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Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Pacific Northwest Battens Down

Cold, rain affect both Oregon and Washington in 2010

Posted: October 25, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

Despite cold temperatures and rain, vintners in the Oregon and Washington are optimistic that the 2010 vintage will be memorable.

News & Features  :  News

The Battle of Washington State

Costco asks voters to loosen restrictions on alcohol sales; wholesalers oppose while wineries are divided

Posted: September 27, 2010  By Robert Taylor, Harris Meyer

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Late Summer Sipper

Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2007

Posted: September 24, 2010  By Thomas Matthews

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Quilceda Creek Through the Years

Tasting shows how Paul Golitzin has fine-tuned the Cabernet

Posted: September 9, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

Alex Golitzin should know a thing or two about making ageable Cabernet Sauvignon. His uncle, André Tchelistcheff, made some great wines when he was chief winemaker for Beaulieu VIneyard in Napa Valley from the 1930s through the early 1970s. Tchelistcheff helped Golitzin to make his first home wine, a 1974 Merlot, and encouraged him to go commercial and start his own winery in 1978. That’s how Quilceda Creek got started, and it quickly became the iconic Cabernet Sauvignon in Washington.

Before lunch recently at the winery in Snohomish, a suburb of Seattle, Alex, Paul Golitzin (Alex’s son) and I tasted through a vertical of 10 Quilceda Creek Cabernets from 2007 back to 1998, and ended with the 1992.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Rich Washington Reds

New reviews of promising 2007 Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots and Syrahs

Posted: August 20, 2010  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Up from the Cellar: A 1990 Merlot

Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval turns classic with 20 years of age

Posted: August 13, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator editor at large Harvey Steiman opens a 20-year-old Merlot from Washington, finding it to stand the test of time.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Solving Washington’s Image Problem

The state is too good at too many wine types

Posted: August 9, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

Washington has Pinot envy. The state’s vintners look across the Columbia River at Oregon and see a neighbor that has established a firm connection with wine drinkers. Oregon equals PInot Noir. And Pinot Noir is popular. Easy.

The Washington guys wish they could find an identity that wine drinkers could latch onto as easily. They don’t have the soil or climate to make Pinot Noir, and they are quite happy to leave that variety, so fickle to grow and make well, to the Oregonians. But they pine for an easy-to-understand hook to make their wines simpler to market. The topic came up again and again last week as I visited veteran vintners and bright lights of the new wave in the state.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Red Values from Washington

New reviews of excellent Cabernets and Merlots, most priced at $25 or less

Posted: July 30, 2010  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Refreshing White Values from Washington

New reviews of sweet and dry Rieslings, Chardonnays and a Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, most priced at $20 or less

Posted: July 23, 2010  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

An American Red for the Fourth

Col Solare Columbia Valley 2006

Posted: July 14, 2010  By Thomas Matthews

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

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