About (updated March 7, 2013)
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 Northwest wines at a variety of price levels
· To keep you up-to-date about the area's wineries, vineyards, and individuals
· To help you plan trips to wine country
· To connect you to the larger wine community
Founder and Editor
Sean P. Sullivan is the founder of Washington Wine Report, an on-line publication dedicated to the wines and wineries of the Pacific Northwest.
Sullivan moved to Washington in 2000 to pursue a love of mountain climbing. Captivated by the area’s exploding wine scene, in 2005 he began writing wine reviews and distributing them via email before founding Washington Wine Report as an on-line site in 2007. Sullivan is responsible for majority of the writing and all wine reviews on the site.
In addition to his work at Washington Wine Report, Sullivan is a Contributing Editor at Wine Enthusiast magazine covering Canada, Idaho, and a number of Washington and Oregon appellations (see list here). He has written for Seattle Metropolitan, Decanter, Vineyard & Winery Management, Washington State Wine Touring Guide, Edible Seattle, Washington Tasting Room, Wine Press Northwest, and Wine & Jazz (see a list of publications here). Sullivan resides in Seattle, Washington.
Richard Duval - Richard Duval is Washington Wine Report's resident photographer and is also the creator of the monthly 'Pic of the Vine' picture series.
Richard Duval’s world revolves around the three critical Ps – photography, pizza, and piano. Culled from his frequent travels, his wine, scenic and landscape images are found on note cards, galleries, and calendars, and as stock photography. His work is often featured in Washington Tasting Room magazine, the Washington Wine Guide, Nature Photographer, and Northwest Travel Magazine among others and his assignments include Holland America Line, Microsoft and Vermont Life.
Woven into this texture is his endless pursuit of perfecting the art of Neapolitan pizza making by evoking the traditions and practices of old world Naples. In between photo sessions and pizza tossing, Duval's main love is the piano. His CD “Notes to Myself” features his intimate and original musical stories. He lives near Mill Creek with his wife Leslee and Brunello, the wine dog. See his wine work at www.vinelines.com and on Facebook at Duval Images. Follow Duval on Twitter at @vinelinesphotos.
Ryan Messer - Ryan Messer lives in the Yakima Valley and writes about travel and wine tourism in the valley and throughout the state. He was a beer connoisseur in a past life, but is now far more attracted to a grapevine than hop vine. Messer has spent nearly two decades marketing in print, television and the agency world. In addition to Washington Wine Report, Messer has written for the Yakima Herald Republic. Follow Messer on Twitter at @CapitolRyan.
Erika Szymanski - Erika Szymanski was a microbiologist until she decided that writing about science was more fun than doing it. Finishing a Masters in rhetoric and composition at Washington State University, she plans to be in New Zealand next year for a PhD combining her three favorite things – wine, science, and writing – at the Center for Science Communication at the University of Otago.
Background (from the editor)
I began what is now Washington Wine Report in 2005. It started with a series of .pdf reports based on my travels to Walla Walla and other Washington wine regions (I live in Seattle; see an example from 2009 Walla Walla Spring Release here). I always wrote notes when visiting wineries. A friend who traveled with me on one trip asked me to send my notes as he had not taken any. I typed up and sent him my terse notes. He circulated it to a friend - much to my chagrin - who circulated it to a friend, and the whole thing began.
Given that the reports were being circulated, I started putting an increasing amount of time into them. I wrote the reports both to provide information about wines of interest and to give information to those visiting wine country.
After a while I found using a long-form, pdf-style format limiting. I started this space in June of 2007. Part of my interest in doing so was to provide information about wines I was seeing on the shelves that I did not see published reviews on. Over time, this evolved into providing information about Washington as an emerging wine region.
Ethical Standards and Disclosure
It is my goal with Washington Wine Report to provide readers with unbiased wine reviews. While I attempt to avoid conflicts of interest that might impact my ability to do this, I will include relevant information if circumstances arise where conflicts might be perceived.
Wines reviewed include purchased samples, samples provided by wineries, and wines tasted at wineries. Reviews of purchased samples and wines tasted at wineries may, or may not, be published due to time constraints. All samples received by wineries - both solicited and unsolicited - are reviewed and are published regardless of the nature of the review. Information stating that the sample was received from a winery is provided in the post and included in the Tasting Note Database. For information on how to submit samples, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that there is typically a 10-14 week period between submitting samples and the posting of reviews.
I frequently receive industry discounts and press admittance to public, private, and trade tastings. Additionally, when sampling at wineries, I usually have the nominal tasting fees waived. With the exception of tasting fees, if I attend an individual winery event that has an associated cost that is waived, I list this if I review wines from the event. Any other hospitality received beyond that listed above will be explicitly called out in any related article.
· I am not financially associated with any wine retailer or any winery I review.
· Washington Wine Report does not include any advertising.
· I am a member of Amazon.com’s affiliate program and receive a percentage of any direct sales of the Washington wine books listed on the blog.
Tasting Note Database
In the interests of providing greater transparency about the environment wines are reviewed in, for all wines reviewed after January 1, 2010 I provide in a tasting note database information about the setting in which the wines were sampled. Specifically, I list:
· Whether a wine is reviewed in a public or private setting
· If sampled in a private setting, whether the wine was purchased or provided by as a sample
If you have any questions about the information above, please email me at email@example.com.
Page updated January 21st 2013 to include sections on Founder and Contributors.
Page updated February 14th 2013 to include Ryan Messer as a contributor.
Page updated March 7th 2013 to include Erika Szymanski as a contributor.
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