By Duane Pemberton While Argentina clearly rocks the Malbec, there’s another little-known varietal that it does a good job with as well – Bonarda. Originally from Italy – largely grown in the Piedmont region – this grape has really started to take off quite well in Argentina. Technical Data: Varietal: 100% Bonarda Vineyard: Ugartech Lujan [...]
By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://pedroncelli.com/ Price: $19 Many wine lovers appreciate a good port-style (or fortified) wine with dessert or to simply lightly sip on with a cigar or pipe. This 2005 port-style wine from Pedroncelli offers a great deal of complexity at a price that won’t break the bank. Technical Data: Appellation: Dry Creek [...]
By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.kilikanoon.com.au/ Even though Australia is primarily known for its outstanding Shiraz, it’s also home to some very good white wines as well – like this 2012 Riesling from Kilikanoon. It’s dry, finishes very well and for sure plays along very well with various kinds of food. Technical Data: Residual Sugar: 1.8g/L [...]
We caught-up with winemaker of Karma Vineyards, Craig Mitrakul, just in time to capture some video of he and his crew disgorging their upcoming sparkling wines. The first picture here is that of the bottle chiller which does an ultra-fast cooling job on each bottle before its disgorged. If you’d like a detailed explanation of [...]
By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.chateaustjean.com/ California certainly has a reputation for making over-oaked Chardonnay, however, this 2010 bottling from the Robert Young Vineyard is different. It has a much better balance than many of its peers at its respective price range and is rather food friendly. Technical Data: Harvest Dates: Sept. 30-Oct. 19, 2010 Harvest [...]
Posted on 07 May 2013.
Wenatchee, Wash. (May 7, 2013) – After more than a year of dreaming, planning and construction, Pybus Public Market, located at 3 North Worthen, Wenatchee, will open its doors to the public in its inaugural debut (soft opening) on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 a.m. The soft opening will allow the public to step back in time to [...]
Posted on 16 April 2013.
Riedel has partnered with Argentina Malbec producer, Graffigna, to release the first ever wine glass that’s dedicated to Malbec. Riedel claims that the glasses shape help capture all the available nuances of this popular varietal from South America. We recently acquired a set of these that were conveniently packaged with a bottle of Gaffigna Malbec so [...]
Posted on 10 April 2013.
By: Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.waterbrook.com (Seattle WA 4/10/2013) – A brand of Precept, Waterbrook Winery is a relatively large producer in Walla Walla Washington and is also one of the older wineries in the area. It has wide distribution on a national level so finding its wines shouldn’t be too difficult. Technical Data: Varietal blend: 91% [...]
Posted on 10 April 2013.
By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.andrewwill.com Seattle WA – 4/10/2013 – Based on Vashon Island, Andrew Will has become one of the Northwest’s favorite “cult-like” wineries. Its small production and jedi-like winemaking prowess of Chris Carmarda have raised up a loyal following and strong demand for the wines, every vintage. Technical Data: Composition: 65%, Cabernet Sauvignon [...]
Posted on 03 April 2013.
On March 31, Bloomberg posted up what I call a “hit-piece” on Washington wine entitled: “Washington Wines Pack High Alcohol Wallop, Little Else“. In this post, the author samples a few wines from our State and then goes on to slander the industry here from that limited sampling. Here’s my open letter to the editor [...]
Posted on 01 April 2013.
There’s been recent news that Washington wine critic of Wine Enthusiast, Paul Gregutt, has launched his own label of wine – made by Precept Brands. A wine journalist who I hold in high regard, Blake Gray, has posted up a thought-provoking blog post on the ethics of this move by Gregutt. A few points that [...]
Posted on 26 March 2013.
SEATTLE, WASH—(March 26, 2013)— Thousands of wine consumers gathered at CenturyLink Field Event Center this weekend for the annual Taste Washington celebration hosted by the Washington State Wine Commission and Visit Seattle. The highlight of the two-day event was a series of seminars led by top wine-makers and leading wine experts; and this year’s seminars [...]
Posted on 21 March 2013.
Governor Rick Snyder has declared April as “Michigan Wine Month” to honor Michigan’s wide selection of quality wines and the wine industry’s significant contribution to the economy. Sales of Michigan wine in the state rose more than 6 percent in 2012, while total wine sales increased just 1 percent. Michigan wine sales have outpaced total [...]
Posted on 18 March 2013.
By Duane Pemberton I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll do so again – the Seattle Wine and Food Experience is one of my favorite single-day events of its kind in the greater Seattle area. Organizer, Jamie Peha (formerly with the Washington Wine Commission), is no stranger to event planning and this is one that shows [...]
Posted on 17 March 2013.
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