At the end of each year I recognize a winery that I feel stands apart from the rest. It doesn’t have to be a small winery, but it has to produce outstanding wines on a consistent basis. Wines with character and personality, wines that reflect both the artistic side of the wine maker and be commercially viable. Any wine maker can make what they like, but can they also make wines that others will enjoy without compromising their vision of what they want their wines to be. This is a fine line to walk, and I have found that Michael Savage has accomplished this at Savage Grace Wines.>>>READ MORE at The Seattle P.I.
KOMO News interviews Morgan Lee, winemaker at Two Vintners and Covington Cellars, on food and wine pairing when hosting during the holiday’s. Featuring food from Bobby Moore at Barking Frog in the Willows Lodge in Woodinville, plus Washington wines from Two Vintners and Baer Winery.
Jean Claude Beck, a native of the Alsace region of France, is thrilled to be crafting a broad variety of wines for The Woodhouse Wine Estates in Woodinville.
IN THE OLD WORLD, a winemaker is pretty much required to use certain grapes in different places. For example, Bordeaux winemakers don’t use syrah, and Rhône Valley winemakers don’t work with cabernet sauvignon. In many cases, that’s the law. And that can frustrate some winemakers who would like to make wines from a wider variety of grapes and in different styles. That’s why many Old World winemakers move to the West Coast, where virtually every classic wine grape is grown.
One native of Alsace, France, is thrilled to be working with Washington grapes, and he’s making the most of the opportunity. Jean Claude Beck crafts a broad number of wines for The Woodhouse Wine Estates in Woodinville, not far from Chateau Ste. Michelle. Beck’s family has been making wine since the 1570s. He was a winemaker in France for many years before moving to the United States, where he started in California before heading north to Washington to work for Brian Carter at Apex Cellars. >>>READ MORE at The Seattle Times
Yes, the free wine tastings are a big draw. But there’s more to winery tours than meets the tongue. Lettie Teague goes behind the scenes at Chateau Ste. Michelle, one of the best-known wineries in the U.S., to find out what really makes a tour tick.
MORE THAN a quarter million wine lovers visit Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash., each year. Quite a few of them take the free tour of the winery, one of the best-known in the country as well as the oldest and largest in Washington state. Some take the tour to learn a little bit about wine production, grape growing and the history of winemaking in Washington, while others do so for the free wine.
The tour is one of the most important features at Chateau Ste. Michelle, according to Joan Fennell, who is in charge of training new tasting-room…READ MORE on the Wall Street Journal
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In a very short time, in the grand scheme of wine, Washington has put itself firmly on the map of greatness. Washington first became known for its dry Riesling wines, along with celebrating classic French varieties like Merlot and Syrah, two that have had difficulty in other parts of America. These wines continue to shine, especially from producers like Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pepper Bridge, and L’Ecole No 41. I recently visited the state and stayed in the charming area around Woodinville, home of Chateau Ste. Michelle, about 40 minutes outside of Seattle. Here are a few selections that stood out. (Tastings were complimentary, along with some samples being sent or tasted for editorial consideration.) Elegant, refined and regal, Riesling…READ MORE>>>D Magazine: Sidedish
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It would explain why the inaugural WineCraft: Harvest Wine Auction at The DeLille Chateau will be 1-4 p.m., Oct. 25. That’s Week 7 in the NFL, but the Seahawks play on Thursday night, Oct. 22, in the Bay Area against the rival 49ers.
The theater-style, Sunday matinee auction will feature new releases, reserves and limited bottlings from more than 15 wineries with a presence in Woodinville and spotlight Baer, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Artist Series, Col Solare, DeLille Cellars, Fidelitas, Gorman, JM Cellars, Lauren Ashton, Patterson Cellars and more.
Two of the Puget Sound’s top restaurants — El Gaucho and The Barking Frog — will provide hors d’oeuvres, and classical guitarist Enrique Henao will perform. A ticket costs $60. WineCraft: Harvest Wine Auction spotlights Woodinville…READ MORE>>>Great Northwest Wine
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After my ‘Cheap Date’ showing at the Seattle Wine Awards’ Celebrity Wine Challenge a few weeks ago, I was ready to exorcise those demons and drink in the wine at the Gold Medal Experience this past weekend.
The Seattle Wine Awards’ Gold Medal Experience is a wine tasting event benefitting the West Seattle Food Bank that features wineries that were awarded by the Wine Awards’ tasting panel with various distinctions of Double Gold and Gold medal winners. What I was excited about with the Gold Medal Experience is that the wineries in attendance brought their very best, but mostly a lot of these wines were new to me and up-and-comers on the Washington wine scene. And there were a few of the tried-and-true wineries that are crowd pleasers. Here’s my recap of the wines and wineries that stood out to me…READ MORE on KOMO News Seattle Refined
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The historic drought in Washington State has made things difficult for many people and many industries but at least one industry is reaping the benefits:
The drought is good for the wine making business.
Andrew Januik at Januik Winery says the dry and hot summer has sped up the wine making process. They are picking some of their grapes 2 to 3 weeks ahead of schedule. Mike Januik, who started the winery, says this is the earliest harvest he’s seen in more than 30 years. The grapes are smaller and there are not as many in the orchards, but the flavor is really concentrated and full. “A lower yield and bigger skins, it’s a good thing,” says Andrew Januik. Because the berries are smaller, there is less competition for the resources, so the flavor is very strong and bold. “Look out for 2015,” suggests Januik. “Try a few varieties.” Januik says customers will not notice a change in price…READ MORE and WATCH VIDEO HERE>>>Q13 Fox
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101 BEST WINERIES IN AMERICA FOR 2015
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#32 DELILLE CELLARS, WOODINVILLE, WASH.
Based in Woodinville, which sommelier, wine educator, and wine blogger Elizabeth Schneider calls “a wine outlet mall of sorts about 30 minutes outside of Seattle,” this gem of a winery produces wine under three labels: DeLille itself produces Bordeaux-style wines, Grand Ciel is the label for forthright cabernet and syrah, and Doyenne specializes in Rhône varieties. “All their wines,” according to Schneider, “are balanced, layered, and flavorful and remind me of European wines for their earthy, terroir-driven flavors.”