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Meet the Winemaker of Lopez Island Vineyards

As I walked out the doors of the new Dish it up! Ballard store, I noticed that Lopez Island Vineyards has a booth at the Ballard Farmers Market almost directly across from the shop. Vivian was recently waxing poetic about their Siegerrebe after having it poured for her at The Herbfarm’s One Hundred Mile Dinner. Unfortunately, wineries are not currently allowed to pour their wines at farmers markets so I... read more

WBC or Bust begins in Woodinville

After months of planning, research and blogging, the lucky winners of the WBC or Bust Road Trip to Walla Walla Wine Bloggers contest began their journey across Washington state. Bloggers, along with a small group of traditional media and PR professionals, got on the bus from the Renaissance hotel to begin their road trip on Wednesday morning. The journey began in Woodinville with a tour of Chateau Ste... read more

Taste Washington Seminars: Wine Experiences

The Grand Tasting of Taste Washington may be getting the most attention but Taste Washington Seminars offers education and interaction with some of rock stars of the Washington wine industry.  Where else can you wine and dine with the likes of Bob Betz, MW, Dick Boushey, Tom Douglas, Stephanie Izard, Alex Golitzin, Greg Harrington MS, Jake Kosseff for as little as $40? Seminars are selling out fast so... read more

Gamache Vintners 2006 Boulder Red

If you are looking for a food friendly red table wine, Gamache Vintners Boulder Red is a great one to include in your stash. The grapes for this brilliant garnet red blend come from the Columbia Valley. The nose on this fruit forward wine offers aromas of raspberry, vanilla, and pomegranate. The tannins are velvety. On the palate the wine offers fruit and red licorice. The current blend is comprised of 38%... read more

Malbec 06 – Covington Cellars

Covington Cellars‘ first Malbec release is a lovely deep ruby colored Washington wine with exceptional clarity.  The grapes are from Alder Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Lots of smoke on the nose of this aromatic wine.  Blueberry is the predominant fruit on the nose. Although their tasting notes say cherry and red fruit, the consensus around our table was blueberry. If I was on a... read more

Vote for the Washington Wine of the Year

Final voting is now open for Washington Wine Report’s Reader Survey. Between now and December 16, you have the opportunity to vote for your favorite Washington wine of the year. 2009 Wine of the Year finalists (in alphabetical order): Alexandria Nicole Cellars Crawford Vineyard Viognier 2008 Alexandria Nicole Cellars Petite Sirah Mr. Big 2007 Forgeron Cellars Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon... read more

Woodinville Wine Cellars 2007 Last Man Standing (LMS)

The Last Man Standing (LMS) is 100% Malbec from Conner Lee Vineyard from Columbia Valley. This inky ruby wine smells like the fresh currants still hanging on my bushes in November,  concentrated and intense fruit aromas. Potent vanilla and spice, accented with a hint of eucalyptus completes the aroma profile. On the palate, this Washington Malbec  exhibits bright acidity with a currant flavor that... read more

Woodinville Wine Cellars 2007 Odd Man Out (OMO)

The Woodinville Wine Cellars Odd Man Out (OMO) Malbec is 75% Still Water Creek Malbec and 25% Conner Lee Petit Verdot. Wine maker, Sean Boyd, calls this Washington  Malbec his Jazzy Malbec while the LMS  Malbec is his rock and roll. The nose is fresh currant, ripe raspberry and blueberry, a bit of eucalyptus and a tad of forest floor “funk”.  Eric calls it a “Wild Child” because... read more

Who Won First Annual Grape Cup? WSU or UW

Washington State University (WSU) alumni joined University of Washington (UW) alumni wine makers competed in the first annual Grape Cup, held last night at the Pickering Place Barn in Issaquah. Twenty five wineries participated in the Grape Cup benefit for the Washington Farmers’ Housing Trust.  Wineries were  divided into teams, based on alumni status of their wine makers and they were decked out... 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

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