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.
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.
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