Washington Wine Report is an independent publication focused on bringing Northwest wine to you and bringing you to Northwest wine. Our goal is:
  • To help you select Pacific Northwest wines at a variety of price levels
  • To keep you up-to-date about the Northwest’s wineries, vineyards, and individuals
  • To help you plan trips to wine country
  • To connect you to the larger wine community



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

From around the country…

Time writes that Washington state wine is the new Bordeaux.

Wine Spectator writes about the purchase of Wines of Substance by Charles Smith. They also write about Massachusetts passing a direct shipping law with a push from Drew Bledsoe (Doubleback).

Wine Enthusiast writes about falling in love with wine.

The Chicago Tribune writes about Washington wine.

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Veraison in eastern Washington

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 0 comments

Veraison - the changing of color of the grapes - is underway in eastern Washington. This picture from Lacey Lybeck (@LaceyLybeck) shows veraison in Malbec at Milbrandt Vineyards' Clifton Hills Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. Lybeck also noted veraison occurring in Merlot at both Clifton Bluffs and Clifton Hills.

Meanwhile in the Yakima Valley, Dustin Tobin, General Manager at Arthur Den Hoed Farms, noted that veraison was occurring in Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Malbec as of July 15th.

As always, veraison can only mean one thing - that harvest is right around the corner. While there is still a lot of growing season left, 2014 is currently shaping up to be another warm year, tracking closely to 2013 numbers in terms of Growing Degree Days (see WSU's Growing Degree Day chart). Most markers of the growing season have been tracking considerably ahead of historical averages throughout the year. As always though, the story in Washington gets written in September and October - at least in terms of red wines. Stay tuned.

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The July Virtual Tasting wine is the 2013 Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Pinot Gris. This wine retails for $13 and is widely available. The tasting will take place on Wednesday July 23rd (Please note, this is a week earlier than our typical tastings).

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 #Milbrandt. 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 shop, ImpulseWine.com. Instead of having to search for

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Tasting Note Database Updated

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 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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I am honored and humbled to announce that Washington Wine Report won 'Best Single Subject Blog' at the Wine Blog Awards this past weekend - the second consecutive year it has received this accolade. It was a great group of finalists this year that included Señorita VinoThe Wine BarNew York Cork Report, and On the wine trail in Italy. I encourage you all to check out these sites.

This has not been the easiest of years as I try to maintain this site and earn a living writing about wine. I have not been nearly as successful at either as I might like! But I will keep trying, and I sincerely appreciate everyone's support.

To the judges and the individuals who voted for this site this year, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. To all, I will continue to try to shine a light on what is going on here in the Northwest in the months and years to come. Thank you all so much for following along.

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

From around the world…

Hindustan Times writes that Oregon is only hours from Napa Valley but a world away.

From around the country...

The Philadephia Inquirer writes that for picnics, Merlot is the way to go.

Communities Digital News writes that Yakima has a cornucopia of good wine.

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The July/August issue of Edible Seattle has an article I wrote on Washington rosé titled, "Summer in a Glass." See a list of newsstand locations here or subscribe here. Additionally the July/August issue of Vineyard & Winery Management has an article I wrote titled, "Oregon Winegrowers Combat Herbicide Drift." Find information about subscriptions here.

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


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

From around the world…

Harper’s Wine & Spirit Trade Review writes that Jackson Family expands its Oregon holdings.

From around the country...

The Washington Post writes about American Riesling: 5 great bottles to try. They also write that U.S. Riesling production ranks second worldwide.

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Well folks, the Fourth of July is almost upon us, and with summer now firmly in hand, let’s take a look at the 2013 rosé vintage.

As you will recall, 2013 was a warmer year here in the Northwest with a dramatic cool down in the second half of September (read a harvest report from Vineyard & Winery Management). In terms of the rosés, many of them have a bigger, riper style that is reflective of this warmth. Some producers were able to hold on to the acidity in the wines. Others were less successful in this regard (I’ve found the latter to be especially true in some of the whites that have been released thus far; more on that later). Overall though, there are plenty of enjoyable wines to go around at a variety of price points.

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