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L’Ecole No 41 has throughout its long history (the winery recently celebrated its 30th anniversary) carried the banner for Washington Chenin Blanc, making its first varietal offering in 1987. While plantings of the grape in the state have dwindled in recent years (see an article I wrote on Chenin Blanc for Edible Seattle a couple years ago here), the L’Ecole Chenin Blanc has flourished. The winery makes nearly 4,000 cases of its Chenin to slake the nation’s thirst.

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The May Virtual Tasting is tonight! The wine is the L'Ecole No 41 2012 Chenin Blanc. This wine retails for $14 and is fairly widely available. The tasting will take place from 7-8pm Pacific.

What you need to do to participate is:

1. Buy the 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.

For folks in the Seattle area, L'Ecole will be pouring their Chenin Blanc as well as other wines at Wine World & Spirits from 6-8pm. Stop by!

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

From around the country...

Wine Spectator writes that a wine Investment group makes big moves in the Pacific Northwest.

The Washington Examiner writes about blind tasting Washington wines.

Bloomberg writes about Bacchus boosting its wine holdings with DeLille and Panther Creek.

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I am pleased and humbled to announce that Washington Wine Report is again a finalist for 'Best Single Subject Wine Blog' from this year's Wine Blog Awards. Finalists are chosen by a panel of judges (see the list of judges here) with the final awards based on public and judges' votes. Friend and fellow local blogger Jameson Fink (JamesonFink.com) is also a finalist for "Best Writing On A Wine Blog." My congratulations to him and to the other finalists.

For me, it's the journey, not the destination. However, for those interested in voting, you can do so here until May 24th at 11:59pm...somewhere. Read more about the Wine Blog Awards here.

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Folks, I had to close down last week's poll on Washington's signature grape as the Blogger poll widget loses votes faster than Florida! I have subsequently relocated the poll to my Washington Wine Report Facebook page. See the poll results and vote here:

www.facebook.com/wawinereport 

The choices:

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

From around the country...

San Jose Mercury News writes about O Wines.

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Tasting through a large set of Washington wines, I am always struck by the diversity of grapes produced here. Here’s a list of varieties that I’ve come across from the Evergreen State this month:

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The May Virtual Tasting wine is the L'Ecole No 41 2012 Chenin Blanc. This wine retails for $14 and is fairly widely available. The tasting will take place on Thursday May 30th 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 specified date using the hashtag #lecole41. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

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

From around the country...

The Anchorage Daily News writes about the 2010 Hedges CMS.

The Pensacola News Journal writes about Duck Pond rehabilitating Merlot's poor public image.

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Fresh Sheet May 9th 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013 0 comments
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Pic of the Vine - May 2013

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 0 comments

Pic of the Vine is a monthly image from photographer Richard Duval. See previous images here

While there's not an official start to Washington's wine touring season, we do know how to recognize the signs. Spring release celebrations are in full swing, barrel tastings are coming and for resident photographer Richard Duval, there's nothing quite like bud break to signal wine fun has begun.

"Prowling around Chelan during Spring Release took me to the vineyards of Nefarious where this burst of growth caught my eye," he said. "Like groundhogs, when we see bud break, we know it's time to come out of our winter burrows and start planning wine country adventures."

Click on the picture for a larger image. Enjoy!

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The May/June issue of Edible Seattle has an article I wrote on Cadence titled, "Time in the cellar - The patient rhythms of Cadence Winery." See a list of locations to purchase a copy here. Also, the May issue of Wine Enthusiast has my first reviews for the magazine as well as a short article on Erik Chapman of Seattle's Sun Liquor complete with cocktail recipe. Read the latter here.

Enjoy!

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

From around the country...

At the New York Times, Eric Asimov writes about terroirist Kevin Pogue and Walla Walla wine.

Cleveland Plain Dealer writes about the Renegade Wine Co. 2012 Columbia Valley Rose

The La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, WI) writes about the Hogue Genesis Meritage 2007.

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What follows is a guest post by Andy Perdue of GreatNorthwestWine.com

While Riesling is not Washington's No. 1 grape - barely - it is the white wine that most defines the state.

This is driven by Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington's oldest winery and the world's single largest producer of Riesling at more than 1 million cases.

But Chateau Ste. Michelle is not the only Riesling player in Washington. Hogue Cellars, Pacific Rim Winemakers, Charles Smith, and even Ste. Michelle siblings Columbia Crest and Snoqualmie make significant amounts of Washington Riesling.

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