Posted: December 15, 2011
Posted: December 14, 2011 By Tim Fish
Overdeliver isn't officially a word, but I can't think of a better way to describe a wine that's truly a great value. It overdelivers on quality relative to price, whether the bottle is $10 or 100 bucks.
Those are the sort of wines I try to write about in this blog as often as I can, and whenever I do, readers in their comments regularly champion one label: Columbia Crest. The Washington state winery has a devoted fan base for a reason. It's that rare winery that overdelivers across the board.
Posted: December 9, 2011 By Laurie Woolever
Posted: October 14, 2011 By Augustus Weed
Posted: October 14, 2011 By Harvey Steiman
Posted: October 7, 2011 By Augustus Weed
Posted: September 1, 2011 By Harvey Steiman
Mike Januik has gone from strength to strength with supple, subtle wines at his own winery and Novelty Hill in Washington.
Posted: August 19, 2011 By Harvey Steiman
Two newish wineries in Washington that deliver outstanding wine at relatively moderate prices represent different ways of getting there. One left a big bank to take a chance on starting his own winery. The other parlayed 15 years selling others' wines into a smart-business wine venture.
Neither Hestia nor Zero One involves planting a vineyard and growing grapes. Instead they're starting off slow by making a limited number of wines, getting their grapes from established growers. They both focus on a few wines and have an idea about how to establish an identity to us consumers.
Posted: August 5, 2011 By Augustus Weed
Posted: July 20, 2011 By Harvey Steiman
Wine Spectator senior editor Harvey Steiman gathers around the table with an assortment of wine, cooking and music enthusiasts for an annual dinner in Aspen. Each diner contributes a favorite dish or wine to the dinner, making for a great gastronomic experience without too much work.
Posted: June 17, 2011 By Augustus Weed
Posted: June 14, 2011 By Harvey Steiman
Posted: June 6, 2011 By Harvey Steiman
The bottle of Henschke Hill of Grace 1996 rested in my cellar for about a decade, waiting for the right occasion. It came out Sunday night at the annual dinner I donate, along with my longtime friend Archie McLaren, to the Central Coast Wine Classic auction. Last year's lot centered on Rhône-style wines—French wines from Archie's cellar, Syrah- and Viognier-based bottles of Australia and Washington from mine.
We had some great names in the lineup, including top vintages from Jean-Louis Chave, M. Chapoutier, Paul Jaboulet Aîné and Château de Beaucastel. But the HoG stole the show. As well it should, being the greatest single-vineyard wine in Australia in the greatest vintage there of our lifetime.
Posted: May 25, 2011 By Harvey Steiman
Lately, it seems, every time I taste a few Washington Malbecs they make an impression. In the past year I slapped 90-point ratings on quite a few Malbecs from the Evergreen State. The wines tend to be supple, inviting and present flavor profiles that reshuffle the deck of Cabernet and Merlot. The wines come out with a freshness and plushness that combines charm with depth.
This movement has been going on for a while, but the phenomenon is limited enough to be flying below the radar.
Posted: April 7, 2011 By Harvey Steiman
Posted: March 25, 2011 By Augustus Weed
Posted: February 7, 2011 By Dana Nigro
Posted: January 24, 2011 By Dana Nigro
Posted: January 21, 2011 By Augustus Weed
Posted: January 5, 2011 By Harvey Steiman
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