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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
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  • To help you plan trips to wine country
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Cabernet back on top as the state’s most produced grape

In somewhat of a surprise, wine grape production in Washington contracted slightly in 2015 to 222,000 tons, down 2% from the prior year. The decrease was largely a result of a drop in white wine grape production, which decreased 8%. Riesling saw the most dramatic decrease, from 50,500 tons in 2014 down to 44,100 tons.

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

From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes about the sale of Seven Hills Winery.

Minnesota Monthly writes about Washington wine at the Minnesota Food & Wine Experience.

San Antonio Current writes about rogue reds.

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Wines of the Month – January 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016 2 comments

A look at some of the top wines from my tastings this month. Formal reviews to be published in Wine Enthusiast.


Starting off an inaugural 'Wines of the Month' column and I can't imagine better wines to do it with. Winemaker Morgan Lee at Two Vintners in Woodinville has always impressed with wines that display a combination of quality and value. However, Lee’s 2013 releases take things to a new level. The four wines below are all (very) highly recommended. They are easily some of the most exciting wines I've come across in the past few months and only pick up steam on the second and third day.

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Pic of the Vine - January 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016 0 comments

At the height of the season, Washington vineyards burst with color and sheer beauty. Winter? That’s a different story. Vines shut down for a long sleep and color is fleeting and muted. But there is beauty to be found. Resident photographer Richard Duval captured this winterscape of Riesling at rest from Pepper Bridge Vineyard in Walla Walla.

“Winter is crucial to healthy vines and great grapes,” he noted. “Relying on energy stored through the growing season, vines can weather the cold, which, in fact, helps produce higher quality grapes come the new season.”

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

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from January 15th to 21st 2016. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the world…

Decanter writes about Jackson Family purchase Oregon property.


From around the country…

Wine Enthusiast writes about Oregon’s golden era.

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

From around the country…

Los Angeles Magazine writes aboutCharles Smith.

The Marco Island Times (Florida) writes about Milbrandt.

Trefis writes that Altria’s wine segment is a top performer.

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The January/February issue of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine has three articles I wrote. The first two, as noted earlier in the week, are harvest reports for Washington and Oregon. The third is an article looking at how the Willamette Valley is adjusting to a changing climate.

See other recent publications, most with web or downloadable links, here.

Enjoy!

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The following is excerpted from the January/February issue of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine.
Washington

“The overwhelming factor in 2015 in Washington was heat,” said winemaker Mike Macmorran of Mark Ryan Winery in Woodinville. “It was relentless.”

Indeed, many viticulture regions saw record heat, with Red Mountain accumulating more than 3,900 growing degree-days, and even cooler regions such as the Yakima Valley getting more than 3,150. Starting in February, temperatures were considerably above average, leading to an advancement of all markers of the growing season.

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Back to the business of blogging. A round-up of articles on Northwest wine from January 1st to 7th 2016. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

The New York Times says Oregon Pinot Noir delivers an element of surprise.

Wine Spectator says the excitement right now is in Oregon.

The Minneapolis Star recommends the Underwood Pinot Gris.

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The December issue of Wine Enthusiast has an article I wrote on young, up-and-coming Washington winemakers. You can read the article here. Additionally, the Winter edition of Washington Tasting Room magazine has an article I wrote on the year in Washington wine. You can read this article here.


See a complete list of print publications, most web web links, here

Enjoy!

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Pic of the Vine - December 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 0 comments

With harvest a quickly fading memory, vineyard managers turn their attention to preparing the vines for a long winter’s sleep. And while winter vineyards might not resound with the vivid colors of summer, there is something alluring about slumbering rows amidst a blanket of white.

Resident photographer Richard Duval captured such a scene at Benson Vineyards in picturesque Lake Chelan. “A bit of sun brought some warm color to the vineyard rows standing like sentries on this chilly day,” he noted. “A near-perfect example of how proper winter prep will lead to the greens of spring.”

Click on the picture to see a larger image. Enjoy!

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Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Lists

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 0 comments

Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Top 100 lists for 2015 have been released. The magazine has three lists that related to wine: Top 100 Best Buys, Top 100 Cellar Selections, and the Enthusiast 100. Northwest wines are well represented on each list, as indicated below (click on the links to see the entire list). The Washington reviews were from yours truly and the Oregon reviews from my colleague Paul Gregutt.

Enjoy!

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Old school! Recent print publications

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 0 comments

The November/December issue of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine has an article I wrote on the growth of the Northwest wine industry. You can read the article here.

See a list of other publications, most with downloadable links, here.

Enjoy!

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

From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes about how wines age under screwcaps.

The Sacramento Bee writes about Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

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Bins are stacked. Pickers have moved on. Leaves are turning color as vines prepare for winter. Resident photographer Richard Duval captured this last action of harvest at a Red Mountain vineyard earlier this month. A colorful end to a most colorful season.

Click on the picture to see a larger image. Enjoy!

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

From around the country…

Wine Spectator talks with Ken Wright.

The Washington Post recommends Tenet Wines.

Shanken Daily News writes about growth at Ste. Michelle.

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While for some wineries the 2015 harvest season is at its end, others are still crushing and pressing fruit. Resident photographer Richard Duval captured this old-fashioned hand press hard at work at Auclair Winery in Woodinville's Warehouse District. Click on the picture to see a larger image.

Enjoy!

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

From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes that not all wet years in Oregon are created equal.

The Wall Street Journal writes that Oregon vineyards attract out of state buyers. They also writes at home with Oregon vineyard owners.

The Washington Post writes about Finn River’s Spirited Apple Wine.

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Playing catchup, a mega round-up of stories on Northwest wine from August 15th through September 30th. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the world…

Decanter writes about an Oregon producer filing a lawsuit over pesticide drift.

Harper’s UK writes about UK marketing efforts helping to boost exports of Oregon wine.

Canada Metro writes about Oregon wine.

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In a triumphant return, a round-up of articles on Northwest wine from October 1st to 14th 2015. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the world…

Australia Business Insider recommends visiting the Willamette Valley.


From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes that Charles Smith makes it in Seattle.

The Wall Street Journal writes about what goes on in a wine tasting room through the eyes of Chateau Ste Michelle.

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Our weekly Harvest 2015 Pic of the Vine comes from the Yakima Valley. Resident photographer Richard Duval captured a colorful morning’s harvest of Sangiovese at Paradisos del Sol, led by winegrower Paul Vandenberg.

Click on the picture to see a larger image. Enjoy!

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Resident photographer Richard Duval captured winemaker Kevin Correll of Barrage Cellars strapping down two tons of Cabernet Franc grapes just picked from Yakima's famed Red Willow vineyard! Click on the picture to see a larger image.

Enjoy!

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Old school! Recent print publications

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 0 comments

The September/October issue of Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine has an article I wrote on Washington's new Wine Science Center. You can read the article here (Note: Opens .pdf). Additionally, as previously noted, the September issue of Seattle Metropolitan contains this year's Top 100 Washington wines article.


Enjoy!

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Our weekly Pic of the Vine, Harvest 2015 as captured by resident photographer Richard Duval is of Syrah from Force Majeure's estate vineyard. Click on the picture to see a larger image.

Enjoy!

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The September issue of Seattle Metropolitan magazine which contains this year's Top 100 Washington wines is now available on-line. You can read the introduction to the article here. As in recent years, the list is broken down into various sub-lists. These are:

Top 10 wines
Top Bordeaux-style blends
Top Grenache
Top Syrah
Top Merlot
Top Cabernet Sauvignon

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