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Washington Tasting Room magazine

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Washington Tasting Room is a new print publication dedicated to Washington wine country. The magazine describes itself as a “tour guide to wineries and wine regions, people, restaurants and eateries, accommodations, sightseeing, entertainment, local artists, and will bring you ideas and inspiration for your home.” The first issue was released in the Fall, and the second, Winter issue was recently released.

The first thing one notices about Washington Tasting Room is that it is beautiful in appearance. The magazine features a glossy cover and gorgeous, eye catching photographs throughout. Organizationally, the magazine is composed of a series of articles with event calendar information interspersed between them.

In terms of articles, the magazine features Tour, Taste, Travel, and At Home sections. The Tour section contains articles on wineries and vineyards. The Taste section contains articles on cheeses, restaurants, recipes, and a Sommelier Q&A. The Travel section includes articles about resorts, recreation, and entertainment. The At Home section contains articles on art and other areas of interest. Additionally, the magazine features sections on news and tasting room opening.

One can always tell a lot about a magazine from its advertisements – who are their readers or, in this case, who do they want their readers to be? Advertisements here include those from hotels, transportation services, and, of course, wineries. The magazine seems generally targeted toward wine tourists and is sure to be a tasting room staple. I can imagine seeing a copy on the nightstand of a B&B in wine country.

The choice of devoting a fairly substantial portion of the magazine to food and wine events seems an interesting one, and, again, telling about the overall intention of the magazine. Given that Washington Tasting Room is a quarterly, it can’t provide up-to-the-minute listing of the latest goings on. Rather, these listings focus on various long-scheduled events in Washington wine country making one say “Oh look, there is a winemaker tasting in Bainbridge in February. Let’s go!” Event listings are broken down into regions across the state.

Overall, Washington Tasting Room is an interesting, visually attractive magazine that one can either flip through and find short pieces of information or spend more time with, reading the longer articles if one so wishes. A perfect wine touring companion.

John Vitale serves as Washington Tasting Room’s publisher and editor. Contributors include Linda Hagen Miller, a freelance writer; Steve Roberts, author of the WineTrails book series and websites; Kori Voorhees, editor of Wine Peeps; Jim Tassielli, owner of a consulting firm that works with cheese makers and retailers; David LeClaire, sommelier and founder of Seattle Uncorked; food writer Cynthia Nims; and freelance writer Jill Perillo Clark.

Washington Tasting Room produces four issues annually. Issues are available by subscription ($20 annually) or at various locations such as wineries, restaurants, wine bars, and retailers ($6.95 per issue).

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5 comments

  1. drinknectar Says:
  2. Thanks for reviewing this! I have been trying to find a copy but might have to resort to ordering online. I was excited to see this publication.

    Do you have any experience with Washington Wino magazine? Considering subscription to that one too.

    Josh @nectarwine

     
  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. Will Sean possibly serving as a guest contributor in the future? Just askin.

     
  5. Josh, you can read a writeup I did on WINO about a year back at:

    http://www.wawinereport.com/2008/11/look-at-wino-magazine-six-months-in.html

    Also, you and other Washington wine lovers should check out Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wine. See my post here:

    http://www.wawinereport.com/2009/05/rand-sealeys-review-of-washington-wines.html

    Anon, no plans for this. Blogging keeps me plenty busy!

     
  6. Anonymous Says:
  7. It is exciting to have another high quality magazine for the Washington region. Have you read the Mid-Columbian magazine? It usually has 3 or so wine related articles in the pages as well as a few recipes and other "lifestyle" articles. They use a few different wine article writers but Steve Bjerklie seems to be their main wine corespondent.

    http://mid-columbian.com/

     
  8. Anon, many thanks for pointing out the Mid-Columbian. I will look forward to checking it out.

     

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