Washington Wine

    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

      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.

      Col Solare, 2008 Red Wine, Columbia Valley

      Toledo Wines and Vines - - 8 readers - Col Solare is the partnership that brings together two recognized leaders in their respective regions: Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori and Washington State’s Chateau Ste. Michelle. The winery is nestled into the Red Mountains of Washington State. I was introduced to the brand while attending the Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla.

      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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      History, mystery in Harrison Hill Vineyard

      …Harrison Hill Vineyard is in the Snipes Mountain AVA in Washington’s Yakima Valley. Its oldest vines date back to 1962, and its history with wine grapes goes back a century. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) SUNNYSIDE, Wash. – Harrison Hill would barely qualify as a footnote in Washington wine history were it not for a nudge more than 20…

      4 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Fries Family Wines creates program for non-profits

      … tastings, which are of its widely distributed and consumer-priced Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. It does, however, charge for its small-lot tasting flight, but the $5 charge is refunded with the purchase of those wines. That Chardonnay became one of the featured wines sold at the Oregon Zoo concert series, and Duck Pond also was a part…

      4 readers - By Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest Wine

      Wine of the Week: Skylite Cellars 2009 Syrah @skylitecellars

      … later. Tasting Notes Skylite Cellars 2009 Syrah Color: Dark garnet. Nose: Blackberry, some funk, spice, violets, licorice. Palate: Yum, blueberry, spice, creamy, tarragon, lavender. At 10 minutes, round, fragrant, earthy, leather, coffee, fine tannin, balanced, impressive finish. At 20 minutes, smoky, fruity, medium body, creamy fluid, blueberry…

      8 readers - By William Pollard/ Wild 4 Washington Wine

      Nothing Says Washington Wine like Waterbrook

      …. The winery also got into the red blend game years ago and offers a delicious $15 all-purpose red, the 2012 Waterbrook Mélange. Made with the five classic Bordeaux varieties, the Mélange additionally has Grenache, Syrah and Carmenere grapes included. Only the scrumptious, fruit-lingering finish of the wine surpasses its immediate gratification…

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

      Like A Kid In The Candy Store…

      … one of those wines again and again. Lots of Bordeaux blends, few of the whites, a bit of Syrah – this was a general line up at all the wineries, and again, the wines were beautifully executed, balanced and with the sense of place. The local wines you would be glad to drink all the time. What I decided to do is not to produce a monster post trying…

      1 readers - By Talk-A-Vino

      Winners from inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition

      … Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Gorge, $25 Cerulean Skies 2010 Nebbiolo, Columbia Gorge, $30 Cerulean Skies 2010 Merlot, Columbia Gorge, $25 Coyote Wall 2013 TYKHE Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Gorge, $24 Domaine Poullion 2010 McKinley Springs Vineyard Pierre, Horse Heaven Hills, $26 Heart Catcher Wines 2011 Volcano Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel, Columbia Gorge…

      6 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Making a case for great Northwest Merlot

      … of greatness, particularly in Washington, where Merlot is the No. 2 red wine grape after Cabernet Sauvignon. One reason for Merlot’s second-class status is because the variety tends to grow aggressively, resulting in bushier vines and, thus, less-interesting fruit. However, in Washington’s arid Columbia Valley, Merlot struggles to survive. Sandy…

      5 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Ste. Michelle’s Bob Bertheau on Riesling, lots and lots of Riesling

      … and enrolled at the University of California-Davis, where he earned his master’s degree in the vaunted winemaking program. After graduation, Bertheau went to work at Hanzell Vineyards, a small winery in Sonoma. From there, he worked at Chalk Hill Winery in Healdsburg, then finally went to Gallo Sonoma in the Dry Creek Valley. All told, Bertheau worked for 16…

      3 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Vino La Monarcha 2013 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley, $15

      … with grilled fish or green salads. These wines are available in the Tri-Cities at Mid Columbia Wine & Spirits and Yoke’s Fresh Markets, as well as the Walla Walla winery. Rating: Outstanding! Production: 102 cases Alcohol: 12.3% Winery website About Great Northwest Wine Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.…

      3 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Washington wine community fondly remembers John Sarich

      …, Sarich wrote five books, including John Sarich’s Food & Wine of the Pacific Northwest, John Sarich at Chateau Ste. Michelle, Best of Taste and Entertaining Simply — Celebrate the Season. His last book, Chef in the Vineyard, was published in 2011. “It’s hard to calculate what John did for the Washington wine industry,” Baseler said. “He taught…

      4 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      A half-decade later, Washington wine industry reflects on David Lake

      …. “This concept of vineyard designation was definitely new to Washington and the whole West Coast,” Sauer told Great Northwest Wine. “David had a sense of the importance of vineyard designations.” Lake, Sauer bring Syrah to Washington David Lake, left, and Mike Sauer, right (on one knee) lead a group in burying empty bottles of classic Rhône wines…

      3 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      October outlook warm, dry for Northwest wine industry

      …Trium Wines in Talent, Ore., picks Cabernet Sauvignon from Pheasant Hill Vineyard on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (Photo by Marilyn Hawkins/Hawkins and Company PR) The weather outlook for the first 10 days of October bodes well for the Pacific Northwest wine industry as many vineyards enter the home stretch of harvest and winemakers focus more…

      6 readers - By Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest Wine