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News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Rosé, White and Blue

Charles & Charles Volume II Rosé Columbia Valley 2009

Posted: July 8, 2010  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Juicy Riesling for Pasta and Asparagus

Chateau Ste. Michelle-Dr. Loosen Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica 2005

Posted: July 2, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Red Values from Washington

New reviews of Cabernets, Syrahs, Merlots and more, all priced at $30 or less

Posted: June 25, 2010  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Washington Wine Retrenches

Some big companies who invested in boom times are cutting back

Posted: June 16, 2010  By Harris Meyer

June 15, 2010 Issue  :  News

Washington Wine Country Wants Visitors

Posted: June 15, 2010  By Harris Meyer

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Washington Clarets

New reviews of outstanding Bordeaux-style Cabernet-based reds, along with a small selection of bright Chardonnays

Posted: May 21, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Where’s the Beef?

In eastern Oregon, matching up with Walla Walla wine

Posted: May 6, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

Leonetti's owners are branching out to cattle, an ideal adjunct to their Cabernets and Merlots. In advance of the commercial introduction of this beef, expected to start this fall, Chris sent some samples and a bottle of Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 to try with them. I grilled some hamburgers for lunch and two kinds of steak for dinner—tenderloin and bavette. I seasoned them only with salt, with no marinating or sauce, the better to get the straight flavor of the beef itself.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Dunn Not Done with Alcohol Debate

The opponent of high-alcohol wines is face to face with a 15.1 percent alcohol Cabernet

Posted: May 3, 2010  By James Laube

Randy Dunn has been one of California's most vocal opponents of high-alcohol wines. Recently, we met to talk about the trend toward riper grapes and rising alcohol levels. He's in the camp that wines shouldn't exceed 14 percent alcohol.

We met last week, over a flight of six variations on his 2007 Washington state Cabernet, which Dunn is making under the Feather label. The wines Dunn poured ranged from 13.7 to 15.1 percent alcohol, with stops at 14, 14.3, 14.7 and 15 in between. To demonstrate a point, the original wine had been doctored to lower the alcohol levels, using reverse osmosis.

News & Features  :  News

Washington State Wants Wine Tourists

Industry figures call for more dining and hotel options in wine areas

Posted: April 13, 2010  By Harris Meyer

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Outstanding 2007 Syrahs

These sleek Washington reds from our most recent tastings show that the grape may just be the state’s best

Posted: April 9, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Rich Red to Take Out to the Ball Game

Pursued By Bear Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2006

Posted: April 1, 2010  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

15 Spectacular Washington Reds

Outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from recent vintages

Posted: January 15, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Seafood and White Wine for the Holidays

Two tasty shellfish recipes, plus 15 recommended white wines

Posted: December 18, 2009  By Laurie Woolever

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Cabernet That’s Not a Crock for a Pot Roast

Columbia Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2007

Posted: December 10, 2009  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Red Wine and Roast Beef to Ring In the Holidays

Helpful hints to make the most of the meat, plus 15 recommended Cabernets and blends

Posted: December 8, 2009  By Laurie Woolever

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

A Vote for 2007 in Washington

Andrew Will wines show what’s special about the vintage

Posted: December 2, 2009  By Harvey Steiman

Although vintage variations are not as wide in Washington as they can be elsewhere, vintners like 2007 because the wines have impressive structure that carry the flavors. Chris Camarda of Andrew Will offers tastes and comments.

Video  :  Video Index

Top 10 of 2009: #1 Columbia Crest

And here's Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year for 2009, presented by Harvey Steiman.

Posted: November 20, 2009  

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Remembering David Lake

Washington winemaker pioneered single-vineyard wines, Syrah

Posted: October 8, 2009  By Harvey Steiman

The first time I met David Lake he showed me a freshly made Syrah, the first Syrah made in Washington. An innovator, he had a clear idea of who he was and what was possible, and he stuck to it.

News & Features  :  News

David Lake, Dean of Washington Winemakers, Dies

Pioneered Syrah and single-vineyard wines in the state

Posted: October 7, 2009  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Rynders Straddles Oregon, Washington

New venture links up with Suncadia Resort

Posted: August 18, 2009  By Harvey Steiman

Former Domaine Serene winemaker Tony Rynders is consulting on Swiftwater Cellars, a new winery on the 6,400-acre Suncadia Resort 80 miles east of Washington. This might be the only American winery, and certainly the only one in Washington, in a resort. It is is in Cle Elum, near Roslyn, in the Cascade Range nowhere near any grapevines. That hasn’t fazed dozens of wineries in the Seattle area. Some of Washington’s best wines are made there from grapes grown even farther away. Swiftwater's will be coming from owner Don Watts' Zephyr Ridge Vineyard in Washington's Horse Heaven Hills, plus sources in Walla Walla and Willamette Valley.

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