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2014: The Year in Washington Wine

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 0 comments

What follows is an excerpt from an article in the Winter issue Washington Tasting Room magazine. 

A peek at the 2014 harvest plus a review of what’s trending in Washington’s wine industry

Washington State growers and winemakers saw their second straight warm growing season in 2014. For many vineyard sites in Eastern Washington, it was their warmest growing season on record. Growers appreciated the relatively stress-free year which was without frosts, freezes and other significant events. Read rest of article here.

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Fresh Sheet December 30th 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 0 comments

Today’s Fresh Sheet – reviews of new and recent releases – includes wines from sommes des partiesSilverback VineyardsColumbia WineryErathAnam Cara CellarsKramer Vineyards, and La Crema.

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Walla Walla Valley Report 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014 0 comments


This report on the Walla Walla Valley includes wines from Cayuse VineyardsNo GirlsAbejaWoodward CanyonDelmas, and Maison Bleue.


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Pic of the Vine - December 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014 0 comments

The cold winter blues is our choice for the last Pic of the Vine of 2014. This image from resident photographer Richard Duval was captured while roaming a favorite site in the Walla Walla Valley on a ten-degree day.

“Winter in wine country offers a different and demanding view of old friends like Les Collines Vineyard,” Duval said. “Balancing snow, frost, and cold are a challenge but the results are captivating glimpses of what these vineyards do in the off-season – sleep!”

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The Evolution of Force Majeure

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 0 comments

Changes are afoot at Woodinville’s Force Majeure. Earlier this year the winery hired Todd Alexander (pictured left) as winemaker and general manager. Alexander previously served as winemaker at the cult Napa Valley winery Bryant Family.

The move to hire a full time winemaker at Force Majeure was in part accelerated by the departure of partner Ryan Johnson. Johnson, who also stepped aside from managing Ciel du Cheval Vineyard this year, had been a driving force on the viticultural side for Force Majeure.

“Ryan’s a great viticulturalist and I would love for him to still be involved, but I also have to respect life choices,” said owner Paul McBride. Renowned grower Dick Boushey was subsequently brought on to manage the winery’s estate site.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from December 8th to 21st 2014. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Wine Enthusiast writes about Betz Family purchasing land in Walla Walla Valley (article by yours truly).

The News-Press (Florida) recommends Pinot Blanc for the holidays.

Wines and Vines writes about Betz Family purchasing 40 acres at SeVein. They also write about the Oregon Wine Institute planning for the future.

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The December Virtual Tasting is tonight! The wine is the Treveri Cellars Brut Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine NV. This wine retails for $14 and is widely available. The tasting will take place tonight, Wednesday December 17th, 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

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

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

From around the world…

The Globe and Mail writes about the 14 Hands Hot to Trot White Blend.

Drinks Business Review writes about Erath releasing its first wine from Willakia Vineyard.


From around the country…

The San Francisco Chronicle gives a preview of its Top 100 white wines, with a call out to Analemma. They also write about top Pinot Noirtop Zinfandel and other redstop Cabernets and blendsChardonnayother whitessparkling wines, and top Rhone-style reds.

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With the holidays coming up and holiday parties aplenty, it’s time to take a look at value wines $15 and under. This will be the final segment of what has historically been the ‘Five Wines Under $15’ series over the years as I transition all of my Washington reviews to Wine Enthusiast. Look for postings on value wines based on Wine Enthusiast reviews in 2015.

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Five Years of a Full Pull

Monday, December 8, 2014 0 comments

In October Seattle’s Full Pull Wines celebrated its five-year anniversary with one person I spoke to traveling all the way from California for the sold-out event (read a Focus Report from Full Pull's early days here).

Below, I talk with friend and former blogger Paul Zitarelli about the impetus for Full Pull, where the company has gone over the last five years, and what’s next. Zitarelli also talks about their négociant-style Full Pull & Friends wine offerings, reviewed below.

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

From around the world…

The Drinks Business asks, Burgundian or Oregundian?

CTV New Ottawa recommends the Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon.

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The December Virtual Tasting wine is the Treveri Cellars Brut Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine NV. This wine retails for $14 and is widely available. The tasting will take place on Wednesday December 17th 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

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

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The Winter 2014/2015 issue of Washington Tasting Room has a cover article titled 'The Year in Wine: A peak at the 2014 harvest & review of what's trending." See a list of newsstand locations. Issue 112 of Art Culinaire has an article titled 'A winemaker's tale' on Kyle MacLachlan's Pursued by Bear. See a list of local retailers. Finally, the book Walla Walla Winery Dogs has a short piece on the Walla Walla Valley. Look for it at area tasting rooms.

See a list of other publications, most with weblinks, here.

Enjoy!

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Playing catch up, a round-up of stories on Northwest wines from November 8th to 21st.  Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

At Wine Spectator, Jim Laube writes about Oregon’s 2012 vintage. The magazine also gives a 2014 harvest report.

Wine Enthusiast writes about Oregon’s Salud! Pinot Noir auction (article by yours truly).

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