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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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It tough times, we continue the search for good, inexpensive wines with a baker’s Five Wines Under $15.

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

From around the country...

The Coloradoan.com writes Happy Hour: Charles & Charles red blend a great table wine to keep on hand.


From around the blogosphere...

Paul Gregutt shares Eric Asimov raids my cellar part two – the winner.

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The following article was written by Ryan Messer. Read other articles from Messer here.

Over the years, I have stepped foot in hundreds of wineries, tasting rooms, or co-ops in Washington State. Each time, the person working at the tasting room truly makes or breaks the experience and can even impact perceptions of the wines. Here are three people who have stood out for positively influencing my experiences over the years.

The first person I think of is Steve Wells of Gramercy Cellars. Appropriately titled "Director of Awesome" on the winery’s website, Steve is one of those people you are instantly drawn to. He was a sommelier in New York City before moving to Walla Walla to dive into the other end of the wine business. Steve is knowledgeable but is also down to earth and seems as comfortable sharing stories about family and friends as he is describing the leather, white pepper or citrus in the glass. His polished dome and bearded face remind me of a white Isaac Hayes - and he's cool enough to probably pull off his own rendition of "Shaft".

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The April Virtual Tasting wine is tonight! The wine is the Renegade Wine Co. 2012 Rosé. This wine retails for $10 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 between 7 and 8pm Pacific using the hashtag #renegadewine. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

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The Washington wine industry is all about small, family wineries, and one winery that puts a particular emphasis on this point is Sonoris Wines.

Sonoris winemaker Hillary Sjolund started out as a premedical student at U.C. Davis. One of the prerequisites was to take a class in the agricultural division. Sjolund’s choice? Introduction to Winemaking. It would be a fateful decision.

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Tasting Note Database Updated

Thursday, April 18, 2013 0 comments

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

Enjoy!

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

From around the country...

The Western Farm Press reports on the quest for the perfect wine serving temperature.


From around the blogosphere...

Paul Gregutt writes an opening farewell. He also writes that it’s time to wake up and smell the rosés and Eric Asimov raiding his cellar.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 0 comments

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The April Virtual Tasting wine is the Renegade Wine Co. 2012 Rosé. This wine retails for $10 and is widely available. The tasting will take place on Wednesday April 24th 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 specified date using the hashtag #renegadewine. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

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For years, many Washington wineries have shied away from screwcaps and other alternative closures. While some, including HogueSynclineNorthwest Totem Cellars, and Dusted Valley Vintners have gone all in, others have steered clear or only put their white wines or lower end reds under screwcap. Count winemaker John Bigelow at JM Cellars among the few who have taken the leap.

Bigelow first began thinking about using screwcaps after meeting with writer Paul Gregutt back in 2008. After estimating his rate of corked wines at one to three percent, Bigelow was asked by Gregutt if that was an acceptable level. “I told him the answer is definitely, ‘No,” he recalled. Bigelow soon began to consider alternatives.

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A round up of stories on Washington wine from April 1 to April 7.  Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country...

Wines and Vines writes about the Northwest focusing on wine profiles.

Bloomberg writes that Washington wines pack a high alcohol wallop and little else (read my response here).

Beverage Daily.com writes that US wines talk to the Chinese, with an American twang: Maryhill Winery.

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Pic of the Vine is a monthly image taken by contributor Richard Duval. See previous Pic of the Vine images here.

April’s Pic of the Vine is part riveting image, part ‘welcome to the neighborhood’ from photographer Richard Duval as another Walla Walla winery opens a Woodinville tasting room. Last month, Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery took over the former mead distiller building situated between Hollywood Hills and Matthews Estate.

Castillo’s Walla Walla home is a favorite photo subject of Duval. “Capturing the vineyard against the stark white of the Spanish styling makes for a strong image,” he notes. “I got lucky here – a hazy day that provided soft light on the early spring vines just inching toward their full green.” Click on the picture for a larger image.

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A round-up of stories on Washington wine from March 22nd to 31st 2013. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the world…

Journal UK writes that Washington is a happy place for grapes.


From around the country…

Wines and Vines writes about development heating up at Red Mountain.

Savannah Morning News writes that Washington is homed to skilled winemakers.

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The 2013 growing season is officially under way this week with bud break across vineyards in eastern Washington. Sagemoor Vineyard (Chardonnay) in the Columbia Valley, DuBrul Vineyard in the Yakima Valley and Seven Hills and Windrow vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley have each reported bud break. This picture of a Nebbiolo vine comes from Windrow Vineyard courtesy of Jan Roskelley at Tero Estates. Let the season begin!

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The latest issue of Seattle Metropolitan magazine has an article I wrote on sparkling wines with a shout out to Treveri Cellars. Find it on newstands or read an e-copy here.

Enjoy!

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On April Fool’s Day (coincidence?) Bloomberg writer John Mariani published an article titled, “Washington Wines Pack High Alcohol Wallop, Little Else.” Mariani notes in the article that his impressions came from a recent visit to Seattle, and he mentions about a dozen wines and brands, some of which he apparently tried on said visit.

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