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  • To help you select Pacific Northwest wines at a variety of price levels
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This past weekend saw the 26th annual International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville, Oregon. The event brings together winemakers from around the world along with consumers, trade, and media to celebrate and discuss this much heralded grape. Today, a few of my favorite quotes from last weekend's event.

“There is a truth in Pinot Noir that you can’t find in any other wine with the possible exception of Riesling.”
-- Allen Meadows of Burghound on why there is such intense interest in the grape

“Pinot Noir is the messenger but not the message.”
-- Allen Meadows, Burghound

“It’s hard not to be moved when you find beauty in the glass.”
-- Allen Meadows, Burghound

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Fresh Sheet July 30th 2012

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Today’s Fresh Sheet – new and recent releases – includes wines from Gorman Winery, William Church Winery, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Kontos Cellars, Scarborough Wines, and Long Shadows.

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Today, a few pictures from Sokol Blosser in the Willamette Valley. Click on the pictures for larger images. Enjoy!














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To focus mainly on consumers or to focus mainly on trade and media? That is the question answered in the Washington Wine Commission’s new five-year strategic plan.

For the past five years, the Commission - whose primary mission is to raise awareness and demand for Washington State wine - has focused its work largely at the consumer level. While these efforts have increased awareness and helped gain traction in various target markets, it is a labor – and perhaps more importantly capital – intensive approach.

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Seattleites, I will be on Table Talk radio 1150 AM 8-9am today, Wednesday, talking about Washington wine. Listen in!

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

From around the country…

Milwaukee Mag writes about Washington Rosé.


From the blogosphere…


Jameson Fink writes about judging Washington wine at the The Boeing Winemakers Club.

Paul Gregutt writes about native yeast fermentations.

Through the Walla Walla Grapevine writes about the Wine Blog Awards. Catie also writes about the Nine Hats 2011 Riesling.

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Seattleites, I will be on Table Talk radio 1150 AM 8-9am this Wednesday talking about Washington wine. Listen in!

The July Virtual Tasting is tonight! The wine is the 2011 Long Shadows Poet's Leap Riesling. This wine retails for $20 and is 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 tonight between 7 and 8pm Pacific on using the hashtag #poetsleap. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

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Reminder: This month's Virtual Tasting is coming up Tuesday at 7pm Pacific. Details here.

Folks, you can see my segment on Seattle's Q13 FOX News on rosés, including some recommendations, here.

Read about other rosé recommendations here.

Enjoy!

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In this month’s Five Wines Under $15, we continue our series on summer whites in the belief that if you drink these wines, more summer-like days will surely follow.

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Seattleites, tune in to the Q13 news today at 4pm when I'll be talking about Washington rosé.

I am pleased - and humbled - to write that Washington Wine Report is one of five finalists for "Best Single Subject Wine Blog" from the Wine Blog Awards. I am even more pleased to say that friends and fellow Washington wine bloggers Paul Gregutt (PaulGregutt.com, "Best Single Subject Wine Blog"), Catie McIntyre (Through the Walla Walla Grapevine, "Best Writing on a Wine Blog"), and Jameson Fink (JamesonFink.com, "Best Overall Wine Blog) are also finalists. My congratulations to them and to the other finalists.

For me, it's the journey, not the destination, but for those interested in voting, you can do so here. Read more about the Wine Blog Awards here.

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Unlike many major wine regions of the world, Washington has refused over the years to settle on one particular grape or style. While Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and other varieties have all made their mark – and will continue to - increasingly it seems like Washington is becoming the ‘Home of the Blend.’

As I wrote in this month’s Seattle Metropolitan magazine, red blends from Washington have been on the rise. This phenomenon first came to my attention a couple years back when I was in a tasting room and asked a consumer what type of wines they liked. “I like blends!” the person said eagerly. I wondered what she meant.

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

From around the country…
Shanken Daily News writes that Gallo targets one million cases of Washington wine.

The Daily Herald writes about the Walter Clore Private Reserve.

Pensacola News Journal writes about Gilbert Cellars.

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The July Virtual Tasting wine is the 2011 Long Shadows Poet's Leap Riesling. This wine retails for $20 and is widely available. The tasting will take place on Tuesday July 24th 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 July 24th using the hashtag #poetsleap. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

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Today, a few pictures from a quick visit to Milbrandt Vineyards on the Wahluke Slope at the end of last month. Click on the pictures for larger images. Enjoy!







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

From around the country…

D Magazine recommends Col Solare’s Shining Hill Red and Northstar’s Merlot.


From the blogosphere…


Northwest Wine Anthem writes about the Kung Fu Girl Riesling.

Edmonds Patch writes about the opening of Total Wine in Bellevue.

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

Enjoy!

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The July/August issue of Edible Seattle has an article I wrote on Maison Bleue and is on newstands now. See a list of locations to find a copy here. Additionally, the July issue of Seattle Metropolitan has an article I wrote on blended wines.

Enjoy!

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A round-up of stories on Washington wine from June 22nd to 30th 2012. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

MSNBC writes about the Charles and Charles Rose’.

Wine Business.com writes about the selection of Brian Carter as the 2012 Legends blend winemaker.

Shanken Daily News writes about BevMo! opening the first of its Washington stores.

Anchorage Daily News makes the 2010 Eroica Riesling its wine of the week.

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Summary of Posts June 2012

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