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Pic of the Vine - August 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017 0 comments

In the western most point of the Yakima Valley appellation stands the much praised Red Willow Vineyard. Planted and farmed by the multi-generational Sauer family, Red Willow’s iconic landmark is the Monsignor Chapel, built by the family as an homage to the many chapel vineyards in France. A favorite site of resident photographer Richard Duval, the chapel is as distinctive as the grapes.

Aiming to capture a truly spiritual image that reflected Red Willow’s beauty and reverence, Duval and associate Chris Rider, an experienced night sky photographer, enlisted a clear summer night and the vineyard’s 1,300 foot elevation to capture the Milky Way. Starting at 11 pm and shooting till nearly 3:00 am, they captured nearly two dozen striking images.

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I had the opportunity to talk with Allen Shoup for a Wine Enthusiast podcast about the early days of the Washington wine industry, how the industry has evolved over the years, and his work at Long Shadows Vintners. You can listen to the podcast here.

Enjoy!

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

From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes about donating $1M to WSU’s viticulture and enology program.

The New York Times writes about Yakima Valley.

Wine Enthusiast says Oregon Riesling is the best in the west.

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Harvest begins in Washington

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 0 comments

Harvest has begun in the Northwest. Ryan Driver, vineyard manager at Tertulia Cellars, reported harvesting Tempranillo (21.2 Brix) today for rosé at the winery's Rivière Galets Vineyard in the Rocks District on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley. In the Yakima Valley, David Minick reported harvesting Pinot Noir for sparkling wine at Precept's Canyon Vineyard Ranch. Winemaker Aryn Morell (MatthewsTenorAlleromb, Gård) said that he will begin harvesting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on Thursday August 24th for a sparkling wine project. The fruit will come from Solaksen Vineyard, a Lawrence property in the Columbia Valley.

Most growers and winemakers I've spoken with have said that they expect to start bringing in white wine grapes either at the end of August or beginning of September. Red wine grape harvesting is expected to begin in the second week of September, considerably later than recent (warm) vintages.

Let harvest begin!

Picture courtesy of Ryan Driver, Tertulia Cellars. This post has been updated to include the harvest at Canyon Vineyard Ranch.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from August 8th to 14th 2017. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the world…

Shanghai Daily writes about Washington wine.


From around the country...

Wine Enthusiast writes about the diversity of Washington State wines (article by yours truly).

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Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for September 2017. Wines are listed alphabetically by winery. Read additional information on how I review wines here. All of these reviews are freely available on-line at the Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide. There is also a freely available Wine Enthusiast Tasting Guide app. See previous Wine Enthusiast reviews re-published in this space here. Search Wine Enthusiast's on-line database here.

283 wines reviewed in the September 2017 issue of Wine Enthusiast. Lots of top quality wines in this issue. I’ll highlight a selection of them here.

Newcomer Ardor Cellars continues to impress with its Syrahs (Ardor 2015 Quaternarium Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley $7093 pointsArdor 2015 Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $5091 points).

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from August 1st to 7th 2017. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Wine Enthusiast writes about relying on animals for sustainable winemaking, with mentions of several Northwest producers. They also write about old vines of Oregon.

Food and Wine writes about where to eat and drink in Willamette Valley.

Winston-Salem Journal writes about recently tasted wines, with a callout to the Stoller Pinot Noir Rosé and Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir.

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Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for August 2017. Wines are listed alphabetically by winery. Read additional information on how I review wines here. All of these reviews are freely available on-line at the Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide. There is also a freely available Wine Enthusiast Tasting Guide app. See previous Wine Enthusiast reviews re-published in this space here. Search Wine Enthusiast's on-line database here.

153 wines reviewed in the August issue of Wine EnthusiastAvennia continues to make some of the best wines in the state (Avennia 2014 Valery Columbia Valley $5092 pointsAvennia 2014 Sestina Columbia Valley $6591 points).

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Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for July 2017. Wines are listed alphabetically by winery. Read additional information on how I review wines here. All of these reviews are freely available on-line at the Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide. There is also a freely available Wine Enthusiast Tasting Guide app. See previous Wine Enthusiast reviews re-published in this space here. Search Wine Enthusiast's on-line database here.

125 wines reviewed in the July issue of Wine Enthusiast. They include a great Syrah from Eight Bells (Eight Bells 2014 Eight Clones Red Willow Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $3592 points).

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from July 22nd to 31st 2017. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes about an ownership transition at Adelsheim.

Boise Weekly says to think pink, with a recommendation of the 2016 Dunham rosé.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune makes the Cooper Hill Pinot Gris its wine of the week.

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