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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Oregon and Washington State Wines Return to London

TheDrinksBusiness.com
February 19, 2019

A total of 35 wineries will pour 250 wines at the event on 14 March, including wineries with existing UK distribution links, as well as a number of businesses seeking importers including DeLille Cellars, Betz Family Wines, and Matthews Winery from Washington and Patton Valley Vineyards, Rivers Edge and Voix de La Vigne from Oregon.>>>Read the entire article on TheDrinksBusiness.com

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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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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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Jason Gorski takes over reins at DeLille Cellars

Great Northwest Wine
January 24, 2019

WOODINVILLE, Wash. – DeLille Cellars, one of Washington state’s leading wineries, announced Wednesday that Jason Gorski has been promoted to replace co-founder Chris Upchurch as director of winemaking and viticulture.

Gorski has seen production grow from 10,000 cases to approximately 30,000 cases since he joined the Woodinville showpiece in 2011. In addition to overseeing DeLille’s 60 acres of vineyards, Gorski’s responsibilities also include the smooth transition of the former Redhook Brewery tank room into a vinification facility designed to keeping DeLille in the international spotlight.

“Established with a focus on wine quality, DeLille Cellars is an integral part of the history of Washington wine and its increasing reputation throughout the world,” Gorski stated in a news release. “I look forward to continuing to build upon that foundation, working to continuously improve our wines and promote the excellence of Washington vineyards.”>>>Read the entire article on Great Northwest Wine

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The Sommelier Side Hustle: Winemaking

The Wall Street Journal
January 10, 2019

Not content to merely recommend bottles, many sommeliers are getting into the business of making wine. Having sampled the results, our wine columnist offers some recommendations of her own

IN THE documentary “Somm 3,” the latest in a series of sommelier-focused films, the somms aren’t just tasting and recommending wines—they’re making them, too.>>>If you are a subscriber… read the entire article featuring Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen, winemaker at W.T. Vintners on The Wall Street Journal (or see PDF below)

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Blend Your Own Bottle of Wine Out at Sea

KING5
January 14, 2019

Blend wine with Chateau Ste. Michelle on select Holland America cruises.

If you’ve ever wanted to be a winemaker, now’s your chance. Washington’s founding winery Chateau Ste. Michelle provides a unique wine blending experience on board two of Holland America’s cruise ships. Guests can blend their own bottles from a selection of five different wines, design their own labels and enjoy their concoction with dinner.>>>Read the entire article and watch the video on KING5

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