Wine Beer Washington

Events, News, Pairings, Reviews and Stories about Washington Beer, Cider, Spirits and Wine
Reuben's Brews Putt Putt Course

Seattle Beer Week Beer Crawl Bellewether Benefit

On the first Sunday of Seattle Beer Week, four Ballard Breweries created a Putt-Putt Golf Beer Crawl to benefit Bellewether Housing. Teams registered and began their tournament at: Lucky Envelope Brewing Populuxe Brewing Reuben’s Brews Stoup Brewing Then they...
Seattle Beer Week

Tenth Annual Seattle Beer Week Kicks Off Today

Seattle celebrates its tenth annual Seattle Beer Week with 10 days filled with BEER!. You will find lots of Seattle beer, beer brewed in Washington and unique beers brewed from the far corners of the world. In addition to all that tasty brew, you will find music, fun,...
Washington Belgian Fest

Belgian Fest 2018

The annual Belgian Fest celebrates Washington brewer creativity with Belgian beer yeast. Every January, the Washington Beer Commission brings breweries from across Washington state to Seattle, to showcase unique and delicious Belgian beer styles. This year, 40...

What’s the Big Deal About Women in Wine?

It’s the eve of the 2018 Women’s March. Following last year’s Women’s March I made a conscious choice to shine the light on some accomplished women in the wine industry. The question I kept asking was, “Do I have to identify these women in wine as women?” In the back...

How a Personal Trainer Got Pumped About Winemaking

“I want women to know this is a viable career option,” explains Casey Cobble matter of factly regarding winemaking. It’s important in a world where writers often portray females as "winemakerettes", a side-show to the main event, or they're conveying a sense of "nice...

Washington AVAs

Washington AVAs American Viticultural Areas Map

Washington AVAs

Washington State has 14 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). The largest is the Columbia Valley AVA, which contains several smaller distinct AVAs. AVAs are defined by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) based on specific geographic criteria not borders. Columbia Valley AVA, Columbia Gorge AVA and Walla Walla AVAs extend into Oregon.

The 3 Cs of Hops

Do you know the 3 Cs of hops? They are the backbone of many of your favorite Washington IPAs & Pale Ales.

  • Cascade - an Aroma hops, prized for its flowery, spicy and citrus notes, particularly grapefruit.
  • Centennial - Aroma Hop and also has a lot of citrus, sometimes called 'Super Cascade'.
  • Columbia - Bittering hop. It has a lot of bitterness due to it's oiliness and has a resinous character.

Vivian recommends 3 Wine Books

wine booksThe Wine Project: Washington State’s Winemaking History by Ronald Irvine with Walter J. Clore

Wine and War: The French, the Nazis and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure by Donald Kladstrup and Petie Kladstrup

The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It  by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Tasting Tips for Taste Washington

Every year, we recommend strategies to enjoy Taste of Washington Grand Tasting event but this time we offer tips to maximize your Washington wine tasting. Tasting wine at a large event is different from tasting wine in a winery's intimate tasting room or at a wine...

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Drink Green Washington Wine on St Patricks

Don't freak out! I don't mean drink some cheap wine that someone dyed green for St Patrick's Day. Drink GREEN (Environmentally Sustainable) Washington Wine for the holiday but don't just limit it to today. Some of Washington's premium wines are grown with sustainable...

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Washington Cabernet Classic Event Review

The King of Wine Events There are not a lot of wine events around Seattle that actually roll out the red carpet. The upscale Cabernet Classic is the exception to the rule. This 8th annual grand tasting of Washington’s Premiere Cabernets took place on Saturday, March...

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World of Syrah: Flavors and Marketing

Although Syrah is grown all over the world, that doesn't necessarily mean that all of those places make the best Syrah wine! Patrick Comiskey and Doug Frost led The World of Syrah The Kick-off with a lively discourse on Syrah from different parts of the world; in...

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World of Syrah Kick-off at Celebrate Walla Walla

Wine lovers are not known for their enthusiasm at 8:30am, but Patrick Comiskey and Doug Frost got a theatre full of people laughing and excited about Syrah on a Friday morning. Trust me, it wasn't the iced coffee and pastries in the lobby that did it! Geology and...

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L’Ecole 2015 Chenin Blanc

The L’Ecole Nº 41 Chenin Blanc 2015 is intensely fragrant. It is the pink grapefruit that greets me first, followed by superbly ripe honeydew melon, strawberries and a hint of honeysuckle. Don't let those sweeter aromas fool you into thinking that this is going to be...

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Taste Washington turns 21

Taste Washington, the biggest and best food and wine experience in the Northwest, turns 21 this year!  Over the years, Taste Washington has matured into a series of special wine and food events, culminating in the Grand Tasting weekend. In 2018, Taste Washington...

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Pamplin Family Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Pamplin Family Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is an intense deep purple, almost inky dark. This Cab is all about black fruit. The nose is sensuously subtle when first opened but boysenberry, blackberry and black cherry prevail. On the tongue, those juicy black fruits...

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Taste Washington Wine Month March 2018

Taste Washington Wine month begins Thursday, March 1, 2018 with a full month of restaurants, retailers, hotels and wineries honoring the award-winning wine of Washington state with special promotions, savings and events. Washington State boasts over 900 wineries,...

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DeVoigne Cellars Celebrate a Decade!

Darren & Lizzy DesVoigne recently celebrated a decade of wine making by moving into expanded gigs. In addition to moving in to their new winery, the DesVoignes opened a brewery as well: B-Side Brewing. They were the first in Washington State to open a brewery and a winery under the same roof!

Finnriver Lavender & Black Currant Cider

We can’t wait to check out Finnriver’s new location this summer. In addition to their year round favorites, look for their seasonal specialties like the Lavender and Black Currant Cider.

Foggy Noggin Anniversary Vertical

Since their first anniversary, Foggy Noggin has brewed an Old English Ale and put some aside. Each anniversary after, Foggy Noggin holds a private party in which they pour a vertical of their Anniversary Old English Ales.

Why Wine Beer Washington?

Wine Beer Washington was created to chronicle the Washington alcoholic beverage industry and to help satisfy our never ending curiosity. We wanted to know why people would come out of retirement or take on second jobs and/or mortgages to make some of our favorite beverages. On top of that, they would probably lose money or barely break even for years. What made them work so hard and take such a risk for just a beverage?

When we started Wine Beer Washington, wine and beer were really the only alcoholic Washington beverages to speak of. Now, not only do the Washington breweries and wineries number in the hundreds, but Washington cideries and distilleries are truly making a name for themselves. Here, our small team tries to give you some of the Events, News, Pairings, Reviews and Stories about the thousands of  Washington Beer, Cider, Spirits and Wine.