The March of the 2013 vintage white wines

    The pendulum in Washington has been swinging far and wide of late. 2010 saw the coolest vintage since 1999. 2011 was even cooler still, for some growers, their coolest vintage on record. 2012 was then a year that tracked to 20-year heat accumulation averages. 2013 was one of the warmest years on record. 2014 has been warmer still and for many sites, their warmest vintage on record.

    1 readers - By Sean P. Sullivan/ Washington Wine Report

    Fresh Sheet October 20th 2014

    Today’s Fresh Sheet – reviews of new and recent releases – includes wines from Kevin White Winery, Kerloo Cellars, Brian Carter Cellars, Columbia Crest, Long Shadows project wines, Guardian Cellars, Maryhill Winery and more. Note: These are reviews for wines received and sampled prior to October 1st when my responsibilities changed for Wine Enthusiast to cover all of Washington.

    1 readers - By Sean P. Sullivan/ Washington Wine Report

    The Northwest Chardonnay Renaissance

    There is no question that Chardonnay is in the midst of a renaissance in the Northwest. As I wrote last year, you can’t call it a comeback because Chardonnay never really left. Despite the Anything But Chardonnay movement of years past and a swing in styles from butter bombs to sleek stainless steel offerings and everything in between, Chardonnay has consistently been the most c ...

    2 readers - By Sean P. Sullivan/ Washington Wine Report

    Washington embraces another warm growing season

    Talking about the 2014 growing season in Washington, winemaker Josh Maloney of Milbrandt Vineyards summed it up by quoting the movie Biloxi Blues: “Man it's hot. It's like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn't take this kind of hot.” Indeed, 2014 has been another warm growing season in Washington. Most markers from budbreak through veraison have been approximately one to two weeks ahead o ...

    4 readers - By Sean P. Sullivan/ Washington Wine Report
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