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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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In tough times, we continue the search for good, inexpensive wines.

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More pictures, this time from a geology tour of eastern Washington earlier in the week led by Kevin Pogue of Whitman College. Click on the pictures for larger images. The first picture is of the Yakima Valley from Chandler Butte in the Horse Heaven Hills.


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Wine Country Porn from Oregon

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 5 comments

Seattleites, tune in to 1150AM KKNW this Wednesday from 8am-9am when Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery and I will be talking about Washington wine on TableTalk.

Today, just a few pictures from a trip last week to the Willamette Valley. Click on the pictures for larger images.

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Seattlites, tune in to 1150AM KKNW this Wednesday from 8am-9am when Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery and I will be talking about Washington wine on TableTalk.

Taste Washington! is coming up this weekend. Here are some ways to make the most of this year's event.

1. Check out the seminars

There are a series of education seminars Saturday and Sunday morning exploring topics like food and wine pairing; Washington's top vineyard sites; and where Washington fits in the world of wine. Read the full list of seminars here.

2. One day or two?

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A round-up of stories on Washington wine from March 15th to 21st 2012. Read previous round-ups here.

Three big stories this week – a judge upholding Initiative 1183, the trade pact with South Korea going into effect, and the revealing of the White House wines. See stories below.

From around the world…


Decanter writes about White House wines.


From around the country…


CBS News does a video post about the White House State Dinner with mention of Leonetti Cellar.

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Improved mobile access

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 0 comments

Mobile readers, please note that you should see improved usability of the site. If you do not automatically, try typing in: www.wawinereport.com/?m=1

You can also click on the 'Mobile' link on the top banner.

Let me know if you have issues.

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The March Virtual Tasting is tonight from 7-8pm Pacific! The wine is the 2009 L'Ecole No 41 Red Wine. This wine retails for $18 and is fairly widely available.

What you need to do to participate is:

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

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

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

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Note: This month's Virtual Tasting is the L'Ecole No 41 Red Wine and takes place Tuesday at 7pm Pacific. Read about how to participate here.

The 2008 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley was served last week at the White House State Dinner with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Figgins Family Wine Estates
President and Winemaking Director Chris Figgins wrote in an e-mail to the winery’s customers, “My family and I are truly honored to be recognized for our quality efforts over 34 years with this rare and coveted occasion. My parents never dreamed their passion to make great wines would earn such a spot of honor.”

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A round-up of stories on Washington wine from March 8th to 14th 2012. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…


CBS News writes about Washington auctioning off state liquor store rights.

Tucson Citizen writes about Otis Kenyon.

Bloomberg writes about scaled back transparency on the White House wine list.

Wine Business.com writes about Bergevin Lane naming a new winemaker.

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“All my life I have been driven to create,” winemaker Tom Stangeland of Cloudlift Cellars says.

Stangeland started out his career as a chef in the early eighties. At the time, he thought it didn’t seem like a good career path, noting the distinct lack of today's ‘celebrity chefs.'

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Fresh Sheet March 13th 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 0 comments






Today’s Fresh Sheet – new and recent releases – includes wines from JM Cellars, Woodinville Wine Cellars, Ott & Murphy, Pomum Cellars, and Balboa Winery.

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This month's Virtual Tasting will take place Tuesday March 20th. The wine is the 2009 L'Ecole No 41 Red Wine. This wine retails for $18 and is fairly widely available. The tasting will take place from 7-8pm Pacific.

What you need to do to participate is:

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

2. Tweet your comments about the wine on Twitter between 7 and 8pm Pacific on the date of the Virtual Tasting using the hashtag #lecole41. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

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A round-up of stories on Washington wine from March 1st to 7th 2012. Read previous round-ups here.


From around the world…

National Post writes about Hedges.


From around the country…


Growing Produce writes about record attendance at this year’s Grape Growers conference.

The Tennessean writes that Washington wines battle California for supremacy.

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Today, just a few pictures from a trip two weeks ago to Napa Valley where it was 70 degrees, sunny, and the irrigation lines were dripping. I am always struck by how physically beautiful the valley is whenever I visit. Click on the pictures for larger images.

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In a sign that this year's wine touring season is upon us, the Washington State Wine 2012 Tour Guide has been released!

As in previous years, the guide is divided into eight wine touring regions: Seattle & Puget Sound, Woodinville, Yakima Valley, Tri-Cities, Walla Walla Valley, Spokane & Pullman, Vancouver & Columbia Gorge, and Cascade Valley & North Central.

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A round-up of stories on Washington wine from February 22nd to 29th. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…


The Star Tribune writes about Washington Merlot.

Go Local Providence writes about 14 Hands.

Anchorage Press writes about ten wines you should try with a callout to Walla Walla Valley Syrah.

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Here at Washington Wine Report, every day is Washington Wine Day. But all across the state, March is Washington Wine Month!

Washington Wine Month features numerous promotions by restaurants, retailers, hotels, and wineries throughout the region in a build up to Taste Washington!, the state's largest wine event which takes place in Seattle on March 31st and April 1st.

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