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2005 Milbrandt Traditions Merlot

I reviewed Milbrandt Vineyards‘ Riesling last month and wasn’t too impressed so I decided to give its 2005 Merlot a go to see if perhaps they can make red wine better than white. Butch Milbrandt and company sell tons of excellent fruit to some of Washington State’s top wineries so logic would have one believe […]

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2004 Colvin Cheval de Fantome

I freely admit it, I’m biased and guess what? I don’t care to admit that – I’m biased towards great wine and so should you be. Biases are what help us keep in tune with what we like in things, even though society makes that word a bad word, you should embrace your bias towards […]

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2005 Columbia Crest Merlot – H3 vs. Grand Estates

Just about every wine-drinker in the state of Washington and well beyond its boarders – is Columbia Crest. There is few other wineries this side of Chateau St. Michelle which have done more to propigate and further the local industry. It’s reach is very pervasive and they’ve done a great deal to help promote the […]

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Forgeron Cellars Line-up Review

When I first tried wines from Forgeron a few years ago at a public tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants in Seattle, I knew at the time this was a winery which was on to something good. I can recall how much I especially enjoyed their “Red Table Wine” (now called Walldeaux Smithie Red) and found […]

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Saint Laurent 2004 Merlot

Named after the famous martyr, Staint Laurent is a relatively new winery on the Washington wine scene and has seemed to have done a good job of ramping up quickly when it comes to producting quality wines. He was the staint of the poor and in that tradition, Saint Laurent winery celebrates that tradition with […]

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Fidelitas 2001 Meritage

Charlie Hoppes is without a doubt one of the State of Washington’s top winemakers. His passion for wine, love for people and know-how in the cellar room truely help him shine as one of the state’s prominent wine guru’s. A few years ago, he started up his own winery called Fidelitas and has done a […]

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Nicholas Cole 2003 Camille

Nicholas Cole Cellars in Walla Walla has done a great job of building up loyal following of its wines over the past few years and has garnered nationwide acclaim with its Camille – a bordeaux-style blend using Columbia Valley grapes. I always find it a bit on the ironic side whenever a Walla Walla-based winery […]

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Gifford-Hirlinger – Double Review

The winery with a name that sounds more like that of a law office is on deck today and they’re a pretty new winery out in Walla Walla but are one of the fortunate ones which own its own vineyards. I got the chance to interview its winemaker, Michael Berghan, the other day at the […]

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Saviah Cellars 2006 “Jack”

This is a wine that has gained quite a bit of popularity – especially in the restaurant scene – and for good reasons. It’s made by Richard Funk, owner/winemaker of Saviah Cellars – vintner renown for producing top-quality wines at competitive prices. Click image to enlarge Saviah has a strong reputation for its blended wines, […]

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Pine and Post – Washington’s answer to 3buck Chuck?

Lately, I’ve noticed a relatively newer label of Washington Wines at one of my local stores – called Pine & Post. This is a “Precept Brand” wine label which is made in Mattawa Washington by (according to industry sources) winemaker Gordon Hill, who is also the guru behind Milbrandt Vineyards and a former winemaker for […]

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