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

The Owen Roe Sharescropper’s Cabernet Sauvignon is always something of a bellwether for a vintage, with the winery releasing the wine early each year. If so, it bodes well for the 2012 vintage red wines. Owen Roe first started making the Sharecropper wines in 2001, with the winery taking fruit from growers, making the wine, and then sharing the profits back.

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Harvest Report October 26th 2013

The last week has seen a shift in growing conditions in eastern Washington with nighttime temperatures cooling significantly and precipitation falling in a number of areas. The former is particularly significant as one of the hallmarks of the 2013 growing season has been warmer than average nighttime temperatures. This should lessen the sense of urgency that some winemakers have had.

“Ripening should be slowing considerably,” winemaker Chris Peterson of Avennia said. “Most warm site Cabernet is being scheduled for the next week or two. However, now with the cool down that seems to be on the horizon, cooler site Cabernet could be afforded considerable hang time.”

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The September Virtual Tasting is tonight! The wine is the J Bookwalter Notebook Red 3NV. This wine retails for $15 and is fairly widely available. The tasting will take place from 7-8pm Pacific tonight, September 25th.

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

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

From around the world...

The National Post writes about the Snoqualmie Whistle Stop Red.


From around the country...

Packaging Digest writes about Domaine Ste. Michelle rebranding.

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Pic of the Vine - September 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013 0 comments

This month's Pic of the Vine from contributing photographer Richard Duval are a series of images from harvest at Whidbey Island Winery.

While for eastern Washington wineries, a little rain during harvest can sometimes be a good thing, for western Washington's wineries - where there is often considerably more accumulation - it can potentially be ruinous.

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Tasting Note Database Updated

Thursday, September 19, 2013 0 comments

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

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Harvest Report September 18th

The past week has seen some remarkably unsettled weather in eastern Washington, from record high temperatures to dust storms, rain, and hail. While, thus far, the damage to Washington’s grape harvest appears to be minimal, it has caused anxiety and, in some cases, heartbreak.

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

From around the world...

The DrinksBusiness.com does a Q&A with Bob Bertheau of Chateau Ste Michelle.


From around the country...

Wines and Vines writes that northwest winemaking schools are in flux.

FloridaToday.com writes about Seven Falls.

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The September Virtual Tasting wine is the J Bookwalter Notebook Red 3NV. This wine retails for $15 and is fairly widely available. The tasting will take place on Wednesday September 25th 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 #bookwalter. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

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A Woodinville Winecation

Friday, September 13, 2013 0 comments

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

I frequently write about wine travels in eastern Washington because that’s where I live, and what I know best. However, after a recent trip to the Westside, I have to share some Woodinville love. Most of the tasting experiences there have been part of a fun weekend getaway to Seattle, but I had one of the most incredible weekends recently for my anniversary.

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“Warm, warmest, and warmer is the best way to characterize the 2013 summer season,” wrote AgWeatherNet (weather.wsu.edu) in its recent email about Washington summer weather. They characterized 2013 as the second warmest summer on record and noted particularly warm temperatures at night. Other notables during the summer were June rains and an early July heat wave, the earliest major hot spell in more than two decades.

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

From around the country...

Wine Business.com writes about an auctioning of land on Red Mountain.

The Washington Times writes about escaping to Walla Walla.

The Chicago Tribune writes about the Taste of Tulalip.

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

From around the country...

The San Antonio Express writes about #CabernetDay.

The Baltimore Sun writes about Ste Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Cabernet.

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The great dream – now an unstoppable force – goes on at Force Majeure (formerly Grand Rêve Vintners) with the winery naming an estate winemaker and also adding its seventh Collaboration Series winemaker.

For the estate wines, founders Paul McBride and Ryan Johnson have selected Mike Macmorran. Macmorran currently serves as winemaker at Mark Ryan Winery as well as his own winery, Manu Propria. He is also responsible for the Force Majeure Collaboration Series III wine as well as the winery’s Viognier.

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The September/October issue of Edible Seattle has an article I wrote titled "Sangiovese: A delicate grape".  See a list of newsstand locations here. Additionally, the September/October issue of Vineyard and Winery Management magazine has an article I authored titled, "The Yakima Valley Renaissance". Read the article here. See a list of previous publications with links to articles here.

Enjoy!

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Tero Estates purchases Waters Winery

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 0 comments

Doug Roskelley and Mike Tembreull of Tero Estates and Flying Trout have purchased Walla Walla Valley’s Waters Winery. Terms of the sale were not disclosed but include both the Waters brand as well as inventory. The Waters building and the winery’s vineyards were not part of the sale. Jamie Brown will serve as Waters’ winemaker under the agreement.

Asked what led to the interest in purchasing the winery, Doug Roskelley, who serves as winemaker at Tero and Flying Trout, said, “The obvious answer to that is Syrah. We don’t currently do any Syrah. It’s something new for our portfolio, and Jamie is one of the best Syrah guys around.”

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This year's Top 100 Washington wines from Seattle Metropolitan magazine is now available on-line. If you have not already picked up a hard copy, you can read the electronic version here.

The article is broken up into a series of sections listed along the right hand side. Read the introduction here; the Top 15 here; and the Best of the Rest here. In addition to the Top 100, there are also articles on the Top Wines Under $25 and Top Wines Under $15. There is also a short piece on the increase in Rhone-style wines in Washington here.

In addition to these articles, which I penned, there are also a series of Wine Road Trips written by Allison Williams. Read these here. You can read background about the issue in a previous post here.

Enjoy!

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