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The July Virtual Tasting wine is the 2014 Hogue Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley. This wine retails for $10 and is widely available. The tasting will take place on Thursday July 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 #hogue. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

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A mega round-up of articles on Northwest wine from June 22nd to July 21st. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Wines & Vines writes that wild weather has Northwest growers on their toes.

Wine Spectator writes about Washington Malbec. They also write about the tyranny of light.

Shanken Daily News writes about Washington wine’s key players. Read part two here.

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The July/August issue of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine has a cover story I authored on the 10 year anniversary of the Granholm v. Heald decision. This Supreme Court case helped lead to changes in direct-to-consumer shipping laws around the country. Read a .pdf version of the article here.

See a list of other publications, most with web and .pdf links, here. Enjoy!

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Veraison - the changing of color of the grapes - is underway in eastern Washington. This pictures is of Syrah at Clifton Hill Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope and comes courtesy of Cait Guyette.

Thus far 2015 has been a very warm growing season, considerably warmer than 2014 (see current Growing Degree Days from Washington State University). Throughout the growing season, most markers have been advanced from their historical average dates, in some cases considerably so. The onset of veraison can only mean one thing: harvest is not far off.

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Pic of the Vine - June 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 0 comments

Throughout Washington you can find pockets of growth – recent plantings that speak to the ever-expanding demand for Washington wine grapes. Resident photographer Richard Duval, crisscrossing the state’s wine regions this month, captured this image from Red Mountain, home to Quintessence Vineyard.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from June 8th to 14th 2015. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Wine Spectator looks back on Hedges. They also ask whether wine lists should feature local wines.

CBS San Francisco writes that the west coast drought is a boon for Washington wine.

Forbes gives the best and cheapest threesome in Washington wine.

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Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for March 2015. 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.

These reviews include the first releases from a series of new projects. This includes the first releases from Brennon Leighton (Charles Smith Wines) under his B. Leighton Wines label (B. Leighton 2012 Olsen Brothers Vineyard Grenache Yakima Valley $45, 93 points; B. Leighton 2012 Olsen Brothers Vineyard Syrah Yakima Valley $45, 93 points).

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Today, a few pictures from my visit this week to the Walla Walla Valley for Celebrate Walla Walla. Click on the pictures to see larger images.

Enjoy!

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The July issue of Wine Enthusiast has an article on Northwest Chardonnay I co-authored with Paul Gregutt (I wrote the Washington section). Additionally, the summer issue of Washington Tasting Room has an article I wrote on Force Majeure. See a list of newsstand locations here.

See a list of other recent publications, most with hyperlinks or .pdf downloads, here. Enjoy!

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Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for March 2015. 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.

These reviews include some stand-out Syrahs from the 2012 vintage, including the Avennia 2012 Arnaut Syrah Boushey Vineyard Yakima Valley ($50, 95 points) and the Rôtie Cellars 2012 Northern Blend Syrah Washington ($40, 94 points). There are also some great values to be had, including the Cadence 2012 Coda Red Mountain ($25, 92 points) and Dumas Station 2012 Cowcatcher Red Blend Walla Walla Valley ($2492 points). The reviews also include an impressive - and well priced - release from newcomer J&J Vintners in the form of the J & J 2012 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley ($30, 92 points).

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from June 1st to 7th 2015. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

The New York Times writes that the drought is bearing fruit for Washington wine.

Wines and Vines writes that Northwest growers are undaunted by the weather.

The Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel writes about a Wisconsin native calling an Oregon winery home.

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After a long hiatus (sorry), a round-up of stories on Northwest wine from May 22nd to 31st 2015. We’ll catch up on previous weeks missed in the future if time allows. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes about Willamette Valley Vineyards launching a series of single vineyard wineries. They also write about Rhone wines in Washington.

Wines and Vines writes that there is a strong market for land in Walla Walla Valley.

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Pic of the Vine - May 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015 0 comments

With spring comes new releases all around the Washington wine community, and resident photographer Richard Duval is prowling the state capturing as many as he can click. To date, he’s logged road time at the Yakima Valley and Walla Walla Spring Barrel release events as well as winery release events around the Puget Sound.

This striking backlit pour of Kerloo Cellar’s 2013 Blue Mountain Grenache Blanc at the SoDo winery’s release party caught his eye. “Spring releases bring out the energy,” Duval noted. “With new wines comes wine lovers eager to take in the sun and taste the winemaker’s latest magic."

Duval’s work as a wine photographer was the subject of this recent article which can be found here. Click on the picture above to see a larger image.

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The May/June issue of Vineyard & Winery Management has a series of articles I wrote. The first is on the search for a perfect closure; the second is on Oregon's Salud! program; the third is on the worsening vineyard labor shortage; and the fourth is on proposed changes to appellation label laws (Note: all links open .pdf files).

Additionally, the May/June issue of Edible Seattle has an article I wrote on Fielding Hills. See a list of newsstand locations.

Enjoy!

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April Pic of the Vine

Thursday, April 30, 2015 0 comments

Last weekend’s Spring Barrel activities in Yakima Valley proved perfect for all – great weather, lots of local culinary excellence on hand, and enthusiastic wineries bubbling with gracious joy for the throngs of wine lovers who sipped the weekend away. Doggedly crisscrossing the valley’s wineries from Yakima to Prosser, resident photographer Richard Duval spent three days capturing the unofficial start of the Valley’s wine season.

“The wineries are as beautifully varied as any region in the state,” Duval noted of his first of many visits this season. “From elegant rooms to shiny new barrel rooms to big wineries surrounded by expansive vineyards like this image of acclaimed Dineen Vineyard, Yakima Valley’s stunning beauty and slew of wine choices makes for a great wine getaway all season long.”

Click on the picture to see a larger image.

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The April Virtual Tasting wine is the 2014 Renegade Wine Co. Rosé Columbia Valley. This wine retails for $11 and is widely available. The tasting will take place on Thursday April 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 #renegadewine. For those on Twitter, follow me @wawinereport.

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

From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes about Larry Stone’s new winery and vineyard.

The Miami Herald recommends the Ponzi Pinot Gris.

The Boston Globe writes about a Washington red that pairs with fish.

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Taste Washington in pictures

Thursday, April 16, 2015 0 comments

Resident photographer Richard Duval logged a full weekend at Taste Washington last month, capturing a slew of sips and swirls.

“From the morning seminars to the afternoon’s delights, Washington wine lovers reveled in one of the great wine events in the country," he said.

Here is Duval's photo collage of the event. Click on the picture to see a larger image.


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

From around the world…

The Drinks Business writes about Chateau Ste Michelle sharpening its export focus.

Wines & Vines writes that Red Mountain goes on-line.


From around the country…

The Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that Oregon’s getting excited about Chardonnay.

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

From around the world…

The Drinks Business writes about Oregon rose in a can.


From around the country…

Wine Enthusiast writes about eight excellent Oregon varieties that aren’t Pinot Noir.

The Boston Globe writes about Washington state wine.

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

From around the country…

The Sacramento Bee writes about Washington Riesling.

The Independent Record writes about wines for spring with a couple of Washington mentions.

The Sioux Falls Leader writes about white wines for warmer weather with a callout to the A to Z Pinot Gris.

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Come join me at Taste Washington

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 0 comments

Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single region wine and food event, is coming up March 26th through 29th. I’ll be moderating two seminars at the event this year. The first is on Saturday, March 28th and is titled ‘The Chardonnay Revival’ where we’ll be focusing on the resurgence of this variety in Washington of late (see a seminar description as well as the list of panelists and wines). Meanwhile on Sunday, March 29th, I’ll be moderating a seminar titled ‘Appellation Spotlight: Red Mountain’ where we’ll discuss this viticultural area’s rise to preeminence (see a seminar description as well as the list of panelists and wines). Ticket information is here. Come say hello! Also, keep an eye out for suggested wineries to visit during the Grand Tasting at Seattle Metropolitan next week. Happy Washington Wine Month!

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Growers in Washington are seeing bud break occur in certain varieties. The onset of the growing season looks to be historically early for some, even compared to the warm 2014 vintage.

“Bud break last year started April 5th, so we are certainly two weeks ahead of that,” said Ryan Driver, vineyard manager at Tertulia Cellars in the Walla Walla Valley. Driver has already seen bud break in Grenache at some of his vineyards.

Chris Figgins of Leonetti Cellar and FIGGINS has seen bud break in his Sangiovese at Seven Hills Vineyard. “I remember bud break in March before but certainly not March 15th!” Figgins said.

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

From around the country…

Wines & Vines writes about the Northwest’s early growing season.

The Poughkeepsie Journal writes about the Fox Farm Pinot Gris.

The Washington Times writes about Nevada lawmakers vetting a bill to ease restrictions on wineries.

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I want to touch briefly on how to keep up with what I am writing about Northwest wine in addition to what is appearing in this space.

I frequently post information about wines I'm sampling for Wine Enthusiast as well as personal bottles on my Washington Wine Report Facebook page. I encourage you to follow this page if you are not already. Additionally, I also tweet about various goings on at twitter.com/wawinereport. My reviews of Washington (and Idaho) wines as well as feature and other articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast magazine. While I encourage you to subscribe to the magazine, these are also all freely available on-line (Note: Wine Enthusiast is currently updating its content management system so things should be easier to find in the near future if all goes well).

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