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Taste Washington 2013 Best Big Reds

Taste Washington 2013 was held in Seattle was last weekend. We were there, dashing between the 225 wineries’ tables to try everything. Here are our favorites. Soos Creek Dave Larsen (below), Soos Creek winemaker and owner, was pouring his two new big reds, Ciel du Cheval and Champoux Vineyards. Soos Creek Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon [...]

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Oregon Wine Links for Friday, January 3, 2013

Oregon Truffle Festival is January 25-27 Cole Danehauer launches new Northwest Wine website Wine Spectator interviews David Adelsheim Wine Spectator interviews Argyle’s Rollin Soles New reviews: 93 Point Washington Wines New wine: Ramseyer Vintage Five 2009 Archive article about Rollin Soles that shows off his one of a kind style right, Abacela Vineyards in the [...]

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Turducken: The Name Says it All

“You may remember a few weeks ago when we wrote on these pages about pairing champagne with biscuits and gravy. It seems that article may have opened a Pandora’s Box of sorts – since then we’ve been challenged almost constantly to up the wine pairing ante. So, in the spirit of rising to meet the [...]

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When Small is Big and Sweet is Dry

Avalon Recommends  Two Surprising Wines If you spend even a little time chatting with someone who is really into wine, it’s likely that you’ll hear them talk about the excitement of finding a wine that defies expectations. As with any hobby, serious wine drinkers and collectors often chase the unexpected. In wine, it is often [...]

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Washington's Ancient Lakes AVA

New Washington Wine Region – Ancient Lakes

A new wine grape growers appellation was just approved in Washington State: “Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley.” Unusually, the area grows almost exclusively white wine grapes, specifically Riesling. Of the 1500 acres of vineyard in the appellation, over 1000 are in the Evergreen Vineyard, owned by Butch and Jerry Milbrandt of the Wahluke Wine Company. [...]

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Sip Softly and Carry a Big Corkscrew

Today’s funny is a takeoff from President Theodore Roosevelt’s “speak softly and carry a big stick.”   As a huge supporter of Oregon and Washington wine, I speak in a rational and soft manner, but carry a big corkscrew to open some bottles and prove my point. Roosevelt used the phrase to describe the Monroe [...]

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Good Luck Washington Wines

Happy Friday the 13th! The best way to avoid bad luck and hockey-mask-wearing slashers is to protect yourself with cult Washington white wine. Weird, I know, but it actually works! Seriously, today’s wines – an awe-striking 39 year-old vine Chenin blanc and a rich Chardonnay from a white-hot winery – are Washington whites you want [...]

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Owen Roe Union Gap View

Owen Roe Yakima Valley View

  View from Owen Roe’s Union Gap Vineyard into Washington’s Yakima Valley.

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Congrats Owen Roe Winery

Wine Spectator 93 points Owen Roe 2009 Slide Mountain Cabernet Franc!    

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Wild horse in eastern Washington State

News From Owen Roe Winery

My conversation with Owen Roe owner and winemaker David O’Reilly began with his vivid description of wild horses he’s seen running near the 1973 Block of Washington’s Red Willow Vineyard in Yakima, Washington. The breathtaking vision is just another reason he loves the hills of central Washington. above: wild horse on the plains west of [...]

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