Washington Riesling vs. German Riesling

Cole Sisson at The Local Vine is the creator of a unique series of showdowns between wines vinted from the same varietal.  One made in Washington and one made in elsewhere in the world.  The hook?  Besides being the same varietal the wines also are made by the same winemaker visiting Washington from somewhere else in the world.   One week ago yesterday, Nancy, Roger and I experienced the Riesling... read more

How does Washington terroir compare to other famous grape regions?

Is wine making art or science? How much does terroir really matter in wine? How do Washington grapes and wines measure up to classic wine regions? Those are the type of questions best pondered over a glass of wine. The Local Vine has created a very special opportunity to ponder those questions while comparing Washington wines to other regions. What makes this experience so unique is that you will taste... read more

Washington Wine Tops Wine Spectator’s Top 100

For the first time ever, a Washington wine has earned the top spot on the Wine Spectator’s prestigious Top 100. The 2005 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve ($27) beat 17,000 wines to become “wine of the year” for 2009.  Although this wine is currently sold out, Columbia Crest announced this morning they are searching their private cellars to hopefully release a few cases.... read more

Tri-Cities Wine Festival 2009 Review

On Saturday, November 7, 2009, Roger and I headed over to the 31st Tri-Cities Wine Festival where nearly 100 wineries poured over 300 judged Northwest wines.  It’s amazing how many different grape varietals are now being grown in the area, and the night’s offerings included 40 of them.  Upland Estates Winery won the event’s esteemed Best in Show award for their 2007 Malbec, while Chateau Ste.... read more

20Something for the New Vintage of Wine Drinkers

Mix and mingle with Washington wine makers at 20Something, Fremont Studios, November 21 from 6-10pm. 75 Washington wine makers will be roaming the event, offering attendees the opportunity to enjoy a taste of wine and to ask questions of the wine maker. The wineries will be highlighting their wines that retail for under $30.  Come taste some unique Washington wines,  as well as classic wines that set the... read more

Best of Washington Wineries Award Winners

King 5 Evening news just announced the winners of the Best of Washington Wineries. Congratulations to Alexandria Nicole Cellars for winning first place in the Best of Washington Wineries 2009 contest. Almost 200,000 votes were cast by the community to select their favorite Washington winery. The winners of the 2009 Best of Washington Winery contest were: Alexandria Nicole Cellars Columbia... read more

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