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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

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Approachable Washington Reds

New reviews of Syrahs and Rhône-style reds from the Columbia Valley for $30 or less

Posted: September 20, 2013  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Red Discoveries from Washington

New reviews of Malbec and Tempranillo from the Evergreen State

Posted: September 6, 2013  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

A Wine Writer Turns Vintner

Washington wine book author Paul Gregutt switches gears with Waitsburg Cellars, and his first vintage looks promising

Posted: July 10, 2013  By Harvey Steiman

Washington wine writer Paul Gregutt got himself into quite a kerfuffle earlier this year when he sprung Waitsburg Cellars onto the world.

The longtime resident of the Evergreen state is a veteran critic and author of Washington Wines and Wineries, the definitive book on Washington wine, whose wine reviews appeared on his own blog and in several print publications. He had never been a winemaker, but in 2011 partnered with Precept Wines, the state's third-largest wine company, to craft his own wines for the new label. Questions were raised. Could a wine critic also be a winemaker without raising conflict-of-interest issues? Could an untrained neophyte's wines be any good?

Well, I tasted them blind with their peers, as we always do around here, and I can say they are better than good.

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  Savvy Shopper

South Africa, New Zealand and Washington

Posted: June 15, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  News

Wine Investment Group Makes Big Moves in Pacific Northwest

Bacchus Capital Management buys Panther Creek and a stake in DeLille Cellars

Posted: May 15, 2013  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Hot Values from Washington

New releases of Merlot and Cabernet that deliver top-notch quality for the price

Posted: March 15, 2013  By Augustus Weed

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