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Sean P. Sullivan

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Bud break has begun on eastern Washington. This picture is of Nebbiolo, which broke on March 23rd at Windrow Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. The second image is of Merlot from the same site.

Windrow Vineyard and Tero Estates co-owner Jan Roskelley, who took the pictures, said this is about two weeks ahead of historical averages. In 2012 - a year with heat accumulation that tracked closely to 20-year averages, we posted images of Windrow Nebbiolo bud break on April 6th. It looks like 2016 will be the fourth consecutive early start to Washington's growing season.

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The 2016 Washington State Wine Tour Guide has been released. I had the pleasure of authoring two articles in this year's guide. The first is titled "Then and Now: A history of Washington wine" and starts on page 29. The second is on the "Walla Walla Valley" and begins on page 87.

You can see the entire guide here.


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This past week I had the opportunity to attend ProWein in Düsseldorf, Germany. It was quite an experience, with over 5,000 winery exhibitors from around the world and 50,000+ attendees. Here are a few quick hit impressions from the show.

1. It’s a big wine world out there

If ever there were any doubt about how much wine is out there in the world and how much competition there is, attending ProWein would quickly remove it. Over 50 different countries were represented, from well-known regions like France to up-and-comers like Uruguay.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from March 1st to 14th 2016. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Shanken Daily News writes that Oregon wine’s US sales will cross 3M cases. They also write about Kobrand launching Resonance Wines.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says that the Cadence Coda is the Chalize Theron of wine.

Wine Enthusiast writes that the Willamette Valley AVA gets bigger. They also write about Andrew Beckham.

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A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from February 22nd to 29th. Read previous round-ups here.

From around the country…

Wine Enthusiast writes about urban wineries, with callouts to Charles Smith and Eight Bells (Seattle section by yours truly).

Wines and Vines writes about the Northwest dealing with large harvests.

Wine Spectator writes about wineries opting for cork.

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Below are my Wine Enthusiast reviews for March 2016. Wines are listed alphabetically by winery. Read additional information on how I review wines here. All of these reviews are freely available on-line at the Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide. There is also a freely available Wine Enthusiast Tasting Guide app. See previous Wine Enthusiast reviews re-published in this space here. Search Wine Enthusiast's on-line database here.

A lot of exciting wines in the March issue. Sleight of Hand Cellars - already a consistent standout producer - has crafted some of their best wines to date, with the Sleight of Hand 2013 The Sorceress Grenache Columbia Valley ($60, 93 points); 2013 Psychedelic Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley ($60, 95 points); and 2013 Levitation Syrah Columbia Valley ($45, 93 points)

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