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Wines from my Biodynamic wine tasting

Just finished up a live segment on 99.3 “The Vine” out in Napa and here are the Biodynamic wines we talked about: 1. 2010 Pacific Rim Riesling 2. 2012 Emiliana “Novus” Sauvignon Blanc 3. 2011 Emiliana Natura Malbec 4. 2012 Emiliana Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 5. 2011 Koyle Carmenere 6. 2010 Matetic EQ Syrah  Winery websites: […]

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How to Tap a 5 Liter – courtesy of Hedges Winery

The folks at Hedges Family Estate have some fun, showing us how to put a tap into a 5-liter wine bottle:

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Screw caps: Not at all the “perfect” enclosure

Got a new wine shipment today with one “dead soldier” in the box which does happen from time to time. The difference is, however, the one that leaked was a bottle that had the “perfect enclosure” on it – a screw cap. While screw caps do hold in the “freshness” of a wine rather well, […]

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Life in the bubbly lane: Cantine Ferrari

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.cantineferrari.it Cantine Ferrari is an produce of sparkling wine done in the French way of Methode Champenoise and are located in near the foot of the Dolomite Mountains. Ferrari is a rather common last name in Italy, in fact I was told by their winemaker, Marcello Lunelli, at a recent lunch in […]

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Wineries worth visiting

Enjoyed at a party, on holiday by the beach or with a loved one over dinner, wine is one of life’s little luxuries. From a rich and fruity Merlot to a light and refreshing Chardonnay, there is always the perfect wine for any occasion and any taste. If you adore wine like me then you are […]

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An open letter to the editor at Bloomberg

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 […]

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The “ethics” of a winemaker critic

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 […]

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How wineries play the part of a peacock

We may not realize it, but wineries all over the world are making profit off of our consumerism mentality. What do I mean by that, you ask? I mean that everything they do – from the label design to the type of bottle they choose for a particular wine is calculated. It has nothing to […]

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Yakima Valley Red wine and Chocolate 2013 – Post Report

By Duane Pemberton It happens every year, the Yakima Valley teams with extra visitors hoping to check out some delicious red wine and chocolate pairings at wineries of the valley. One simply pays a $35 fee for a “passport” and it enables you to waive all the tasting fee’s at participating wineries – which includes […]

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Wine medals, do consumers care?

As a member of the “Wine Media” – I hear about medals won by wine all the time – in fact, I have been to a number of events where the wines were judged and awarded medals. My questions for consumers are: – Does anyone in the general wine-drinking public care about these medals – […]

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To the heart of Washington State – Wenatchee – in an Acura MDX

By Duane Pemberton It’s closer than most Seattleites might give it credit for – only about a 2.5 hour drive and you can find yourself in what’s consider the heart of Washington State and the Apple Capital of the World. Wenatchee has grown-up over the past few decades with a lot to offer both those looking […]

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Le Cadeau – a diamond mine of good Pinot in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.lecadeauvineyard.com/ While there are clearly lots of good Pinot Noir producers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, there are a few that seem to do a really good job of ever-so-slightly edging out the competition; one of those is Le Cadeau Vineyard and winery.  It’s a boutique winery in every […]

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The Label Project

http://thelabelproject.co/ About two weeks ago, I got an offer to join in an experiment called “The Label Project”. The premise of it is two taste three different wines not just blind in terms of producer but totally blind to everything. I wouldn’t know the producer, the region, the variety or anything about the wine other […]

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2012 Wine Rocks Seatte

This years Wine Rocks Seattle was bigger than ever – instead of being stuck in the ghetto-part of Seattle like last year, this one was right on pier 66 with an incredible view of Puget Sound. The Bell Harbor Convention Center is no stranger to wine events, nor is Jamie Peha – one of the […]

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Washington’s King County looking to bleed wineries even more

By Duane Pemberton If you go into most winery tasting rooms around the country, it’s not at all uncommon to see them serving little bites of food – mostly crackers but some also serve cheeses and cured meats as well. I don’t know about you but I can’t think of any time in the history […]

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Oregon: Helping the Walla Walla brand look good

By Duane Pemberton Let’s face it, American Viticulture Areas are a “brand” – they’re a brand of a geographical area that grows grapes. They help customers become familiar with the various regions and sub-regions of vineyards all over the country. The reason wineries love them is because they can bottle wine, stamp a specific AVA on […]

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Birthday Shoutout to Gilles Nicault

This past weekend, I was invited to the 40th Birthday Party for Gilles Nicault, winemaker at Long Shadows Vintners – it was a great time to be had by all – here are a few pics that can say a lot more than I can put into words about how much fun folks had. I […]

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Red Wine Compound May Fight Obesity

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Hyperdecanting Wine?

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The “yawnfest” of the “family winery” story

By Duane Pemberton If I were paid a quarter (I know it used to be a nickle, but times have changed) for every time I approached the table at a wine event of a winery or visited a winery I’m not familiar with,  and they start going into their spiel about: “”We’re a family winery” – blah […]

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