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    In search of - Winemaker, distributor, and retailer thoughts on the effects of Initiative 1183

    I am currently working on an article on the state of the Washington wine landscape two-plus years after the implementation of Initiative 1183. This initiative privatized liquor sales and made a number of other changes to the sta ...

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

    Native Sun, Purple Star wines find home near Red Mountain

    Amy and Kyle Johnson own and operate Terra Vinum, the parent company for their Purple Star and Native Sun brands. They will produce both wines at their new facility in Benton City, Wash. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) BENTON CITY, Wash. — Soft-spoken Kyle Johnson, one of Washington state’s most talented winemakers, is no longer a vagabond vintner.

    9 readers - By Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest Wine

      Washington wine community mourns, remembers Eric Dunham

      Great Northwest Wine - - 8 readers - Eric Dunham of Dunham Cellars is remembered by the Washington wine community as a talented winemaker, a gregarious personality and friend to all. (Photo courtesy of Dunham Cellars) WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Most of the Washington wine industry stood still in shock and sadness Friday upon hearing the news that one of its most creative and cherished winemakers died.

      Wine of the Week: Skylite Cellars 2009 Syrah @skylitecellars

      Wild 4 Washington Wine - - 8 readers - You had me at first sip... Sometimes I forget to take advantage of living in wine country. Life and responsibility take center stage. Then I remember how close I live to the wealth of Washington wine country. Minutes and not many miles from home, I have access to some of the best wines made in the world. It's all right here in Southeastern Washington.

      Final harvest for Paul Champoux

      Great Northwest Wine - - 7 readers - Paul Champoux looks at his 1972 block of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Horse Heaven Hills. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) ALDERDALE, Wash. – In the next few weeks, one of Washington’s most talented and respected grape growers will harvest his last cluster of grapes. The 2014 harvest will be Paul Champoux’s last.

      Northwest Wine Round-up September 15th to 22st 2014

      Washington Wine Report - - 7 readers - A round-up of stories on Northwest wine from September 15th to 21st. Read previous round-ups here. From around the world… Jamaica The Gleaner writes about Washington wine. The Toronto Sun writes about Charles & Charles. From around the country… Wine Spectator writes about Drew Bledsoe’s Doubleback.

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      Washington wine community mourns, remembers Eric Dunham

      …. In 1999, Dunham added a Syrah to its lineup, a red wine that turned out to be one of the best in Washington. The 2000 vintage won a Platinum in Wine Press Northwest magazine’s year-end best-of-the-best competition, and the 2001 won a unanimous Double Platinum. The 2002 won a Double Gold, and Dunham made two Syrahs starting with the 2003 vintage, both…

      8 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Eric Dunham: On Mourning Those We Barely Knew…

      …. And so it is with Eric. Eric’s Lewis Vyd. Syrah Label I love Washington; irrationally much. And I taste very few wines from this state that are just bad, wrong, and worthless. But those do tend to cluster. Two years ago, on an otherwise forgettable mid-week day at my office, I had visits from five wine reps and one winemaker. I tasted about 30…

      4 readers - By The Pour Fool

      From Napa to Idaho: Coiled Wines’ twisted tale

      … blend, Petite Sirah Coiled Wines Petit Verdot from the 2013 vintage ages in barrel. The wine is destined for Black Mamba, a red blend by Leslie Preston. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Preston’s red blend, called Black Mamba, has given her latitude to play with different grape varieties. It started out with a focus on Tempranillo. Now its…

      2 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Proper 2012 Estate Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

      … itself a micro-winery. Their focus is Syrah and… Syrah. They certainly have picked a premier location for the grape. The wine is a dark ruby color. Despite the decanting, this took some time to evolve in the glass. With my first sip, I was unable to get a good reading on it, but as the decanter slowly emptied, I was appreciating its style…

      5 readers - By Toledo Wines and Vines

      15th Platinum Judging begins today

      … Judging begins today in the heart of Washington wine country. About 600 wines – all of which have won gold medals somewhere in the world – will be judged one more time to determine “the best of the best in the Great Northwest.” The competition is put on by Wine Press Northwest magazine and takes place at the Clover Island Inn, a hotel overlooking…

      3 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Tasting history: a Harrison Hill vertical

      …. This exudes aromas and flavors of sage, dried thyme and Rainier cherry. On the palate, it’s still youthful, round and luscious, backed with impressive acidity, elegant tannins and a lengthy finish. DeLille Cellars 2005 Harrison Hill, Yakima Valley: Grown in a hot year that also witnessed a drought throughout the Columbia Valley, the 2005 Harrison…

      1 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Uncorked Ventures Wine Club

      … wine country to bring you the very best wines that few people have ever heard of. Mark (@WineClubGuy) and I connected on Twitter, and after bantering back and forth for a long time, he sent me a few bottles to try out. Tasting Notes: Cinque Insieme ("Five Together") 2011 Dry Creek Valley Grenache: transparent garnet with ruby highlights; shy…

      3 readers - By Kovas Palubinskas/ 50 States of Wine

      History, mystery in Harrison Hill Vineyard

      … were harvested along with several other vineyards – including Upland Vineyard. “Five acres doesn’t even fill the hoses at Ste. Michelle,” said Chris Upchurch, winemaker and partner for DeLille Cellars in Woodinville. DeLille and Harrison Hill Chris Upchurch is the winemaker for DeLille Cellars. Thanks to a tip from David Lake, Upchurch was able…

      4 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Fries Family Wines creates program for non-profits

      …., a recent Give & Taste selection was the 2012 Estate Syrah from Washington’s Wahluke Slope. Each guest tasting that wine directed their fee to go to either the Henderson House to assist victims of domestic and sexual violence, the Wetlands Conservancy or the Willamette Valley Humane Society. At the Desert Wind Winery tasting room in Prosser, Wash…

      4 readers - By Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest Wine

      Wine of the Week: Skylite Cellars 2009 Syrah @skylitecellars

      … stone cobble that was once the bed of the Walla Walla River. There is a great deal of excitement surrounding this sub-appellation of the Walla Walla AVA. For more information see: Tasting Room Magazine, "Walla Walla Valley: A Matter Of Rocks" By Sean P. Sullivan. Walla Walla Lifestyles, "Walla Walla Celebrates Syrah" By Andy Perdue, May 2014…

      8 readers - By William Pollard/ Wild 4 Washington Wine

      Nothing Says Washington Wine like Waterbrook

      … By Roger Killen In Fall Wine Reviews Oct 14th, 2014 0 Comments 13 Views * Anyone who has been to Washington State and left the luscious green confines of the western part can tell you; once you travel through the mighty Cascade Mountains, you are entering a high elevation desert. That’s because Eastern Washington is a rugged landscape…

      1 readers - By Roger Killen/ What's in the Bottle?

      Like A Kid In The Candy Store…

      … about 3 hours available to taste. I had a bit of a trouble programing my GPS, so I just put whatever address it took. When I arrived to the area called Woodinville Industrial Park, and electronic voice proclaimed the familiar “you have arrived at your destination”, my first reaction was “wow”! How would you, wine geeks and aficionados out there, feel…

      1 readers - By Talk-A-Vino

      Winners from inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition

      … by Alexandrine Roy, a fourth-generation winemaker from Burgundy, France. Other gold medal winners came from nearby Cathedral Ridge Winery and Maryhill Winery. The competition was conducted by Great Northwest Wine at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River. The judges included wine professionals from Oregon, Washington and California. Best of show…

      6 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine
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