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Future’s So Bright: Oregon Chardonnay

We’re typically pretty shy about tooting our own horns. But when it comes to Oregon Chardonnay, we take great pride in having lead the band for several years. That “band” has grown exponentially, this past year in particular, and you can read all about it as the next big thing from dozens of wine pundits. [...]

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Future Top 100? I’d Bet on It

Mark Ryan’s Board Track Racer label struck it big with Wine Spectator, grabbing a 92 for Cab/Merlot blend “The Chief” 2012. The price-rating-production ratio practically makes this a lock for Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2014. We think “The Chief” is fantastic and chose it for our New Discoveries Wine Club in June. We know [...]

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This Pinot noir absolutely blew our minds.

This Pinot noir absolutely blew our minds. We first tasted it a couple weeks back and thought it was incredible…so incredible that we didn’t believe our initial assessment. “It can’t be this good!” we thought. So we waited a few days and tried a second bottle. Was it as good? Nope, it was better. So [...]

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Mark Ryan’s Flagship Reds

This weekend marks the release of Mark Ryan’s flagship reds: Dead Horse and Long Haul. If you haven’t heard or read about the stunning 2012 vintage, now is the time to start listening. The ’12s we’ve tasted so far are incredible for how they combine plush fruit and the structure necessary to age for 10-20 [...]

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Mark Ryan Walla Walla Reds

Mark Ryan McNeilly stopped by last week with a flight of his new 2012 wines. The 2012s are all they’re rumored to be: gorgeous upfront fruit, amazingly velvety textures, structure to support cellaring. NumbSkull is Mark’s brand new Walla Walla project. They share the same gregarious nature of Mark Ryan reds while highlighting the strengths [...]

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98 & 97 point Reds

Happy Friday from Marcus and Andy, We’re digging out of the snow and trying to stay warm. Guess what we found in a snow drift? Handfuls of the crazy highly rated Washington wine. So what the heck, here they are in a an insane 3-pack (and due to thy’re limited nature, only available in this [...]

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Our Go-To Red Blends

Our go-to Big Reds share three things: they’re some of the best Washington wines we’ve tasted all year, they’re all Big Reds Club selections, and they are all red blends. For years, many of our favorite Washington wines have been red blends. We like single varietals too, of course, but blends often seem more complete [...]

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Finally back to tasting…

It’s nearly impossible to review new releases in December. We put in some unusually late hours at the new shop (12:55 was a new record) and lacked the time and energy to open anything for contemplation (read: we opened things for drinking). With the holiday madness behind us, we’re finally finding time to sit down and [...]

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