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  • To help you select Pacific Northwest wines at a variety of price levels
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The June Virtual Tasting is tonight! The wine is the 2012 A to Z Oregon Chardonnay - our first foray into Oregon. This wine retails for $14 and is widely available. The tasting will take place tonight (Monday June 30th) 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)

2. Tweet your comments about the wine on Twitter between 7 and 8pm Pacific on the specified date using the hashtag #AtoZwine. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.


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

From around the country...

Forbes Magazine writes about Maryhill.

The Washington Post writes about Riesling, way beyond sweet.

The Northwest Herald writes that temperature shifts help balance Washington wine.

Wine Spectator writes about A to Z becoming a B Corp. Harvey Steiman writes about Washington’s 2011 reds testing theories of ripeness.

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June's Pic of the Vine is a fresh look at a favorite locale of resident photographer Richard Duval. "Though we often cover the same events, Sean and I seldom find ourselves next to one another," noted Duval. "But this past week, we both participated in the media tour for Celebrate Walla Walla, which included a morning visit to the Upper Mill Creek vineyards of Walla Walla VintnersFIGGINS, and Yellowbird. One look at this rich view from Yellowbird - surely one of the best views in the Walla Walla Valley - and we quickly agreed that it was custom made for this month's selection."

Click on the picture for a larger image.

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Reminder, last day to vote on the Wine Blog Awards where Washington Wine Report is a finalist for 'Best Single Subject Wine Blog.' Vote here (Hint: click on the big, red 'Vote!' button). 

The June Virtual Tasting wine is the 2012 A to Z Oregon Chardonnay - our first foray into Oregon. This wine retails for $14 and is widely available. The tasting will take place on Monday June 30th 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)

2. Tweet your comments about the wine on Twitter between 7 and 8pm Pacific on the specified date using the hashtag #AtoZwine. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

To make it more convenient for people to purchase the wines used in our Virtual Tastings, we are teaming up with a locally run, on-line wine

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A reminder that voting continues for the Wine Blog Awards where Washington Wine Report is a finalist for 'Best Single Subject Wine Blog.' Please vote! 

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

From around the world...

Harpers Wine & Spirit Trade Review writes that Oregon wineries boost profile through direct sales.

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The Summer edition of Washington Tasting Room magazine has an article I wrote on L'Ecole No 41 titled, "New Heights in the Walla Walla Appellation." See a list of newsstand locations here.

See a list of previous publications (most with links/downloads).

Enjoy!

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Reminder to vote for Washington Wine Report for 'Best Single Subject Wine Blog' at the Wine Blog Awards. To do so, click on the big red 'Vote' button found here. Voting continues until June 19th. 

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

From around the country...

The Wall Street Journal writes about the best of Washington wines (video). They also take a look inside Washington state's Warehouse Wineries.

The Napa Valley Register writes about Pritchard Hill winemaker Todd Alexander heading north to Force Majeure.

Men's Journal writes about the rise of Oregon's canned wine empire.

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I am humbled to announce that Washington Wine Report is again among the finalists for ‘Best Single Subject Wine Blog’ at the Wine Blog Awards. This is the fourth year in the last five that the site has been a finalist in this category, winning the honor for the first time last year.

There is an excellent group of finalists in this category this year that includes Señorita VinoThe Wine BarNew York Cork Report, On the wine trail in Italy, and this site. The finalists are selected by a group of judges, the winner by a combination of public vote (50%) and judges’ votes. While personally, I feel that some of my fellow finalists have outshined this space in the last year, I encourage you to vote for whomever you wish. You can do so at wineblogawards.org by clicking on the large red ‘Vote!’ button. Voting continues until June 19th at 11:59pm…somewhere.

I would also like to note that fellow Washingtonian Jameson Fink of Wine Without Worry is a finalist for ‘Best Writing on a Wine Blog.’ He is more than deserving of your vote, and if you are not already following his writing, you should be! My congratulations to him and to the other finalists this year.

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Catching up, a round-up of stories on Northwest wine from May 22nd to May 31st.  Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country...

San Luis Obispo Tribune writes that Syrah puts down roots in Washington state.

Stark Insider writes that one in ten west coast wineries are likely to sell in the next ten years.

Wine Spectator writes about Archery Summit bringing in a new team.

Parade names the Waters Winery 2012 Forgotten Hills Syrah as its wine of the week.

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Bloom in eastern Washington

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 1 comments

Bloom is occurring in eastern Washington as evidenced by this picture of Cabernet Sauvignon from Double Canyon Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills, courtesy of vineyard manager William Beightol. Beightol said that the bloom date was tracking ahead of historical averages.

"It seems to be a very rapid entry into bloom and some great weather this week," he said. "Hopefully, we will see little or no wind or rain." Some vineyard managers in other areas of the Columbia Valley have noted that their sites are approximately seven to ten days ahead of historical averages at present.

Click on the picture to see a larger image. See a chart of Washington's 2014 Growing Degree Days.

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