Woodinville Pre-Passport and Release Party Wrap Up

Friday night, I grabbed a sneak peek at some Woodinville Passport parties and release parties at Cuillin Hills Winery, DesVoigne Cellars, Patterson Cellars,  Pondera Winery and William Church Winery. It was a great evening without crowds and plenty of time to talk directly with the wine makers. Cuillin Hills Winery Derek DesVoigne was pouring, the tunes were rockin’ and the stories of drinking in... read more

5 Tips to Enjoying Woodinville Passport Weekend

The annual Woodinville Passport Weekend is upon us! Woodinville Passport weekend offers the opportunity to visit up to 40 different Washington wineries, all with tasting rooms in the Woodinville area. Some of these boutique wineries are only open a few days out of the year and this is your opportunity to visit them and taste their wines. This year, with the recent influx of new wineries into Woodinville,... read more

Life of Wine: Wine 102

I love that wine is a living, breathing thing that continues to evolve in the barrel, the bottle even in the glass. William Church Winery has partnered with Certified Sommelier Yashar Shayan to offer a series of Life of Wine classes. I recently attended the second in their series, Life of Wine: Wine 102. Yashar started us off with a quick review of wine tasting tips to help the participants appreciate the... read more

William Church Winery March Release Party

This weekend, the William Church Winery is partying from 12-5pm with their new releases: 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and the new 2007 Sur La Mer. Their has been a bit of gap in production in a predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon Willam Church wine but this wine is worth the wait. This 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot  of the William Church 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon blend shows layers of fruit and wood... read more

Win with William Church Winery

The clock is ticking but it isn’t too late to enter the “Church” experience  contest, sponsored by William Church Winery. The deadline is January 16, 2010. If you read our November featured winery post, you will know that the mission at William Church Winery is to help their customers create memories with wine. During their Italian honeymoon, Leslie and Rod, were moved by how wine was so... 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

William Church Winery: Featured Winery 11/09

Honeymoons herald the beginning of a marriage, but for Leslie and Rod Balsley,  it was also the inspiration for the award winning William Church Winery. …”started on our honeymoon in Italy, where we were struck by the integral role wine played in the social fabric of everyday life for the people that lived there.” They fueled their own passion for wine with juggling a wine making... read more

Haunted by Exceptional Washington Wines

Some wines haunt us, they linger in our conscious even months after the bottle has emptied. In honor of Halloween and the some of the amazing Washington wines that I have sampled this year, here is a list of wines that have haunted me. Des Voigne Cellars 2007 Montreux Syrah During the September Woodinville Warehouse Wine Walk, Darren was filtering the 07 Montreux Syrah in preparation for bottling.... read more

Life of Wine class at William Church Winery

As I watched Yashar Shayan, Sommelier, high up on a rack of barrels with a clear plastic hose retrieving Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from different barrels at William Church Winery I was reminded of my youth. It became clear to me that I can leverage the skill of siphoning gas I learned years ago growing up in the Midwest.  Siphoning is a skill that every kid growing up in farm country learns. ... read more

2009 Wine Blogger Scholarship Winner

I am so delighted that I won the 2009 Wine Blogger Scholarship from the Pinot Blogger of Capozzi Winery.  Josh Hermsmeyer, aka Pinot Blogger, had an innovative idea for a bloggers scholarship. He wanted to encourage bloggers to enter a discussion about the relationship between bloggers and wineries, particularly in terms of bloggers advising wineries.  In addition, he wanted to support the further... read more

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