By Duane Pemberton One hundred-twenty miles off the coast of Greece is the island of Santorini, an island that’s left over remains from a volcanic explosion around 1640 B.C. There are three indigenous white grapes grown here – Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani. I was super excited to try these two whites from Santorini and after [...]
By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.andrewwill.com Located on Vashon Island, Andrew Will Winery has been a local favorite by wine lovers and sommeliers for over a decade. Its winemaker, Chris Camarda, is a long-time veteran in knowing how to work well with Washington Fruit that nearly always translates into very expressive wines. Technical Data: Composition: 38% [...]
By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.manupropriawinery.com Taken from the Italian meaning of “by my own hand”, Manu Propria is a very small winery located in Woodinville Washington that is owned by Mike and Rachel Macmorran. They produced only 70 cases of this exceptional wine and the only way to get future releases is to sign-up on [...]
By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://stagsleap.com While California has never been really known for “killer Viognier” there are a few producers in that state which seem to do a pretty good job with it. This 2011 Stags’ Leap does a good job of combing fruit, acid and some minerality. Technical Data: Vineyard sources: Oak Knoll and [...]
Posted on 30 April 2013.
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 [...]
Posted on 26 April 2013.
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 [...]
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 15 April 2013.
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 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.
Posted on 15 March 2013.
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 [...]
Posted on 06 March 2013.
Miami Beach, Florida (March 2013) – The 12th annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE, which took place February 21–24, 2013, expects to raise $1.9 million for Florida International University’s (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. After [...]
Posted on 28 February 2013.
By Duane Pemberton Company website: www.kia.com Base price: $17,603 Fuel Economy: (CTY/HWY) 23/28 mpg Transmission: Continuously Variable 6-speed Automatic Basic Warranty: 5 Yr./ 60000 Mi. Totaly Seating: 5 Cylinders: Inline 4 Fuel tank capacity: 12.7 gallons Fuel type: Regular unleaded Curb weight: 2778 lbs Horsepower: 164 @ 6400 rpm Torque: 148 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm [...]
Posted on 28 February 2013.
By Duane Pemberton Company website: http://www.nissanusa.com Base price: $22,110 Fuel Economy: (CTY/HWY) 25/30 mpg Transmission: Continuously Variable 6-speed Automatic Basic Warranty: 3 Yr./ 36000 Mi. Totaly Seating: 5 Cylinders: Inline 4 Fuel tank capacity: 11.8 gallons Fuel type: Premium recommended Curb weight: 3172 lbs Horsepower: 188 Torque: 177 lb-ft
Posted on 27 February 2013.
By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.stagsleap.com Stags’ Leap Winery was established in 1893, making it one of the oldest wineries in the State of California and the oldest in the Stags Leap district. It has built a loyal following off of its Petite Sirah and for good reason – using 30-year old vines helps add [...]
Posted on 26 February 2013.
By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.lafite.com/eng Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape in the country of Chile and this 2009 Le Dix bottle sources grapes which come from 70-year old vines. Meaning “10″ in French, Le Dix was first introduced in 1996 to commemorate Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)’s first ten years in Chile. Since it [...]
Posted on 25 February 2013.
The 11th Annual Boca Bacchanal, March 22-24, 2013, Benefits Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum Eight Events in One Spectacular Food & Wine Weekend Boca Raton, FL, February 20, 2013 — The 11th Annual Boca Bacchanal will be held March 22-24, during which guests will sip, savor and bid throughout an array of world-class events. [...]
Posted on 25 February 2013.
Coming this June, you’ll have the chance to check out some of Walla Walla’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon producers and see how they stack up against Napa Cab. The line up consists of these producers from Walla Walla: Rick Small – Woodward Canyon Chris Figgins – Leonetti Cellar Jean Francois Pellet – Pepper Bridge / Amavi [...]