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Fresh Sheet April 30th 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 0 comments





In today’s Fresh Sheet – reviews of new and recent releases – we look at wines from Owen RoeForgeron CellarsTamarack CellarsDaven LoreHogue Cellars, Pour Me, Milbrandt VineyardsProper WinesWoodward Canyon, and Purple Star Wines.

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April Pic of the Vine

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 0 comments

The magic begins notes resident Washington Wine Report photographer Richard Duval and for proof, he sent this image as April’s Pic of the Vine – a majestic view of Mt. Hood keeping watch over bud break at Cascade Cliffs along the Columbia River.

“Bud break is akin to the waving of the flag at the start of a race,” he notes. “For wine folks, bud break means the magic – and a whole lot of hard work – has started. Time for another great season.” Click on the picture for a larger image.

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

From around the country...

The Star Democrat writes about Raymon McKee of Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Wines & Vines writes that Northwest vineyard deals reflect a rebound.


From around the blogosphere...

Hawk Wakakaka Wine Reviews talks Washington wine with Jameson Fink.

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The April Virtual Tasting is tonight! The wine is the Renegade Wine Co. 2013 Columbia Valley Róse. This wine retails for $10 and is fairly widely available. The tasting will take place from 7-8pm Pacific, tonight April 24th.

What you need to do to participate is:

1. Buy this month’s wine from the winery or a local retailer (see below)

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

From around the world...

The Montreal Gazette writes that Washington needn’t stand in California’s shadow.


From around the country...

The Aspen Times writes about L’Ecole Nº 41.

Skanken Daily News writes about the sale of Sagemoor Vineyards. They also write about new packaging for Snoqualmie Winery.

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The Walla Walla Valley wine scene has been booming since the turn of the new century, with well over 100 tasting rooms and wineries now calling the valley home. Ten years ago as the valley started to garner increasing acclaim, one of the knocks I would hear was that there were few vineyards in the area. While numerous wineries in Walla Walla are still sourcing grapes from across Washington - and many always will - the valley has seen a sharp increase in plantings in the last decade, allowing an increasing number of wineries to source valley fruit for their wines.

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

After 14 years producing wine in St. Paul, Oregon, Owen Roe has moved production of its Washington wines to Wapato in the Yakima Valley. A new production facility has been completed and is slated to open April 26th. Production of the winery's Willamette Valley wines will continue to take place in Oregon.

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

From around the country...

Wines & Vines writes about Washington’s wineries coveting old vines. They also write about Aquilini purchasing 700 additional acres in the Horse Heaven Hills.

Shanken News Daily writes that V2 Wine Group takes on sales and marketing For Hedges Family Estate.

The San Francisco Examiner writes about Oregon making its mark with Pinot Noir.

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The April Virtual Tasting wine is the Renegade Wine Co 2013 Columbia Valley Róse. This wine retails for $10 and is fairly widely available. The tasting will take place on Thursday April 24th from 7-8pm Pacific.

What you need to do to participate is:

1. Buy this month’s wine from the winery or a local retailer (see below)

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

From around the country...

Wine Enthusiast writes that Taste Washington offers support to mudslide victims.

The La Crosse Tribune picks the Thorny Rose Red Blend 2011 as its wine of the week.

The Greenfield Daily Reporter writes about the opening of the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center.

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Though plantings of Rhone varieties beyond Syrah remain miniscule in Washington (see chart below), there is no doubt that Rhone wines are on the rise in the state. From Grenache Blanc to Picpoul, Cinsault to Mourvèdre, winemakers and consumers alike are showing an increased interest in varieties native to France’s Rhone Valley. Moreover, these varieties are creating some of the state’s most exciting wines.

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The 2014 growing season is officially underway in Washington. This picture of budbreak in Chardonnay at Columbia Valley's Sagemoor Vineyard comes courtesy of Lacey Lybeck (@LaceyLybeck). Let the season begin!

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Double Canyon in the Horse Heaven Hills has named Jason Ledbetter as its winemaker. Ledbetter comes from Napa Valley’s Pine Ridge Vineyards where he spent four years as assistant winemaker.

“I’m thrilled to be involved with this exciting new project,” Ledbetter said.

Crimson Wine Group, owners of Pine Ridge Vineyards as well as several other wineries, acquired the Double Canyon property in 2005. The vineyard is adjacent to Champoux Vineyard and is farmed by Will Beightol whose father manages nearby Phinny Hill.

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