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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

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

How Do They Do It, Part 2: Meet the People Who Make $500 Wines, $10 Wines—And Everything in Between

It takes a vision—or a few dozen of them—to turn thousands of acres into millions of bottles. The stakes are high, and plenty can go wrong

Posted: December 27, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

At the Penfolds Nuriootpa winery in Barossa, you can crush 22,000 tons of grapes. At Chateau Ste.-Michelle, 2.8 million cases of wine go out the door every year. If you are Peter Gago or Bob Bertheu, head winemakers at Penfolds and Ste.-Michelle, respectively, how do you even process and track so much stuff, let alone make it good?

"That's why God created Microsoft Excel, I guess," replied Bertheu. I asked four winemakers who head up large-to-massive operations that produce dozens of different cuvées in all price ranges, from $10 quaffers on up to the storied $600 Penfolds Grange. In my previous post on the subject, I gave a sense of the scale of the task and wrote about how the four keep tabs on their growers and grapes through harvest. Now I'll explain how they juggle as many as 52 different wines at once.

Dec. 15, 2012 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

New Faces in Washington Wine

Posted: December 15, 2012  By Harvey Steiman

Dec. 15, 2012 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Washington Succeeds

Through heat in 2009 and cooler weather in 2010 and 2011, the wines retain their appeal

Posted: December 15, 2012  By Harvey Steiman

Dec. 15, 2012 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

Washington Alphabetical Listing

Posted: December 15, 2012  

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Rough Spots for Washington 2009s

Tastings show wines with great intensity, but some with intrusive tannins

Posted: December 6, 2012  By Harvey Steiman

As Washington has come into its own as a wine source worth following, consumers have appreciated the state's prevailing style of clear, pure flavors balanced against refreshing acidity and supple textures. Now that I have tasted the majority of the 2009 vintage, what strikes me is how many wines are much more tannic than usual.

Nov. 30, 2012 Issue  :  Savvy Shopper

Washington Reds, Refreshing Rieslings and Spanish Sherries

Posted: November 30, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

Oct. 15, 2012 Issue  :  Savvy Shopper

Tuscan Bargains, Spicy Reds, West Coast Values

Posted: October 15, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Exciting Washington Reds

New reviews of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc for under $40

Posted: September 28, 2012  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

FDA Takes a Growing Interest in Winery Safety

2011 law leads to more inspections of wineries; some Washington state winemakers worry about cost

Posted: September 19, 2012  By Harris Meyer

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Appealing Whites for $20 or Less

New reviews of affordable Rieslings from the Columbia Valley of Washington

Posted: August 10, 2012  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Washington's Charles Smith Will Launch an All-Chardonnay Winery

Former rock band manager hires former Efeste winemaker Brennan Leighton to make all Charles Smith wines

Posted: August 2, 2012  By Harvey Steiman

News & Features  :  News

What Killed Ascentia?

Sonoma wine company shuts down after selling its remaining five brands—including Columbia and Geyser Peak—to Gallo and Accolade Wines

Posted: June 12, 2012  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Outstanding Washington Reds

New reviews of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and more from the 2009 vintage

Posted: June 1, 2012  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Washington Company Hopes to Put Idaho Wine on the Map

Precept Wine bought Ste. Chapelle winery from struggling Ascentia Wine Estates

Posted: May 22, 2012  By Harris Meyer

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