Moving on from Wine Enthusiast
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After nine and a half years, I am moving on from Wine Enthusiast. I started at the magazine as a contributing editor at the beginning of 2013. Since that time, I have reviewed nearly 13,000 wines and authored over 90 articles for Enthusiast. I began by covering parts of Washington along with Southern Oregon and Idaho. Since the beginning of 2015, I have covered Washington in its entirety. As of this year, I have also been covering all of Oregon and Canada for the magazine. During my tenure, I have tried to cover the regions in my beat to the fullest of my abilities with the passion and int ..read more
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It's time for wine capsules to go away
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The following article appeared in the March 2022 issue of Wine Enthusiast  Most wines are adorned with a capsule atop the bottle. Whether made of plastic, aluminum, tin or something else, they are so ubiquitous sommeliers have an elaborate ritual to cut through them. Screwcap bottles emulate them. But as omnipresent as they are, the time has come for wine capsules to go away.  Read the full article here ..read more
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Hinterlands: Washington's Horse Heaven Hills
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The following article appeared in the April 2022 edition of Wine Enthusiast.      Horse Heaven Hills is a region of unsurpassed physical beauty. It is also home to nearly a third of Washington State’s wine grape acreage. A large amount of production occurs in the appellation, which also boasts a rich agricultural history. Yet many barely know this viticultural outpost exists. Fewer have been there. Read the full article here.  Photo by Andrea Johnson ..read more
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WeatherEye Vineyards will change the way Washington makes wine
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Back in 2018 I wrote in Wine Enthusiast about a new project from Cam Myhrvold and Ryan Johnson atop Red Mountain called WeatherEye Vineyards. The idea for the project is simple. Put hand selected clones in nano-planted blocks at higher elevation on Red Mountain, often at high density and sometimes with northern aspects. Use this and a variety of trellising techniques to achieve longer hang times and wines with more intensity, freshness, and non-fruit characteristics. Farm it all with a maniacal level of attention and try and make wines that elevate the notion of what is p ..read more
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Bledsoe Wine Estates is creating a Northwest vinous empire
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Former NFL quarterback purchases new Walla Walla vineyard and winery, will open two new tasting rooms in 2023 This week Bledsoe Wine Estates, founded in 2007 by former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe and his wife Maura, announced the purchase of àMaurice Vineyard and its adjacent winery facility in Walla Walla Valley. “It’s a really special piece of property,” says Josh McDaniels, general manager and director of winemaking. “We’re thrilled.” The 2,000-square foot winery building and 20-acre vineyard are located in the Upper Mill Creek area of the valley. With plantings first es ..read more
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Why Ste Michelle bought A to Z and Rex Hill, how it happened, and what it means for Northwest wine (plus what’s up with the Woodinville property)
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 With the acquisition, Ste Michelle is now the largest winery in both Washington and Oregon Earlier this week Ste Michelle Wine Estates (SMWE) announced it had purchased Oregon’s A to Z Wine Works and Rex Hill Winery. The reasons why the winery did so are simple says CEO David Dearie. “Like everyone else, we're looking for growth and saying, ‘Where is the growth likely to come from?’” For many in the wine business lately, the answer has been from Oregon. Oregon wine has two clear things going for it in the market at present. The first is an abundance of high ..read more
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Harvest begins in Washington
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Harvest is underway in Columbia Valley. Christian Grieb at Treveri Cellars reports picking Chardonnay from the winery's estate vineyard in Yakima Valley on August 31st. The fruit, which will be used for sparkling wine, was picked at 17.1 Brix and 3.18 pH.  "Perfect for bubbly!" says Grieb. Grieb notes that this vintage looks about 15 days behind recent years, consistent with what other growers have reported. Treveri picked estate Chardonnay on August 12th in 2021. The winery's first fruit most recent years has come been Hilltop Vineyard Chardonnay, picked on ..read more
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A look at Washington’s 2022 growing season thus far
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2y ago
A cold, wet spring impacted the region The following article was written by Michael Fagin. Fagin is an operational meteorologist providing weather forecasts to clients in the Pacific Northwest and providing custom forecast for groups climbing Mt. Everest and other major peaks. Michael is also a travel writer with a focus on weather and wine. As the growing season started in Washington, areas of low pressure moved in and out of the region in April and May. The net result was far below average temperatures and above normal precipitation. The rainfall and additional mountain snowpack ..read more
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A Toast! To Washington wine
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I am beyond humbled to have been recognized with a Toast! Award for ‘Wine Industry Champion’ as part of this year's Auction of Washington Wines. The Auction is in its 35th year and has raised over $55M to provide money for Seattle Children's Hospital, Washington State University's Viticulture & Enology program, and the Auction of Washington Wines' Industry Grant.  Each year the Auction has recognized an honorary grower and vintner. This year the Auction expanded the award program and created an event to celebrate honorees, taking place on August 11th.  ..read more
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Veraison begins in Columbia Valley
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Growers in Washington are seeing the start of veraison, the changing of color of the grapes. This means the beginning of harvest will soon be at hand. Sager Small at Woodward Canyon Winery in Walla Walla Valley saw veraison in the winery’s estate Cabernet Sauvignon on July 27th/28th. Small says the 2022 growing season has been two to three weeks behind recent years, but last month's high heat brought it closer to two weeks. Grower Phil Cline saw veraison in Cabernet Sauvignon at Equus Vineyard, pictured here, on August 3rd. Equus is located in Columbia Valley east of Yakima. Clin ..read more
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