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.

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    Change in Responsibilities at Wine Enthusiast

    I am pleased to announce that, as of October 1st, my tasting responsibilities for Wine Enthusiast will expand to include reviewing wines for all of Washington as well as the Oregon sides of the Walla Walla Valley and Columbia Valley. This will obviously significantly impact what is posted in this space.

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    Submissions

    Washington Wine Report is dedicated to the wines and wineries of the Pacific Northwest. Samples received from other regions may or may not be reviewed at the discretion of the editor. All wines are reviewed by Sean P. Sullivan. Read about how wines are rated and reviewed here. For information on how to submit wines, please contact Sean at wawinereport@gmail.com.

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    Betz Family Winery looks to raise the bar

    “2012 is a watershed vintage for us,” said Steve Griessel, co-owner of Betz Family Winery, about the winery’s latest releases. “We wanted to take quality to the next level.” To do so, the Betz team took a new approach in evaluating its wines. In previous years, each barrel received an evaluative score that was used to assess quality.

    1 readers - By Washington Wine Report

    Northwest Wine Round-up September 1st to 7th 2014

    A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from September 1st to 7th. Read previous round-ups here. From around the world… National Post writes about the International Pinot Noir Celebration. From around the country… The Washington Post writes about crowdsourced wines. Forbes gives five destinations for wine lovers. Orange Coast magazine writes about Formaglini Vineyards. At Wine Business.

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    Northwest Wine Round-up August 8th to 31st 2014

    Buckle your seat belts! An extended round-up of stories on Northwest wine from August 8th to 31st. Read previous round-ups here. From around the world… Courier Islander (British Columbia) writes about Washington wine. The Toronto Star says to head to Washington and Oregon for top notch sips. Hamilton Spectator (Ontario) writes about the Elk Cove Pinot Gris.

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    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

    Northwest Wine Round-up July 22nd July 31st 2014

    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.

    13 readers - By Washington Wine Report
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    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
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