August Pic of the Vine

    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 ...

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    Old school! Recent print publications

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

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    Fresh Sheet August 7th 2014

    Today’s Fresh Sheet – reviews of new and recent releases – includes wines from Andrew Will, Tulpen Cellars, Long Shadows, Boomtown by Dusted Valley, Auclair Winery, L’Ecole No 41, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, Domaine Pouillon, Stottle Winery, Buty, and Cadaretta. Andrew Will The 2011 vintage releases from Andrew Will are among the more fascinating wines to come out of the vintage.

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    Andrew Januik follows in father’s footsteps

    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.

    19 readers - By Washington Wine Report

    Five Wines Under $15 - The Resurrection

    In a resurrection of the Five Wines Under $15 column, we make up for lost time with a jumbo-sized edition looking at wines from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (we'll do the same with other wineries next month). SMWE is the umbrella company for a number of wineries and brands including Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, 14 Hands, and Snoqualmie among many others.

    8 readers - By Washington Wine Report

    Fresh Sheet July 30th 2014

    Today's Fresh Sheet – reviews of new and recent releases – includes wines from Avennia, William Church Winery, Matthews, Tenor Wines, Two Vintners, Covington Cellars, Renegade Wine Co. & Modern Wine Project, Palencia Wine Company, Sol Stone, and Native Sun. Avennia The latest releases from Avennia continue an impressive string for the winery.

    15 readers - By Washington Wine Report

    July Pic of the Vine

    In eastern Washington, flowers and vines are showing off their summer colors. “You’ll often see beds of flowers at the end of vineyard rows," said resident photographer Richard Duval ...

    1 readers - By Washington Wine Report

    Northwest Wine Round-up July 8th to 14th 2014

    A round up of stories on Northwest wine from July 8th to July 14th.  Read previous round-ups here. From around the country… Time writes that Washington state wine is the new Bordeaux. Wine Spectator writes about the purchase of Wines of Substance by Charles Smith. They also write about Massachusetts passing a direct shipping law with a push from Drew Bledsoe (Doubleback).

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    Veraison in eastern Washington

    Veraison - the changing of color of the grapes - is underway in eastern Washington. This picture from Lacey Lybeck (@LaceyLybeck) shows veraison in Malbec at Milbrandt Vineyards' Clifton Hills Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. Lybeck also noted veraison occurring in Merlot at both Clifton Bluffs and Clifton Hills.

    4 readers - By Washington Wine Report

    July Virtual Tasting - Milbrandt 2013 Traditions Pinot Gris

    The July Virtual Tasting wine is the 2013 Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Pinot Gris. This wine retails for $13 and is widely available. The tasting will take place on Wednesday July 23rd (Please note, this is a week earlier than our typical tastings). What you need to do to participate is: 1. Buy this month’s wine from the winery or a local retailer (see below) 2.

    18 readers - By Washington Wine Report
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