Columbia Valley

    Compelling wines from Savage Grace

    …. It reminded me of a Washington state wine and in an absolutely horrible comparison, had a uniqueness of flavor such as Boushey Syrah can provide. ***(*) Now-2018. 2013 Savage Grace Wines, Cabernet Franc, Copeland Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills – $25 This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc sourced from vines located around 1,300 feet in elevation…

    4 readers - By Aaron Nix Gomez/ Hogshead - A Wine Blog

    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Red Blend 2011

    … is the largest wine producer in Washington (other labels include 14 Hands, Red Diamond, Erath and Snoqualmie). Their wines range from very expensive to value priced and a few years back a $40 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon was named Wine Spectators wine of the year. This grape varietals in this Red Blend were fermented separately (both oak…

    4 readers - By CHEAP WINE FINDER

    Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $11

    … Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $11 By Great Northwest Wine on September 13, 2014 Best Buy! The stated stylistic approach to Pinot Gris by head winemaker Bob Bertheau is one that “falls between the lighter Italian Pinot Grigio and the richer, rounder Pinot Gris from Alsace.” This does that, starting with a floral…

    8 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

    Roller Girl 2013 Pivot Blanc, Columbia Valley, $14

    … Roller Girl 2013 Pivot Blanc, Columbia Valley, $14 By Great Northwest Wine on September 13, 2014 Best Buy! The name of this production by SuLei Cellars may lead some into believing it’s a Pinot Blanc. While “pivot” refers to a roller derby position and a previous version of this wine blended Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc…

    4 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

    Beast 2011 Wildebeest, Columbia Valley, $25

    … Beast 2011 Wildebeest, Columbia Valley, $25 By Great Northwest Wine on September 12, 2014 Nina Buty’s Rockgarden Estate Vineyard in the soon-to-be-established The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater American Viticultural Area factors into this blend that could also be labeled as Syrah (77%) in most states. Cabernet Sauvignon (14…

    6 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

    Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15

    …Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15 By Great Northwest Wine on September 12, 2014 Best Buy! Head red winemaker Ray McKee shines with this expansive and expressive Cab, a product of a tremendous vintage and his first trial with the new VitiSort optical sorter, which removes material other the grape (MOG). The blend…

    1 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

    Great Northwest Destinations: Alexandria Nicole Cellars

    … and other special guests are allowed in. “I wanted to provide something extra for (wine club members),” Boyle said. “Something exclusive. The hidden door is kind of fun, and people really like it.” Nearly a decade ago, Boyle was one of the first Columbia Valley wineries to open a second tasting room in Woodinville. He started in the Warehouse…

    4 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

    Maryhill Winery 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $22

    …Maryhill Winery 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $22 By Great Northwest Wine on September 11, 2014 The Leutholds continue to build upon their winery’s reputation not only by having hired talented winemakers over the years, but also with their long-standing relationships with many of the state’s top growers, and the Milbrandt brothers supplied…

    10 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

    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. My plan is as follows: Existing submissions…

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

    Submissions

    … at wawinereport@gmail.com. Editor's Note: As of October 2014, I am reviewing all Washington wines, as well as wines from the Oregon sides of the Walla Walla Valley and Columbia Valley, at Wine Enthusiast magazine. This means that I will no longer be formally reviewing Washington wines in this space. Rather, I will be posting either impressionistic…

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

    Wine in Idaho: Telaya Wines

    … they envisioned their future. After much consideration and having agreed on their mutual love of wine, Earl came up with the name Telaya (combining “Teton” with “playa”), and their next adventure was borne. The pair came to know a group of winemakers in Washington State who helped them strike partnerships to make wine using Columbia Valley fruit. In the fall…

    5 readers - By Lauren Mowery/ CHASING THE VINE

    Betz Family Winery looks to raise the bar

    … about global wine,” Griessel said. “His palate is fantastic but he’s equally at home driving a forklift or topping barrels. We’re really excited to have him as part of the team.” All wines sampled at 62 degrees. Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz Red Wine Columbia Valley 2011 $55 (Excellent) The aromatics bring you immediately to Bordeaux where…

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

    Long Shadows Vintners: 2011 Sequel Syrah [Wow! Alert]

    …By Kori ~ September 10th, 2014. Founded by Washington wine pioneer Allen Shoup, Long Shadows Vintners is a collection of ultra-premium wineries comprised of internationally acclaimed winemakers from the major wine regions of the world. Each winemaker is a partner in a unique winery dedicated to producing a single Columbia Valley wine representing…

    8 readers - By Wine Peeps

    Barnard Griffin 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17

    … Barnard Griffin 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17 By Eric Degerman on September 9, 2014 Traditionally, this wine under its erstwhile tulip label was found in grocery stores for less than $15, which makes this a Best Buy! That’s an outstanding bargain as Rob Griffin pulls from Alder Ridge, Black Rock, Lonesome Spring Ranch and his estate…

    7 readers - By Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest Wine