Overview


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

Search

Loading...

Wine Blog Awards

'14 Tour Guide

Reviewed Wineries

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

From around the country…

Wines & Vines writes that Oregon winery wages outpace employment.

Wine Business writes about Helen Keplinger joining Force Majeure as a consultant.

| edit post

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

From around the world…

The Courier Islander (Campbell River, BC) writes about the Kung Fu Girl Riesling.


From around the country…

The Capital Gazette (Maryland) writes about the Horse Heaven Hills.

| edit post

The January-February issue of Vineyard & Winery Management contains five articles I authored, including the cover story on the top 40 viticulture and enology advances of the last 40 years. The issue also includes an article looking at the effects of the liquor privatization in Washington; issues regarding the current supply of American oak; and harvest reports for Washington and Oregon (yes, this was why this site was so quiet last fall).

Additionally, the January-February issue of Edible Seattle contains an article on Ballard’s Captive Spirits titled, “Making Big Gin: Ballard's Captive Spirits - the little distillery that could". See a list of newsstand locations.

See other recent articles, most with web links or .pdf downloads.

Enjoy!

| edit post

Plans for 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015 4 comments

As we start off the New Year, I want to write about plans for 2015 and what you can expect to see in this space. Without further ado.

1. All Washington wine reviews and scores will be now published in Wine Enthusiast magazine

Now that I have posted reviews for all of the wines that were received at Washington Wine Report prior to October 1st when my responsibilities at Wine Enthusiast changed, all formal reviews and scores of Washington wines will now be published in Wine Enthusiast as opposed to in this space (see my list of Wine Enthusiast coverage areas). I encourage you to subscribe to the magazine. However, these reviews are also freely available at winemag.com, the magazine’s website.

| edit post

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

From around the country…

Scene (Wisconsin) writes about Washington wine.

Forbes writes about ten ways to love wine in 2015, with shout outs to Washington and Oregon. They also write about the Four Graces Pinot Gris.

The Washington Post writes about the Washington Hills Merlot.

| edit post

Happy New Year folks! Starting off the year, a round-up of stories on Northwest wine from December 22nd to 31st. Read previous roundups here.

From around the world…

The Montreal Gazette recommends the Kung Fu Girl Riesling.

The Windsor Square (Toronto) asks whether Burgundian Pinot Noir is a fool’s game.


From around the country…

Wine Enthusiast writes about Oregon Pinot Noir.

| edit post

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.

| edit post

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.

| edit post

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.


| edit post

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!”

| edit post

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.

| edit post

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.

| edit post

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.

| edit post

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.

| edit post

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.

| edit post

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.

| edit post

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.

| edit post

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.

| edit post

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!

| edit post

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).

| edit post

November Pic of the Vine

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 0 comments

Post-harvest is a special time in the vineyard notes resident photographer Richard Duval. His November vineyard prowls included this morning visit to the rolling rows of Spring Valley Vineyard, just north of Walla Walla, long a favorite shooting site.

“With the grapes pulled and the temperature starting its downward slide, the vines begin to settle down for their long winter’s sleep,” Duval said. “But in what could almost be described as a salute to a great season, the vines marshal their waning energy for one last, glorious burst of color - a finale to fall and a forerunner to winter. Enjoy!”

Click on the picture to see a larger image. See previous Pic of the Vine images here.

| edit post

A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from November 1st to 7th 2014. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the world…

The Globe and Mail writes about the 2012 Charles & Charles Post No. 35 Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah.


From around the country…

At Wine Spectator, Matt Kramer gives a shout out to Oregon wine.

Orange Coast Magazine writes about the H3 Cabernet Sauvignon.

| edit post

2014 Harvest Collage

Friday, November 7, 2014 0 comments

The harvest season in Washington provided resident photographer Richard Duval ample photo opportunities as he crisscrossed the state taking it all in. Selecting just one image from his travels would be near impossible so Duval assembled this collage.

“From Yakima Valley to Walla Walla to Chelan, I got up close to the magic that begins with the hard work of harvest,” he said. “Now we have only to wait for the magic in the bottle.”

Click on the picture to see a larger image.

| edit post

Buckle your seatbelts for a round-up of stories on Northwest wine from October 8th to 31st. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the world…

Winnipeg Free Press writes about Pursued by Bear.


From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes about the passing of Eric Dunham. At the magazine, Harvey Steiman writes that big name Burgundians have arrived in the Willamette Valley, writes about Oregon Riesling, and writes about the next wave of Oregon vineyards.

| edit post

The pendulum in Washington has been swinging far and wide of late. 2010 saw the coolest vintage since 1999. 2011 was even cooler still, for some growers, their coolest vintage on record. 2012 was then a year that tracked to 20-year heat accumulation averages. 2013 was one of the warmest years on record. 2014 has been warmer still and for many sites, their warmest vintage on record.

The white wines from each of these vintages have been reflective of these differences. 2010 and 2011 brought some thrilling white wines, some of the best I've had from the state, with good intensity of fruit flavors and noticeably higher acid levels (read a summary of 2010 whites and a summary of 2011 whites). The 2012 white wines meanwhile were markedly higher in alcohol than recent years, with many labeled north of 14%. The reasons for this are not entirely clear given how average the year was in terms of heat accumulation. Still, a great many high quality white wines were produced that vintage, with Chardonnay in particular showing well (read a summary of 2012 whites).

| edit post

Follow

TN Database


Tasting Note Database Read an explanation of the fields here. Last updated 7/15/2014.

Blog Archive