Washington Wine Round-up - February 15th to 28th

Working my way backwards…

A summary of articles from February 15th to 28th on Washington wine. February 8th through 14th to follow.

From around the country…

Wine Spectator writes about recent efforts to ease restrictions on wine sales.

The San Francisco Chronicle writes about college winemaking efforts including Walla Walla Community College.

The Vancouver Voice writes about southwest Washington wineries.

The Stamford Times writes about Washington wine with callouts to Amavi, Andrew Will, Columbia Crest, and Ch. Ste. Michelle.

From the blogosphere…

Paul at Swordfern Wines takes a look at McCrea’s 2006 Syrah, JLC’s Spofford Station Syrah 2004, Betz' 1999 Clos de Betz, and L'Ecole's 2005 Columbia Valley Syrah. Swordfern also writes about the logic of the winery mailing list and the dilemma it can pose to the wine buyer.

Write for Wine writes about the upcoming Woodinville Passport. They also write about an Alexandria Nicole release event.

Boise Food Guild writes about Walla Walla's Saffron.

Through the Walla Walla Grapevine writes about Thirsty Pagans.

Wine Press NW writes about the Grand Harvest Awards.

Full Pour checks out Bunchgrass’ 2003 Founder’s Blend.

Seattle Wine Blog writes about the Taste of Washington in Phoenix.

Wine Peeps tries some Washington red blends and also writes about the Snipes Mountain AVA.

Beyond the Bottle takes a look at Mannina Cellars 2006 Sangiovese.

Travel with Terry writes about Cave B.

Wine Muse writes about Betz and Darby’s Dark Side.

The 89 Project writes about Washington Riesling.

Wild 4 Washington Wine writes about the 2006 Boomtown Syrah.

Doug and Josh at Wino do a taste off.

From the locals…

Spokane’s Spokesman writes about Precept Brands.

Paul Gregutt writes about Petit Syrah.

The Bellingham Herald writes about the recent increase in malbec bottling in Washington.

Sean P. Sullivan

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  1. Hi Sean,
    Saffron is alive and well in Walla Walla. The blog mentioned above shared an email sent out by Island and Chris thanking so many people for their success...it wasn't a notice of passing. Saffron continues to be a little bit of good news on the recently sad Walla Walla restaurant beat, let's hope they are around for a long, long time.

  2. I am very glad to hear this as I was under the mistaken impression that Saffron was among the restaurants in Walla Walla that have recently closed. I have updated the post accordingly. Many thanks.


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