Auction of Washington Wines Announces 2019 Honorary Vintner and Honorary Grower

Auction of Washington Wines
March 12, 2019

Nonprofit names Chris Gorman as Honorary Vintner and Scott Williams as Honorary Grower During Taste Washington Wine Month

The Auction of Washington Wines (AWW), Washington state’s only nonprofit wine event that has been around for 32 years, today recognized Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery as its 2019 Honorary Vintner and Scott Williams of Kiona Vineyards as its 2019 Honorary Grower. The individuals were selected because they exemplify leadership in the industry and have made significant contributions to the Washington wine community. These honorary positions are peer-nominated and reserved for leaders who deeply invest in and positively impact the Washington state wine community.>>>Read the entire article on Auction of Washington Wines

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Ste. Michelle Books 27 Shows for Summer Concert Series

Chateau Ste. Michelle lifted the spirits of many in throughout the Pacific Northwest on Friday with a harbinger of spring, announcing the complete lineup for its 35th annual Summer Concert Series.

There are a number of repeat performances within the schedule of 27 concerts, which begins June 13 with singer Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty fame and ends Sept. 20-21 with back-to-back shows by R&B legend Earth, Wind & Fire.

Tickets for each show go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9 through Ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000. The winery’s Vintage Reserve Club receives its customary two-day advance on ticket sales on Thursday, March 7. Those 10,000 members need to check their email on Wednesday for the presale codes.

Ste. Michelle began to tease its lineup in January with the announced dates for Mark Knopfler, who will appear Sept. 14-15. (Both shows by the co-founder of Dire Straits are sellouts.) Last month, the winery announced the dates for the June 21-22 shows featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead and Ziggy Marley as well as the consecutive dates for An Evening with Josh Groban: Bridges Tour (Aug. 24-25). Those four shows also have been popular, leading to a pair of early sellouts.>>>Read the entire article on Great Northwest Wine

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6 of the Best Wineries in Washington State

Press Release
February 26, 2019

Woodinville Wine Country was included on AFAR.com, in the article “6 of the Best Wineries of Washington State.” Woodinville is referenced front and center as an easy, convenient wine destination that offers the “opportunity to taste wines from across the state (including its most remote locales).” Woodinville’s Long Shadows, DeLille Cellars and Avennia are all featured! 

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Dusted Valley Wines – Washington State Grown, Midwest Roots

Minnesota Monthly
February 11, 2019


From proud Midwest farm kids to one of Wine & Spirit Magazine’s Top 100 Wineries of the Year, Dusted Valley has made a name for itself by mixing science, a fair bit of experimentation, and a blend of old-world techniques to bring spectacular Washington state wine to life. 

Founded on the notion that when family pulls together, the American dream can turn into a living reality, Wisconsin natives Chad and Janet Johnson and Corey and Cindy Braunel moved to Washington in 2003 and started what would become the 52nd winery to proudly call the Walla Walla Valley home. “You’ve heard of blind enthusiasm, the tireless entrepreneurial spirit. Failure wasn’t an option for us,” says co-owner Corey Braunel. “It doesn’t mean you don’t…>>>Read the entire article on The Minnesota Monthly

[photo cred: Colby Kuschatka]

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Woodinville photojournalist debuts VineLines Dispatch

Great Northwest Wine
February 11, 2019

Today, we introduce The VineLines Dispatch by Richard Duval, our contributing and frequently roving photojournalist.

The VineLines Dispatch will serve as an occasional roundup of dispatches from the Pacific Northwest wine community and echoes the classic “three dot column” long used in newspapers and magazines to note short items of interest that can develop into in-depth profiles for Great Northwest Wine.

Duval’s basecamp is his shared studio in the Woodinville Warehouse District, but he has been known to bivouac overnight in his SUV, tucked among vines to chase photography’s “golden hour” of natural light.

Our plan is to publish The VineLines monthly. As the season develops and Duval hits the road more often, look for it more often. Wineries are welcome to place him on your media mailing list for news items – rduval@vinelines.com – to help keep consumers and the industry stay informed on the latest happenings in the Pacific Northwest wine community.>>>Read the entire article on Great Northwest Wines

[photo cred: Duval Images]

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Northwest Wine: Prosser Showcases History in Heart of Yakima Valley

Tri-City Herald – BY Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman at
Great Northwest Wine
February 5, 2019

Bunnel Family Cellars and Mibrandt Vineyards are featured in four wines from Prosser wineries that performed well in last fall’s 19th Platinum Judging. Complete results are at www.winepressnw.com. Ask for the wines at your favorite wine shop or contact the wineries directly.>>>Read the entire article on the Tri-City Herald

[Photo cred:] Duval Images

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The Best of Valentine’s Day: Deals and Events in Woodinville Wine Country

Is it really Valentine’s Day without wine? Woodinville Wine Country has special offers and events all month long whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day or just a special occasion with family and friends. We hope to see you in wine country soon!  

Auclair Winery
Bring your special someone and enjoy 2 for 1 tastings and 25% off bottles of our highly rated Cabernet Franc on Saturday, 2/16.

Brian Carter Cellars
Join Brian Carter Cellars for a Wine & Chocolate Pairing on February 9th 1-4pm
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, enjoy a romantic afternoon with Wellington Chocolate. This local Woodinville chocolatier will be serving up samples of their fine chocolates and toffee to enjoy with our European-inspired blended wines. To make the day extra special, winemaker Brian Carter will be on hand pouring a vertical tasting of Opulento (2013, 2014, & 2015) to round out your pairing with these exquisite chocolates. Specials that day include discounts on the Opulento three-pack vertical and discounts on Opulento & Chocolate combinations, packaged ready for Valentine’s Day.

Cave B Estate Winery
Enjoy special pricing on the ‘Cave Couple’ duo. The Cavewoman White is a delicious white blend and the Caveman is our red blend. Also try the 2018 Dry Rose’ and 2016 unoaked Chardonnay. Both popular and tasting amazing right now!

Chateau Ste. Michelle
On February 9th and 10th, the Chateau is hosting ‘Speak to Me in Chocolate,’ a seated tasting in the theater where you will learn about wine and chocolate, how to pair the two, and listen as they speak to you in chocolate. Come Indulge! On Saturday February 16th they are also hosting a Valentine’s Day chef’s dinner from 7pm – 10pm featuring dishes that are sure to warm your heart and spice up your night. Throughout the month of February you will receive 15% off all Winery Experiences (excluding Enoteca, Col Solare Bottega, and Single Vineyard tasting), perfect for couples or groups. The BLEND experience is perfect for any celebration and you even have the chance to leave with a bottle of your own creation to document the special occasion.

DeLille Cellars
DeLille Cellars is offering their ‘Just D2 of Us’ and ‘Opposites Attract’ gift sets for Valentine’s Day at special prices. Just D2 of Us includes the 25th vintage of D2, two DeLille Cellars logo glasses, and D2-infused chocolates in a gift box while Opposites Attract features the Chaleur Blanc (white Bordeaux-style blend) and 25th vintage of D2 (red Bordeaux-style blend) in a gift box. They will also be bringing back a limited amount of Rosé for February.

J. Bookwalter Wines
Stop by the J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio in Woodinville on Saturday, February 9th for a Valentine’s Day Stella & Dot Pop Up! They will be offering specials and promos all day to help you find the perfect bottle of wine for your Valentine’s Day Dinner. This event is free to attend, don’t miss out on this shopping and sipping afternoon!

Milbrandt Vineyards
Beginning February 14th through the 17th, Milbrandt Vineyards will be pouring their new release of the 2018 Rosé and all wine tastings will include a complimentary sample. Wine Club Members can visit the Members Only Rosé Lounge on Sat., February 16th 1pm – 5pm for snacks and rosé-themed surprises!

Skylite Cellars
The Woodinville tasting room is proud to offer their Sweetheart Trio for $59 between Feb 13-17 (reg $76) which includes one bottle each of:
2017 Vera Akito: Semillon, Sauv Blanc, Muscat
2017 Vera Rose: 100% Grenache
2017 VRM: Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne
The VERA series is named after winemaker Greg Matiko’s daughter, who’s birthday is also in 2017. Vera, meaning faithful and true, makes this Skylite Cellars trio the ideal Valentine offering for your sweetheart! Plus, on Feb 16th RSVP to their Perfect Pairings event — Lovers of Wine & Lovers of Cheese! Between 12-7pm you will enjoy perfectly matched Skylite wines with individual gourmet cheese plates! $20; RSVPs required; Contact Sharon@skylitecellars.com.

The Best of Valentine’s Day: Deals and Events in Woodinville Wine Country

Willows Lodge
The Do Not Disturb Package is perfect for a quick romantic overnight getaway for Valentine’s Day or anytime! Rates start at $419/night.
Reserve your spot on Open Table at The Barking Frog for their special Valentine’s Day Pri Fixe Menu. Chef Bobby and team are serving up a sumptuous menu available Feb. 14-17 $80.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity/wine pairings $45 course. Limited seating available.

The Best of Valentine’s Day: Deals and Events in Woodinville Wine Country

[photo cred:] Willows Lodge, Milbrandt Vineyards, Skylite Cellars

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Northwest Wine: Washington Red Blends Play by Old World Rules

Many major wine-producing regions can lay claim to a signature blend.

In France’s Bordeaux region, it can be based on any of the red grapes, often Cabernet Sauvignon. In the Rhône Valley, it could be Syrah. In Cahors, it is Malbec. In Australia, it likely is to be Shiraz/Syrah. In Spain, there’s Tempranillo. In Italy, the foundation often is Sangiovese.

These regional differences come out of tradition, often built from generations of winemaking, based on what winemakers learned from centuries of learned observations.>>>Read the entire article featuring Woodinville’s Lobo Hills and Pepper Bridge Winery on the Tri-city Herald

photo cred: Duval Images

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