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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 ...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from July 15th to July 21st. Read previous round-ups here. From around the country... The San Jose Mercury News writes about Red Mountain reds. The Lowell Sun writes that Bledsoe's on the mark with Doubleback. The Lima News (Ohio) writes about the Walla Walla Valley. Decanter.com writes that thieves face prison after $650,000 wine heist. Wine Business.
The July Virtual Tasting is tonight! The wine is the 2013 Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Pinot Gris. This wine retails for $13 and is widely available. The tasting will take place from 7-8pm Pacific tonight, Wednesday July 23rd ...
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).
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.
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.