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

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The June Virtual Tasting is tonight! The wine is the 2012 Hogue Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley. This wine retails for $11 and is widely available. The tasting will take place from 7-8pm Pacific Thursday June 27th.

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 #hoguewine. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

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

In October of last year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) awarded a group of authors approval for the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley appellation. Members of the authoring group, which included Dr. Vince Bryan of Cave B Estate Winery and Cameron Fries of White Heron Cellars, hosted a small group of wine writers and wine commission staff for a more official unveiling in mid-May, which I had the pleasure to attend. Here are my thoughts.

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

From around the country...

Wines and Vines writes about Celebrate Walla Walla.

The Vancouver Sun writes about Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Indian Wells Red Blend 2010.


From around the blogosphere...

Great Northwest Wine writes about Pinot Gris. They also write about Mike Hogue being inducted into the Washington wine Hall of FameRiedel conducting a wineglass seminar in Walla WallaChateau Ste. Michelle’s record for Riesling in 2012, and Fume Blanc.

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The June Virtual Tasting wine is the Hogue Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2012. This wine retails for $11 and is widely available. The tasting will take place on Thursday June 27th 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 #hoguewine. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

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

From around the country...

Wines and Vines writes about topography and temperature in the Columbia Valley.

The San Francisco Business Times writes about the 2013 wine blog award winners.

The Emporia Gazette writes about 14 Hands.

The Washington Post writes about rosé with a shout out to Charles and Charles.

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June Pic of the Vine

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This month’s Pic of the Vine was captured by resident photographer Richard Duval in Walla Walla right next door to the Northstar winery.

“One of my favorite wine scenes is the presence of spring wildflowers set amidst a vineyard,” he noted. “It’s a scenario that suggests beauty now with beauty to come. That overhead cloud served as a perfect arrow from flower to vine, and I put a bit of soft-focus vignette effect to it just to underscore the dreamy nature of the scene. Like wineophiles all around Washington, I’m primed for the season!”

Click on the picture for a larger image. See previous Pic of the Vine images here.

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

From around the country...

Wines and Vines writes about the Woodinville Wine Village emerging.

The Washington Times writes about Va Piano Vineyards’ One Wine.

Greenville Online writes about Sleight of Hand.

The Georgetown Dish writes about Washington wine.

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I am honored and humbled to announce that Washington Wine Report won the Wine Blog Award for ‘Best Single Subject Wine Blog’ 2013. There was a great group of finalists this year, all of who were deserving and merit your attention. The finalists were: On Reserve: A Wine Law BlogNew York Cork ReportMad About MadeiraOn The Wine Trail in Italyand Stuart Pigott’s Planet Wine. Please give them a look!

I would like to thank the judges as well as everyone who voted (NB: Paul Gregutt was one of this year’s judges but did not vote in this category). I would also like to thank contributors Richard Duval, Ryan Messer, and Erika Syzmanski as this is truly a team award. We’ll do our best to earn another nomination next year.

See the complete list of this year's winners here.

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The Summer issue of Washington Tasting Room Magazine contains an article I wrote titled, "Terroir: The Rocks of Walla Walla." Additionally, the May/June issue of Vineyard and Winery Management has an article I wrote titled, "Whither Washington whites?" discussing reasons for the general lack of focus on white wines in the state. Finally, the June issue of Wine Enthusiast contains a series of wine reviews.

Enjoy!

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Of the world’s many wine drinkers, few age their wine for any significant period of time. Doing so means you not only need more than one bottle of wine on hand – a rarity for many consumers - it also means you need the patience to squirrel the wine away for an extended period. Here winemaker Kendall Mix of Lawrelin Wine Cellars has taken care of the patience part, holding onto his inaugural releases for – wait for it - more than a decade prior to release.

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Last month I had the opportunity to taste more than six hundred Washington wines over the course of several weeks, providing an interesting snapshot of the state of the industry. Here are some lessons learned.

Alcohol levels lower in many 2010 reds – As expected, the cool 2010 vintage led to many red wines labeled with lower levels of alcohol compared to recent vintages, with many wines coming in less than 14% (it should be noted that there is also a financial incentive for labeling the wines in this manner and that there is wiggle room in the actual alcohol level of the wine in the bottle). A few red wines even dipped below 13%. However, there were also many wines above 14% with some over 15%. A number of the wines also displayed higher acid levels than recent vintages with some overtly tart.

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

From around the country...

Wines and Vines writes about a partnership for the Wine Science Center.

The Star-Telegram writes about the South Korean trade pact kicking in.

The Examiner writes about blind tasting Washington reds.


From around the blogosphere...

The Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman writes A Swan Song (count me among those who hope that the hiatus is just temporary). Catie also writes about a tasting of Waitsburg Cellars.

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Bloom is occurring in eastern Washington. This picture was taken at Nostra Terra Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley and is provided courtesy of Dumas Station.

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