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  • 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
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2011 Corked Counter Update

Friday, February 25, 2011 10 comments

After starting off 2011 with a corked wine, I decided to keep a tally of the number of corked wines I have this year (see the original post regarding this here). To try to make the count as accurate as possible I have: only included wines that I have personally checked to see whether they were corked, meaning that they hadn't already been screened; and only included wines that used cork as a closure, excluding synthetic corks, glass stoppers, and screwcaps.

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February's Virtual Tasting is TONIGHT from 7-8pm Pacific Time. Read more about it here.

A round-up of stories on Washington wine from February 15th to 21st. See previous round-ups here.


From around the country…


Wine Business.com writes about the 2010 growing season in Washington.

The San Francisco Chronicle recommends Northwest Chardonnay.

Knoxnews.com writes about blends to watch for, with a callout to the 2008 Hedges CMS Red.

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Reminder February's Virtual Tasting takes places this Thursday from 7-8pm Pacific Time. Read more about it here.

A visit to Woodinville’s JM Cellars is nothing short of transformative. Though located a mere twenty minutes from the bustle of Seattle, it seems like a world apart.

The seven-acre property – called Bramble Bump – is breathtaking and is easily one of the most beautiful spots in Washington wine country. The area is thickly wooded with a ravine running down one side of the property and springs feeding a nearby stream. Wildlife is resplendent in the area.

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Reminder February's Virtual Tasting takes places this Thursday from 7-8pm Pacific Time. Read more about it here.

In the last several months the Seattle wine scene has been getting a makeover. While Woodinville has long been the center of attention in the area for wine, recently various new tasting rooms, wineries, and other businesses have opened up in Seattle giving consumers a number of new alternatives in the city.

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Reminder February's Virtual Tasting takes places this Thursday from 7-8pm Pacific Time. Read more about it here.

Despite the Washington wine industry’s continual growth, it remains an unusually small community. Spokane’s flagship Barrister Winery is further proof that there is never more than two to three degrees of separation between any two wineries in the state.

Our story begins when Greg Lipsker was attending Gonzaga University in Spokane. There he would receive both his B.A. and M.B.A. before going on to study law at Georgetown University. While Lipsker was at Gonzaga, Myles Anderson – now co-owner of Walla Walla Vintners – was Dean of Students.

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A round-up of stories on Washington wine from February 8th to 14th. See previous round-ups here.

From around the country…


Wine Business.com writes asbout Precept acquiring Canoe Ridge and Sagelands.

Wines & Vines discusses wine myths from last week’s Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers conference. They also write about the growing Washington wine industry.

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Taste Washington! Seattle 2011 Cometh

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 2 comments

Okay Washington wine fans, it's that time of year again - Christmas in March as I like to call it. Taste Washington! Seattle is coming up March 26th and 27th. Taste Washington! has the largest selection of Washington wine at a single event and is the premier event of the year.

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Fresh Sheet February 15th 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 1 comments








Today’s Fresh Sheet – new and recent Washington wine releases – contains wines from Sparkman Cellars, Mark Ryan Winery, Ross Andrew Winery, SuLei Cellars, and Whitestone Winery.

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February's Five Wines Under $15

Monday, February 14, 2011 2 comments







A special Valentine's Day Five Under $15 because in tough times, we continue the search for good, inexpensive wines.

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A roundup of stories on Washington wine from February 1st to 7th. See previous round-ups here.

From around the country…


The San Angelo Standard Times looks for Washington’s best wine vines.

Wine Spectator writes about the Waterbrook 2007 Reserve Merlot.

Bloomberg Business Week writes about the Abeja Chardonnay.

The Epoch Times writes about food and wine pairing with a callout to the 2007 Doyenne Roussanne.

Sunset Magazine writes about urban wineries with a callout to Seattle’s Bartholomew Winery.

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Fresh Sheet February 9th 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 3 comments








Today’s Fresh Sheet – reviews of new and recent Washington wine releases – includes wines from Olsen Estates, Gilbert Cellars, Silvara Vineyards, Gramercy Cellars, and Waterbrook.

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Last week I wrote about two wineriesSyncline Cellars and Boudreaux Cellars – that are making a mark in two emerging wine regions, the Columbia Gorge and Leavenworth. Today I write about a third winery that is leading the way in Washington’s newest viticultural area – Lake Chelan.

Nefarious Cellars is the work of the husband and wife team Dean and Heather Neff. The Neffs grew up in Washington’s Methow Valley. Though their families had adjoining properties and they knew each other, it wasn’t until a mutual friend set them up that they began dating.

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February's Virtual Tasting will be the 2008 Columbia Crest H3 Merlot. This wine retails for $15 and is widely available. The tasting will take place on Thursday February 24th from 7-8pm Pacific Time.

What you need to do to participate is:

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

2. Post your comments/tweets on the wine between 7 and 8pm. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport. I will be using the hashtag #cch3 during the event.

Hope you will join us!

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A round-up of stories on Washington wine. See previous round-ups here.

The top story this last week was the closing of two wineries. Wine Press Northwest writes about the closing of Olsen Estates and the bank seizing Whitman Cellars. See additional posts on these events by others below.


From around the country…


Wine Spectator compares cabernets from Washington (Note: May require subscription).

The Fall River Herald News says go west for great wines, with callouts to Owen Roe and Corvidae.

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Fresh Sheet February 2nd 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 2 comments






Today’s Fresh Sheet – reviews of new and recent Washington wine releases – includes wines from Syncline Wine Cellars and Boudreaux Cellars.

With the exception of Woodinville - which is located about 20 minutes from Seattle - most of Washington wine country is located two or more hours from a major metropolitan area. Until recently when areas such as the Walla Walla Valley have gained national cachet, this has made it more difficult to drive enough tourism to allow large numbers of wineries to prosper and amenities to grow around them.

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Rulo Winery - A labor of love

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 6 comments

The husband and wife team of Kurt and Vicki Schlicker started Rulo Winery in 2000. That year, the Schlickers made 300 cases of wine and purchased a small plot of land south of downtown Walla Walla. The winery – a modest facility focused on production – was built at this site the following year.

The Schlickers came to the world of wine via medicine. Winemaker Kurt Schlicker holds a Bachelors of Science in Medical Microbiology from Stanford and a medical degree from the University of Washington. Vicki Schlicker received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kent State University.

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