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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.

News & Features  :  News

Future Uncertain for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

The recent buyout of its parent company may lead to the future sale of Washington state's biggest wine producer

Posted: September 16, 2008  By Harris Meyer

News & Features  :  Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Kyle MacLachlan

Versatile actor, whose roles have ranged from Dune to Desperate Housewives, takes the stage with a Washington red

Posted: September 16, 2008  By Laurie Woolever

Blogs  :  Richard Betts' Blog

A Final Installment

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.

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Unfiltered: High Times for Some Yakima Valley Vineyards

Plus, an Obama and McCain wine battle, a robot wine tongue, a nuclear meltdown in the Rhône Valley, and eco-friendly Beaujolais

Posted: August 13, 2008  

July 31, 2008 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Washington Goes from Strength to Strength

As the state's reds motor on, more regions make an impact

Posted: July 31, 2008  By Harvey Steiman

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Andrew Will Shows What It Has

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.

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