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News & Features  :  News

Eric Dunham, Pioneering Washington Winemaker, Dies At 44

Generous friend and boss found dead in Oregon, investigation is ongoing

Posted: October 24, 2014  By Harvey Steiman

Oct. 15, 2014 Issue  :  People

Marching to His Own Drummer

In Washington and beyond, Charles Smith Takes an eclectic approach to make wines people love to drink

Posted: October 15, 2014  By Harvey Steiman

Oct. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Features

The Winemaking Behind Charles Smith's Brands

Posted: October 15, 2014  By Harvey Steiman

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Charles Smith Plants His Flag in Seattle

New winery to have a big presence south of the city

Posted: September 19, 2014  By Harvey Steiman

Charles Smith has made some bold moves in his life, as he recounted in my profile of the Washington vintner in the Oct. 15 issue of Wine Spectator ("Marching to His Own Drummer"), but moving his base of operations from Walla Walla wine country to Seattle may be the biggest.

When I visited, Smith unlocked the unimposing front door of the warehouse he purchased earlier this year, walked me through a warren of deserted offices into the airplane hangar-sized space that's perfect for a functional and versatile winery. Charles Smith Wines has outgrown its patched-together warehouse winery in downtown Walla Walla.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

A Quarterback Finds His Target

Drew Bledsoe's Doubleback gains yardage—er, acreage—in Walla Walla

Posted: September 17, 2014  By Harvey Steiman

On a warm September afternoon, Drew Bledsoe stood in an acre of closely cropped grass. The ex-NFL star quarterback adjusted his sunglasses and surveyed the field, only he wasn't looking over a menacing defense but rows and rows of young grapevines. Their purple bunches of Cabernet Sauvignon stood out against close-cropped green canopies cascading down a steep north-facing slope. In the distance, buildings in the town of Walla Walla reflected the afternoon sun.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Terroir on a Big Scale

Millbrandt winemaker explores what it means in Washington

Posted: September 9, 2014  By Harvey Steiman

There are those who say only steely, lean wines can express terroir, but the style of Millbrandt's Chardonnay The Estates 2013 ($20) runs counter to that. This is a rich, plush Washington white, but the spicy aromatics and creamy texture play against vibrant acidity, a core of peach and melon finishing with length and a sense of elegance.

Millbrandt, a big vineyard owner in eastern Washington, sells grapes to a roster of A-list wineries, and makes its own wines as well. The Estates Chardonnay comes from its Evergreen Vineyard in the cool-climate Ancient Lakes AVA. It lies on shallow soils littered with chalk and limestone that are earning a reputation for crisp, minerally white wines. You can taste it in this wine.

News & Features  :  Winemaker Talk

Winemaker Talk: Kerry Shiels of Côte Bonneville

Engineer-turned-winegrower in Yakima Valley tends her family’s singular vineyard

Posted: July 29, 2014  By Esther Mobley

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Charles Smith Reinvents Substance

Washington winery with "chemical symbols" on the label returns with a new direction

Posted: July 8, 2014  By Harvey Steiman

The Washington wine label Wines of Substance was invented in 2006 by a couple of Walla Walla hotshots—Waters' winemaker Jamie Brown and Greg Harrington, founder of Gramercy Cellars. It had a promising early run. Some of the wines hit 90 points on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale. The black-and-white label design emulated the periodic table of the elements you might recall from chemistry class, assigning two-letter symbols to the grape varieties used to make the wines, priced at $14 to $20.

June 30, 2014 Issue  :  News

Vega Sicilia Confronts Sediment and Wine Regions in the Pacific Northwest Attract Investment

Posted: June 30, 2014  By Esther Mobley, MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Outstanding Washington Reds

New reviews of Cabernet Sauvignons from the 2011 vintage

Posted: June 27, 2014  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Washington's 2011 Reds Test Theories on Ripeness

Cooler temperatures and wetter weather make for starker choices

Posted: June 20, 2014  By Harvey Steiman

Ripeness and alcohol continue to polarize wine drinkers. The prevailing trend almost everywhere these days is toward more moderate levels of alcohol, but a highly vocal wing still finds too much alcohol in too many wines.

It's the sugar in the grapes, of course, that ferments into alcohol, so winegrowers are seeking ways to get enough ripeness to deliver pleasurable flavors without the sugar getting out of hand. Finding a cool climate can do it. But sometimes a cool vintage is a mixed blessing, as my recent experience sampling 2011 Washington reds demonstrates.

May 31, 2014 Issue  :  People

DuBrul Daughter

Kerry Shiels of Yakima Valley’s Côte Bonneville tends her family’s singular vineyard

Posted: May 31, 2014  By Esther Mobley

News & Features  :  News

Washington's Sagemoor Vineyards—900 Acres of Vines—Sold to Fruit-Tree Company

Local company Allan Brothers buys grape source for 70 area wineries

Posted: April 11, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Bordeaux LaFight Club: Lafite vs. Lafitte

Plus, Texas wine pioneer Doc McPherson dies, vintners aid Washington State University's Wine Science Center and more

Posted: February 13, 2014  

Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

Washington Alphabetical Listing

Posted: December 31, 2013  

Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

The Prince of Walla Walla

Chris Figgins inherited a Washington icon with Leonetti Cellar, but he's not resting on his laurels

Posted: December 31, 2013  By Katherine Cole

Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

A Place for Syrah

Washington excels with Rhône-style bottlings, but top versions may be hard to find

Posted: December 31, 2013  By Harvey Steiman

Nov. 30, 2013 Issue  :  Savvy Shopper

Rhône Reds, Washington Syrahs and German Riesling

Posted: November 30, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  News

2013 Vintage Report: United States

In the Pacific Northwest, a sunny summer raised hopes; on the East Coast, a sunny autumn saved the day

Posted: November 21, 2013  

News & Features  :  News

West Coast Wineries Are Up for Sale—Quietly

A wave of recent deals show investors see opportunities in wine, while owners see an exit strategy

Posted: November 12, 2013  By Tim Fish

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