With less than 700 vineyard acres, the Red Mountain AVA in Washington's Yakima Valley may be a small region, but its red wines score big. Join Harvey Steiman as he introduces you to the region and its winemakers.
Posted: June 23, 2009
Posted: June 1, 2009 By Harvey Steiman
With so many thousands of wines out there, it’s surprising that linguistic confusions come up so rarely. I mean, how often do you look up from the wine-by-the-glass list and order a glass of "the Latour," expecting a white Burgundy from Maison Louis Latour, and end up with a beaker of Château Latour, the Bordeaux red? Hasn't happened to me.
Posted: May 27, 2009 By Thomas Matthews
Posted: May 20, 2009 By Harvey Steiman
There’s more to think about when deciding if you want to buy a wine than simply comparing the scores and prices. Whether you use five stars to rate wine, pick a number from 1 to 10 or employ Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale, the numbers only tell you part of the story.
Posted: May 18, 2009 By Harvey Steiman
There wasn't any steelhead (a salmon-like fish) on the menu at the Steelhead Diner, but the halibut was terrific. So were the Totten Inlet oysters and the razor clam chowder. And if that weren't enough Pacific Northwest gastronomy, the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence-winning wine list of abut 120 wines offered nothing but Washington and Oregon wines.
Posted: May 13, 2009 By Harvey Steiman
When Mike Januik was running the winemaking show at Chateau Ste. Michelle in the 1990s, his wines were constantly among the leaders in a Washington state wine scene that was just beginning to achieve its potential.
Posted: April 13, 2009 By Harvey Steiman
Charles Smith kind of sneaked up on the Washington wine industry. The frizzy-haired ex-rock manager had never made wine when he opened the doors on his funky shed of a winery in 2001. Winemaking errors meant that some of his early bottlings were funkier than the shed, but the good ones were startling in their depth and character.
Posted: April 10, 2009 By Harvey Steiman
Ron and Susan Bunnell not only have one of the hottest new wineries in Washington (check out the raft of great ratings for their Bunnell Family Cellars and value-oriented RiverAerie Vineyards ), they may have come up with a destination for pizza lovers, too.
Posted: March 30, 2009 By Harvey Steiman
Of all the famous wineries in Walla Walla, Wash.—among names that include Leonetti, Woodward Canyon and Pepper Bridge—Walla Walla Vintners may not come to mind first. But Gary Figgins of Leonetti, Rick Small of Woodward Canyon and Jean-François Pellet of Pepper Bridge all showed up last week to join me and a half-dozen other people to taste through a vertical of all the Merlots that WWV has made.
Posted: March 27, 2009 By Dana Nigro
Posted: March 16, 2009 By Harvey Steiman
I noticed it in all the 2006 wines I tasted recently from Cayuse. Scattered through two days of extensive blind tastings of Washington wines, I found a distinctive aroma and taste, lurking in the background in some of the wines, front and center in others.
Posted: March 11, 2009 By James Laube
Posted: February 27, 2009 By Harris Meyer
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.
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