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Vintage Pour: Walla Walla Valley Wines

I’ve been in Walla Walla for five days. So what Washington wines have impressed me? I’m glad you asked. A few came from a tasting that took place in the Mill Creek Vineyards (pictured above). Not only was I mightily charmed by this verdant corner of the Walla Walla Valley, but also by a refreshing [...]

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Washington Meets California With Elaine Chukan Brown

Hey there. It’s once in a blue moon that I have a guest post. Like, once in 695 posts. (See Jennifer Schneider’s review of FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000.) But as I close in on number 700, it’s time again. I am so pleased to be collaborating with Elaine of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews. [...]

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Treveri Cellars Brut: A Washington Sparkling Wine That Goes With Everything

I was super-stoked to play matchmaker recently. With food and wine, of course. At Taste Washington (an enormous celebration of all things WA wine held over two days in Seattle) I was part of a panel charged with the task of picking Washington wines to pair with a variety of foods. Naturally, I jumped at [...]

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Can Mourvèdre from Washington State Compete With France?

You probably won’t be surprised to find out that this photo was not taken in Eastern Washington. Rather, it’s an image of Bandol, a storied wine region in Provence that’s very close to the sea. The most famous red wines from Bandol are made from the Mourvèdre; it’s said that the grape likes to “see [...]

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What Is The Result of A Crush? A Noteworthy Washington Syrah

If your looking for Washington Reds (as in wine) to watch, go to your local newsstand and buy all the January/Feburary 2014 issues of 425 Magazine. Yours truly has a pick for you. In a world of Chateau Fancypants type wines with a dour labels, you’ve got to hand it to the folks behind Result [...]

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Washington State Wine: Col Solare Vertical, Raw Elk, and Grappa

When visiting Col Solare, producer of a most notable Washington State wine, you don’t have to look far to see what’s going to end up in your glass. On an intensely sunny August day in the Red Mountain wine region in Eastern Washington, I visited the winery thanks to Saint Michelle Wine Estates (SMWE). Winemaker [...]

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How Does a Winemaker Decide When to Pick Grapes?

When to pick grapes? It’s one of the biggest decisions a winemaker will undertake each year. So what tools and tricks of the trade are deployed? Is it a process assisted by: Science? Art? Taste? Voodoo? Clairvoyance? Luck? Fortunately, I know Ross Andrew Mickel, winemaker at Washington State’s Ross Andrew Winery. And I was able [...]

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Practice WMO: Washington Merlot Optimization

As a blogger, the concept of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) lords over my world. Write a post title and a few keyword mentions that will get the attention of the Google. And, hey, it makes sense. Don’t you want to write about things that people are actually searching for? (If you want to get geeky [...]

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What’s That 3% Syrah Doing in Your Wine?

Every time you buy a wine that’s a blend of grapes and see something along the lines of: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon/20% Merlot/10% Cabernet Franc/3% Syrah, do you wonder, “What does that 3% Syrah really do?” I mean, 10%, I can see that being a factor, but 3%? Why bother? Why not just make the blend [...]

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Rare Grapes in a Unique Place: Whidbey Island Winery

The Wine Without Worry podcast rolls on, and this episode has a local flair. Not far from my HQ in Seattle, I take a trip to Whidbey Island Winery, talking with Assistant Winemaker Leah Waaramaki. Ok, Leah actually just showed up at my place and we taped the episode. Though I have visited the winery [...]

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