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    Wine Review: Mercer Wine Estates 2012 Chardonnay @MercerEstates

    Fixing that Chardonnay Craving  My #winemuse Podcast partner Linda Rez and I have been discussing the topic of Chardonnay. Our discussion became so involved we decided to record a special #winemuse Podcast show featuring Chardonnay - to be recorded soon.

    21 readers - By Wild 4 Washington Wine

    Walla Walla: Pioneers, Next Gen, Foreign Legion & Millennials

    Harvard business professor Michael Porter famously conceived of a “cluster” theory of “competitive advantage.” It isn’t one thing that makes a regional industry successful, he said, but rather it involves the dynamic interaction of a network of forces and factors that, when they come together, create an environment where all are successful.

    17 readers - By The Wine Economist

      August Brings the Auction of Washington Wines

      Write for Wine - - 12 readers - One of our favorite summer events is the Auction of Washington Wines, a glamorous and fun weekend that benefits Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Washington Wine Education Foundation. This August marks the 27th year of the event, which has raised more than $30 million since 1988. The weekend kicks off early with the Picnic & Barrel Auction at Chateau Ste. Michelle on Aug.

      Auction of Washington Wines toasts Seattle Seahawks kicker, Lombardi Trophy

      Great Northwest Wine - - 6 readers - Steven Hauschka, placekicker for the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, is joined on stage, left to right, by Marty Clubb of L’Ecole No. 41 and auctioneers Fritz Hatton and Ursula Hermancinski on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Hauschka’s appearance with the Vince Lombardi Trophy was among the highlights at The Wine Gala, the finale for the Auction of Washington Wines.

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      A Week Of Wine - Catching Up

      … of the winery, Jan Kux as well as a Washington winemaker, James Mantone of Syncline Wine Cellars. I will also post my tasting notes for this wine too. Wednesday August 20, 2014 Skylite Cellars. I spent the afternoon in Walla Walla, Washington. My first stop was at Skylite Cellars. It was a wonderful, interesting and engaging tasting. They have…

      By Wild 4 Washington Wine

      The Great Pacific Northwest; Washington State

      …Every student of wine knows that next to California, Washington state produces the most vitis vinifera wine in the country. In 1987 there were fewer than 100 wineries in Washington. Today there are over 800. The success of the European vine in Washington state is in part due to something that happened 10,000 years ago, and that is the Missoula…

      By From Vinho Verde to Barolo with Love

      2014 Washington wine grape harvest begins

      … for Washington State University in Richland. “The big advantage Marquette has is it’s super cold hardy,” Henick-Kling told Great Northwest Wine. “It’s good to minus-40, not something you have to worry about in the Horse Heaven Hills.” Champoux planted a half-acre of Marquette in 2011 on a lark. He attended Marquette High School in Yakima, and when he saw…

      2 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Auction of Washington Wines toasts Seattle Seahawks kicker, Lombardi Trophy

      … for the Auction of Washington Wines. The three-day event has raised more than $30 million since 1988 for Seattle Children’s Hospital and wine research at Washington State University. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) WOODINVILLE, Wash. — Steven Hauschka, placekicker for the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, generated the biggest…

      6 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Washington wine industry prepares for another record vintage

      … Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Sagemoor Vineyards are crushed at Barnard Griffin winery in Richland to kick off the 2012 harvest. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Expect another record year for the Washington wine industry when the 2014 harvest is completed. Last year’s record 212,000 tons in Washington wine country will likely…

      7 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Figgins Family Wine Estates takes pride in Old World approach with young vines

      … Chris Figgins and Tank, his young wirehaired pointing griffon, lead a group of visitors to Figgins Estate Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley on Thursday, June 19, 2014. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) WALLA WALLA, Wash. — At almost 1,700 feet elevation, Figgins Estate Vineyard sits as high in the Blue Mountains as any other site…

      9 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Wine Review: Mercer Wine Estates 2012 Chardonnay @MercerEstates

      … and arranging interviews with some of the best winemakers on the west coast. After our last interview, I was feeling some strong cravings for a glass of Chardonnay. But what to buy? One of the reflexives I have developed, after seven years of reviewing wine, is that I tend to purchase wines I don't know. Faced with a wall of wine, I typically select…

      21 readers - By Wild 4 Washington Wine

      Wine Review: Stottle Winery 2011 Malbec - Horse Heaven Hills @stottlewinery

      … A Stylish Washington Malbec.  Malbec is another of the varietals Washington winemakers have embraced. Strongly associated with fine wines from Argentina, Malbec is a red wine varietal originally from the Bordeaux region of France. Stottle Winery has crafted a truly stylish Washington Malbec. A fragrant food worthy wine. The smart label design…

      1 readers - By Wild 4 Washington Wine

      Walla Walla’s Next Step: The SeVein Vineyard Project

      …   Previous columns have argued that a critical mass of wine energy has indeed been reached in Walla Walla and it is interesting to watch ways the four groups I identified, Pioneers, Next Generation, Foreign Legion and Millennials, compete, cooperate and collectively build the region’s reputation. Walla Walla is a farming community at heart…

      1 readers - By The Wine Economist

      Walla Walla: Pioneers, Next Gen, Foreign Legion & Millennials

      … in forming partnerships with the Antinori and Loosen wineries when he headed Chateau Ste Michelle, continued to attract international talent, investment and attention with his Long Shadows project.  John Duval, Michel Rolland and many other international wine stars each make a wine with Washington grapes at Long Shadows. The Millennials Several…

      17 readers - By The Wine Economist

      August Brings the Auction of Washington Wines

      … One of our favorite summer events is the Auction of Washington Wines, a glamorous and fun weekend that benefits Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Washington Wine Education Foundation. This August marks the 27th year of the event, which has raised more than $30 million since 1988. The weekend kicks off early with the Picnic & Barrel…

      12 readers - By Write for Wine

      Quiet Mastery: Walla Walla's Mackey Vineyards

      …The Washington wine business attracts all kinds. Meticulous engineers who got into wine because they enjoyed the finer things in life, but were captivated by the science behind it. Foodies and amateur chefs who loved what wines did for their meals, and their quality of life and even the odd millionaire who made their fortune and sought…

      2 readers - By The Northwest Wine Anthem

      Wine Review: Mackey Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

      …. Palate: Medium bright, currant, tart edges, cherry tart, vanilla. Bright at opening. After 30 minutes bakers chocolate with orange notes on the finish - fresh. At 60 minutes the wine began to open up, drier and fuller on the palate. At two hours held steady. Magic window was three hours. Smooth, integrated, earthy read fruit, violets, cigar box, cumin…

      7 readers - By Wild 4 Washington Wine

      Double Canyon-New Winemaker, New Wine

      … We recently became big fans of Double Canyon, established just seven years ago in Horse Heaven Hills, and named for the two ravines that run through the property in central Washington state. Double Canyon’s first wine, a 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Double Canyon Vineyard, was awarded 93 points from Wine Spectator. Earlier this year…

      6 readers - By Write for Wine