Washington Wine Report is an independent publication focused on bringing Washington wine to you and bringing you to Washington 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

Sean P. Sullivan

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

From around the world…

The Toronto Star writes about 14 Hands.

From around the country...

The Atlantic writes about Walla Walla.

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In lieu of our regular Virtual Tasting this month, I would like to encourage everyone to grab a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and participate in #CabernetDay on Thursday August 29th. Started in 2010 by Social Media maven Rick Bakas, this event has blossomed since. 1,750 people participated the first year. In 2012 over 3,200 people participated making more than 21 million impressions.

Participation is easy. Simply grab a bottle of your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon on Thursday August 29th, pull together a few friends if you so wish, and tweet about the wine using the hashtag #CabernetDay. Follow the hashtag, which guarantees to be fast and furious with thousands of people tweeting around the world.

See you there!

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2012 Vintage Rosé Round-up

Thursday, August 22, 2013 2 comments

After two successive cooler vintages in 2010 and 2011, 2012 marked a return to warmer times in Washington’s vineyards. This is reflected in many of the vintage’s rosés.

While there are numerous exceptions, the 2012 rosés from Washington reviewed below – with a couple Oregon wines sprinkled in as well – tend to be richer and more fruit filled than their predecessors from the last two vintages. 2010 rosés in particular were often marked by higher levels of acidity. Some producers managed to retain good acidity in 2012 despite the warmer temperatures. Others did not.

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The August issue of WLX Wine and Dine Magazine has an article I wrote on actor Kyle MacLachlan and his ...pursued by bear project. You can read the article here.

Also, the August and September issues of Wine Enthusiast have a series of wine reviews for my areas of coverage for the magazine.


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The September issue of Seattle Metropolitan magazine is coming out this week and contains this year’s Top 100 Washington wines list. This is the fourth year that I’ve had the pleasure to write this article for the magazine.

This year’s list was drawn from over 600 submissions, meaning that making the list was more competitive than ever. Truly – were it not for space issues - we could have extended it to two hundred wines and still maintained an extraordinarily high level of quality.

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A round-up of stories on Washington wine from August 8th to 14th 2013. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Long Island Newsday writes about Charles and Charles launching their 2012 Chardonnay.

The Kansas City Star gives a list of Washington wineries to consider when choosing your next bottle.

The Cape Gazette writes about Washington Viognier.

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

From around the country...

The Kansas City Star writes that Washington state wineries offer a bounty of fine flavors.

Orange Coast writes about the Januik Cabernet.

From around the blogosphere...

Northwest Wine Anthem writes about Amavi Cellars

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Pic of the Vine - August 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 0 comments

It’s a fun time of year in the vineyards. Grapes are turning color but no harvest work yet (at least not in Washington). Mostly, this is the time to watch the grapes soak up the sun while imagining the wine that is in the offing. Washington's vineyards are where you’ll find contributing photographer Richard Duval just about any day between now and crush. Among his favorite spots? Red Mountain.

 “Washington is blessed with such beautiful vineyards, and Red Mountain is one of the jewels in the crown,” he said. “Much sun, great terroir, and a beauty that grows with each season. I captured this image at Portrait Cellars, and it has quickly become one of my favorites.” Click on the picture for a larger image.

See previous Pic of the Vine images here.

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

From around the country...

Wired Magazine shares an infographic on how global warming will change the face of winemaking.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer writes about the Charles & Charles Rose 2012.

Emporia Gazette writes about Riesling.

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Summary of posts for July 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013 0 comments
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WWR TN Database

See my Washington Wine Report Tasting Note Database. Read an explanation of the fields here. FINAL UPDATE 6/13/2015. See current Wine Enthusiast reviews here.

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