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Sean P. Sullivan

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August Pic of the Vine

Sunday, August 31, 2014 0 comments

From the French term that means "the onset of ripening," véraison is the critical point in the growing season when wine grapes change color. While véraison is a signal to vineyard managers and winemakers that harvest is nigh, for resident photographer Richard Duval, it means one thing: color.

“Véraison is the checkered flag of the vineyard cycle,” Duval said. “It means the vines are digging in with all energy now churning toward ripening. The grape clusters explode with hues from silky greens to deep purple and that opens the palette for endless photo compositions.”

Duval captured this example at RockWall Cellars in Omak, Washington. Click on the picture to see a larger image.

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

From around the country...

Wine Enthusiast writes that NFL stars talk Washington State wine (article by yours truly).

St Louis Today writes about five unusual places to stay, including a wine barrel in Walla Walla.

From around the blogosphere...

The Wine Economist writes about the Walla Walla Valley’s next step: the SeVein project.

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In the September issue of Wine EnthusiastI interview former NFL quarterbacks Damon Huard and Dan Marino about their Washington wine project - Passing Time. Read the interview on-line here.

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


NB: The print version of this interview erroneously referred to the winery as being located in Walla Walla. This has been corrected in the on-line version.

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Fresh Sheet August 7th 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014 0 comments

Today’s Fresh Sheet – reviews of new and recent releases – includes wines from Andrew WillTulpen CellarsLong ShadowsBoomtown by Dusted ValleyAuclair WineryL’Ecole No 41Chateau Ste. MichelleColumbia CrestDomaine PouillonStottle WineryButy, and Cadaretta.

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It would not be an exaggeration to say that Andrew Januik has winemaking in his blood. Januik is the son of Washington winemaker Mike Januik (Januik Winery and Novelty Hill), who has been making wine in Washington for thirty years.

Andrew Januik first became involved in Januik and Novelty Hill in 2000 at age 13, helping out on weekends and during the summer. Come 2004, he worked his first harvest.

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

From around the country…

Wine Spectator talks with Kerry Shiels of Cote Bonneville and DuBrul Vineyard.

Capital Gazette writes about Cayuse Vineyards.

Wines & Vines writes that Northwest vintners take heat in stride.

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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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