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Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Januik, Quietly a Star

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.

News & Features  :  News

Washington State Gains Two Wine Appellations

U.S. government approves Lake Chelan and Snipes Mountain AVAs; rejects Paso Robles Westside in California

Posted: May 7, 2009  By Harris Meyer, Lynn Alley

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

A Conversation with a Washington Idea Guy

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.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

What Time Is It? Wine O'Clock

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.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

A Walla Walla Retrospective

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.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Bordeaux Blanc, Meet Washington State

DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate White Columbia Valley 2007

Posted: March 27, 2009  By Dana Nigro

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Liquid Rocks

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.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Washington Red Loved by a Friend

Baer Ursa Columbia Valley 2004

Posted: March 11, 2009  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Washington Wine Consumers Could Get More Choices and Lower Prices, Maybe

The state considers a bill to ease restrictions on wine sales, but wineries, retailers and wholesalers are fighting over it

Posted: February 27, 2009  By Harris Meyer

News & Features  :  News

West Coast Wineries Wrestle with Recession

As consumers stop eating out and buy cheaper wines, producers are changing their game plans in order to survive

Posted: February 17, 2009  By Mitch Frank, Tim Fish, Harris Meyer

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Levels of Corkiness

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.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

Tasting Highlights: Washington

11 outstanding Washington Merlots, Chardonnays and Syrahs, plus a rare Cinsault-based blend

Posted: November 14, 2008  By Harvey Steiman

News & Features  :  Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Geoff Tate

Queensrÿche's lead singer brings some rock n' roll, and a new Bordeaux-style blend, to Washington's Walla Walla appellation

Posted: October 31, 2008  By Tina Benitez

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Unfiltered: Draft Horses Contribute to Washington Winemaking

Plus, a winery hike for dogs, wine bottles cool some hot Tokyo streets, Portuguese prisoners take to the vineyards and the BBC sticks a cork in their bubbly budget

Posted: October 22, 2008  

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Syrah Harvest in Washington

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.

News & Features  :  News

First Crush at Washington State University's New Research Lab

School builds research winery and hires new director to give the Pacific Northwest its own top program

Posted: October 10, 2008  By Lynn Alley

News & Features  :  Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Drew Bledsoe

A former Super Bowl QB steps into the arena of fine wine as he begins a second career in his hometown of Walla Walla

Posted: September 25, 2008  By Robert Taylor

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

A Bit of a Scare

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.

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

The Shouting is Over

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.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

What's Next for Ste. Michelle?

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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