Posted: January 21, 2009 By Harvey Steiman
Obviously my colleague James Suckling struck a nerve with his blog describing how a sommelier fumbled a corked-bottle issue at a Las Vegas restaurant. At last check the comment count has topped 70. Several postings seem to suggest that it’s easy to tell if a wine is corked.
Posted: November 14, 2008 By Harvey Steiman
Posted: October 31, 2008 By Tina Benitez
Posted: October 22, 2008
Posted: October 14, 2008 By Bob Betz
Posted by Bob Betz These are the dog days of harvest, when every inch of the winery, and every ounce and waking moment of every staff member, is consumed with grapes, fermentation, barrels and processing.
Posted: October 10, 2008 By Lynn Alley
Posted: September 25, 2008 By Robert Taylor
Posted: September 24, 2008 By Bob Betz
Posted by Bob Betz Washington wine growers endured a minor scare beginning Monday night, September 22, through the morning of Tuesday the 23rd. Temperatures dipped dangerously close to freezing just before sunrise Tuesday, with potentially serious consequences, considering how much fruit remains to be harvested.
Posted: September 19, 2008 By Bob Betz
Posted by Bob Betz All the planning, praying, cleaning and shouting is over; harvest 2008 is in full swing in Washington’s Columbia Valley. There was some apprehension rounding the final turn in August: a cool spring followed by temperature peaks and valleys isn’t what Mother Nature typically throws at us.
Posted: September 19, 2008 By Harvey Steiman
Industry analysts are having a field day guessing what's going to happen to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington's biggest wine company. Last week it was announced that Altria, which used to be Philip Morris, would be buying UST, which used to be U.
Posted: September 16, 2008 By Harris Meyer
Posted: September 16, 2008 By Laurie Woolever
Posted: August 15, 2008 By Richard Betts
Well, I’ve gone and stretched eight weeks into 11 awesome months. That is in part due to me being so slow with the blog but hey, I’m working at it! Since my last installment, I’ve been pondering what to do with this one, my final of this run.
Posted: August 13, 2008
Posted: July 31, 2008 By Harvey Steiman
Posted: July 29, 2008 By Harvey Steiman
I don't know whether to file this under "mea culpa" or "pleasant surprises." At dinner the other night with some musician friends, I ordered a bottle of Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Red Mountain 2001, a Bordeaux blend from Washington.
Posted: July 18, 2008 By Harvey Steiman
Usually, when I buy a case or half-case of wine, I drink a bottle or two from the stash in the first year to get a handle on the wine, then open the rest when I expect they have reached maturity. Somehow I managed to keep my hands off the half-case of Cayuse Syrah En Cerise 2000 I had bought when it came out, so I had all six bottles to pour for guests last week when my wife and I celebrated our 40th anniversary with 30 friends and family.
What makes Washington the "Tweener State" for growing grapes? Get some insights from Chris Upchurch of DeLille Cellars, located in Woodinville. He also talks terroir and describes the factors that makes a single vineyard wine stand out from a blend.
Posted: June 23, 2008
Posted: June 16, 2008
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