convenient for people to purchase the wines used in our Virtual Tastings, we are teaming up with a locally run, on-line wine

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A reminder that voting continues for the Wine Blog Awards where Washington Wine Report is a finalist for 'Best Single Subject Wine Blog.' Please vote! 

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

From around the world...

Harpers Wine & Spirit Trade Review writes that Oregon wineries boost profile through direct sales.

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The Summer edition of Washington Tasting Room magazine has an article I wrote on L'Ecole No 41 titled, "New Heights in the Walla Walla Appellation." See a list of newsstand locations here.

See a list of previous publications (most with links/downloads).

Enjoy!

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Reminder to vote for Washington Wine Report for 'Best Single Subject Wine Blog' at the Wine Blog Awards. To do so, click on the big red 'Vote' button found here. Voting continues until June 19th. 

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

From around the country...

The Wall Street Journal writes about the best of Washington wines (video). They also take a look inside Washington state's Warehouse Wineries.

The Napa Valley Register writes about Pritchard Hill winemaker Todd Alexander heading north to Force Majeure.

Men's Journal writes about the rise of Oregon's canned wine empire.

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I am humbled to announce that Washington Wine Report is again among the finalists for ‘Best Single Subject Wine Blog’ at the Wine Blog Awards. This is the fourth year in the last five that the site has been a finalist in this category, winning the honor for the first time last year.

There is an excellent group of finalists in this category this year that includes Señorita VinoThe Wine BarNew York Cork Report, On the wine trail in Italy, and this site. The finalists are selected by a group of judges, the winner by a combination of public vote (50%) and judges’ votes. While personally, I feel that some of my fellow finalists have outshined this space in the last year, I encourage you to vote for whomever you wish. You can do so at wineblogawards.org by clicking on the large red ‘Vote!’ button. Voting continues until June 19th at 11:59pm…somewhere.

I would also like to note that fellow Washingtonian Jameson Fink of Wine Without Worry is a finalist for ‘Best Writing on a Wine Blog.’ He is more than deserving of your vote, and if you are not already following his writing, you should be! My congratulations to him and to the other finalists this year.

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Catching up, a round-up of stories on Northwest wine from May 22nd to May 31st.  Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country...

San Luis Obispo Tribune writes that Syrah puts down roots in Washington state.

Stark Insider writes that one in ten west coast wineries are likely to sell in the next ten years.

Wine Spectator writes about Archery Summit bringing in a new team.

Parade names the Waters Winery 2012 Forgotten Hills Syrah as its wine of the week.

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Bloom in eastern Washington

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 1 comments

Bloom is occurring in eastern Washington as evidenced by this picture of Cabernet Sauvignon from Double Canyon Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills, courtesy of vineyard manager William Beightol. Beightol said that the bloom date was tracking ahead of historical averages.

"It seems to be a very rapid entry into bloom and some great weather this week," he said. "Hopefully, we will see little or no wind or rain." Some vineyard managers in other areas of the Columbia Valley have noted that their sites are approximately seven to ten days ahead of historical averages at present.

Click on the picture to see a larger image. See a chart of Washington's 2014 Growing Degree Days.

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

From around the country...

The San Francisco Chronicle writes about Analemma (highly recommend checking this winery out).

The San Jose Mercury News writes about Washington's Syrahs.

The Tampa Bay Times writes about the Chehalem ‘Inox’ Chardonnay.

Forbes asks whether Chardonnay is Oregon’s next big thing (Answer: yes).

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The May Virtual Tasting is tonight! The wine is the L'Ecole No 41 2013 Columbia Valley Chenin Blanc. This wine retails for $14 and is fairly widely available.

What you need to do to participate is:

1. Buy this month’s wine from the winery or a local retailer

2. Tweet your comments about the wine on Twitter between 7 and 8pm Pacific tonight (May 28th) using the hashtag #lecole41. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

Join us!


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