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Review: 2011 Kennedy Shaw Riesling

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.thewoodhousewineestates.com For winemaker, Jean Claude Beck, making old-world style wine is in his DNA. Born in the Alsace region of France, Jean’s obvious influence of the area he grew up in comes to life in this Riesling. Easily, one of the best, if not the best Riesling’s I’ve had from Washington […]

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2010 Dunham Cellars Riesling – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.dunhamcellars.com Dunham Cellars has been producing wines in Walla Walla since 1995 and as far was the Washington Wine industry goes, that’s a long time. Winemaker, Eric Dunham, started things off and handed over most of the wine-making duties to Dan Wampfler back in 2008. Technical Data:  Vineyard: Lewis Estate […]

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2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.eroicawine.com/ The Eroica project is a joint-venture between Chateau Ste. Michelle and world-famous Dr. Loosen of Germany – widely considered the mastermind of Riesling. This is a special wine label for CSM and has done a lot to really showcase how great Washington State Riesling can be. Technical Data:  Total […]

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2010 Naches Heights Riesling – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://nhvines.com/ Naches Heights Vineyard is a winery that’s run by Phil Cline – a Yakima area resident who’s passion and personality for wine come through in each bottle. This affordably-priced riesling represents a good quality of wine for the money. Technical Data:  Harvest Date October 28th. 2010 Brix’s  21.6 TA […]

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2006 Eroica Single Berry Select Riesling – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.eroicawine.com Chateau Saint Michelle produces more riesling than any other single producer and a part of its program for this wonderful varietal is the Eroica program. It’s a label that produces rieslings with an old-meets-new world approach. This particular single berry select harnesses the know how of the famous Dr. […]

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Saviah Jack – Round-up

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.saviahcellars.com A lot of wineries have figured out that in order to grow revenue, coming up with a quality second-label at the sub-$20 price-point is a great idea. Even though Saviah has been lavished in praised by both fans and crititcs, owner/winemaker, Richard Funk launched the “Jack” line of second-label […]

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2009 Long Shadows Poet’s Leap – Reivew

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.longshadows.com Made by German great, Armin Diel, this Washington Riesling has been a rising star and is widely considered one of the front-runner’s in the industry. It’s known for that classic German richness and acidity with an overall balance but at it’s price point, it’s one of the more expensive […]

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2009 Crayelle Dry Riesling – Review

Craig Mitrakul is the owner and winemaker of Crayelle Cellars and has quite a long resume of making award-winning wines for a number premium Washington Wineries and has emerged onto the radar of Washington wine aficionados as one of the wine-makers to watch. Blend: 100% Riesling (clones 90 and 198) Fermentation: Primary fermentation was in […]

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2009 Saint Laurent Riesling

Hailing from the greater Wenatchee Washington area, Saint Laurent winery makes a big deal of owning its own fruit which in this day and age can be a good thing. While it’s clearly not a guarantee of great wine it can help and it certainly hasn’t hurt the flavor of the 2009 Riesling. Its winemaker, […]

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Kana Winery Katie Mae White

Located in Yakima Washington, Kana Winery has a knack for producing wines from some of the state’s less-popular grapes – like Lemberger, Marsanne and Tempranillo to name a few. Even though Yakima proper hasn’t really been known as a “winery town” – Kana seems to do quite well for itself. You’ll find its tasting room is […]

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Olsen Estates 3-Way Action

Prosser Washington is in the heart of the famed Columbia Valley appellation and started off as a farming community. That spirit of farming the fertile soils over that area live on in the likes of the Olsen Family who now have their own estate winery. What really makes wines shine, from any region, is when […]

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2008 Efeste Evergreen Riesling

For years, too many American wineries were making riesling wines which were entirely way too sweet – they were, after all, trying to cater to the palates of their clients. Thankfully, however, both their approach and the greater palate at large have matured to the point where we as users demand more food-friendly wines and […]

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A pair of Tsillan Whites

Winery Website: www.tsillancellars.com The name Tsillan is the original Native American word we now say as Chelan – which is a deep, long, lake up in north-central Washington State and is quickly rising up as one of the state’s destination wine tourist spots. Know for its long, hot summers and aird climate, it’s no wonder […]

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2007 Pacific Rim Vin de Glaciere Riesling

Price: $18 Winery Link: http://rieslingrules.com  Many wine drinkers today have sorta given sweeter wines a bat rap – I mean, who can handle all that sugar on ones palate, right? Well, outside of wine-newbies (who tend to gravitate towards the sweeter side), there’s a lot one can appreciate with wines of this fare if you either […]

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2007 Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Riesling

Winery Link: www.rieslingrules.com Winery Contact email: info@rieslingrules.com MSRP: $20.00 There is perhaps no other winery I know of in the United States which are bigger zealots of Riesling – we’re talking about Pacific Rim here folks. Started-up a few years ago by the famous wine-mogul of Bonny Doon  Vineyard in Santa Cruz California, Pacific Rim […]

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2006 Poet’s Leap Riesling

Winery Link Riesling has been said to be the “most food-friendly” grape available – its diversity is nothing short of incredible and it’s one of the “gateway” grapes to help folks come into the wine-world fold of things. Over the past few years, however, this kick-ass grape started getting a bad reputation on this side […]

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Riesling Duel – Milbrandt vs. Pacific Rim

I’m not sure if it’s quite yet achieved cult-like status, but there’s little doubting riesling’s recent come-back as a serious white-grape contender for your dollars. I’m personally glad to see wineries making good, dry stuff and forgoing the ultra-cheap-tasting, over-the-top-sugar crap we see all to often in your local grocery store. Mildbrandt Vineyards 2006 Traditions […]

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