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Malbec: Easy-Drinking, Spicy Pleasure in a Glass

Malbec had always played a supporting role in the great red blends of Bordeaux, but during the 20th century, its role had steadily diminished to the point that many French estates were no longer including it in their blends. Then,

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Posted in Wine in the Glass, Wine Region Profiles

Washington Wineries Feature Summer Concert Series

Hosting live performances since 1984, the Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series in Woodinville, Wash., has provided a stage to some of the best artists in jazz, rock, blues and contemporary music: James Taylor, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Earth,

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Posted in Editor's Journal

Romantic Wine Getaways in Washington State and Northern California

It may be too late to plan a romantic wine-themed getaway for this Sunday, but you could still go online or make a few phone calls to make arrangements for later in the year — sort of like a Valentine’s

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Posted in Wine Buzz

A Lesson Learned in the Pacific Northwest: All Great Wines Begin in the Vineyard

There are certain grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon (among reds) and Chardonnay (among whites) that take well to barrel fermentation. There are others, such as Riesling, that would have their aromas and flavors obliterated by exposure to oak, and

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Posted in In the Cellar

Fascinating Winery Facts from Wines Vines Analytics

Back when I was a cub reporter for my hometown newspaper, covering high school baseball and football on the weekends, I knew that I was a “Figure Filbert.” That’s the nickname that was given to Ernest Lanigan, a reporter of

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Posted in Wine Buzz

3 Reasons Canlis Restaurant Is ‘Seattle’s Best’

When a restaurant wins three awards in a city magazine’s “Readers Choice Awards,” it cannot be ignored. And so it is with Canlis, selected by the readers of Seattle magazine as best splurge restaurant, for having the best view, and

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Where to Go for a Wine-Focused Thanksgiving

If you’re planning to take the year off from hosting the big Thanksgiving Day bash… or if you’re simply looking for an excuse to avoid Uncle Bill’s bad jokes… consider taking a trip to wine country. These days, “wine country”

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Dry Farming: An Option for More Grape Growers

Dry farming has been a choice for California grape growers through most of California’s wine history. But given the ongoing drought in the state, and its severity, it’s becoming more of a necessity. Dry farming basically means that a grower

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Easier to Sneeze Than Pronounce

Imagine if you were able to create a wine in a test tube. What characteristics would it have? Hmm… Let’s start with an aroma that’s engagingly floral, perhaps with a hint of sweet spice and a note that would differentiate

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Posted in Wine in the Glass

Taking Wine to New Heights in Washington

American Viticultural Areas are the U.S. equivalent of wine appellations in France. In order to gain AVA status, an area must be shown to possess unique characteristics that separate it from neighboring areas. In some cases, it’s the general environment.

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles
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