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Review: 2013 Buty Winery Line-up

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.butywinery.com Nina Buty’s winery that bears her name has gained a great deal of momentum over the past couple of years because of it’s wine quality. That quality squarely lands on winemaker, Chris Dowsett and his crew. He does a great job of producing approachable wines that should also age gracefully, […]

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Review: 2010 Amavi Syrah

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.amavicellars.com A sister winery of Pepperbridge in Walla Walla – Amavi allows winemaker, Jean-François Pellet, to have some fun with other varietals of grapes that don’t fall under the model of Pepper Bridge. This Syrah from the Walla Walla Les Collines vineyard is showing very well right now – let’s dive into […]

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2009 Amavi Cellars Syrah – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.amavicellars.com Sister winery to the famed Pepper Bridge Winery, Amavi has been producing wines that are aimed at delivering a really good quality-to-price ratio and this 2009 Syrah lives up to that. Sourced from Walla Walla AVA vineyards, the fruit in this wine is stellar and Jean-François Pellet (winemaker), doesn’t miss […]

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2009 Hogue Genesis Syrah – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.hoguecellars.com Hogue Cellars is a Washington Winery located in the town of Prosser – it’s one of the most recognizable brands from that state. Several years ago, however, it was acquired by Constellation Wines and since has seen a massive thrust into a national presence. Some of my first experiences […]

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2009 DaMa Damanation – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.damawines.com DaMa wines is a Walla Walla winery that was started by Dawn Kammer and Mary Derby – two women who met in Walla Walla, had a synergy that clicked so they decided to pursue their dreams of making great wines.   Technical Data:  Region: Columbia Valley Vineyard(s): Lonesome Spring […]

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2006 Snoqualmie Syrah Reserve – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.snoqualmie.com/ Washington State does a bang-up job offering mouthwatering Syrah – and a lot of them are really good values like this 2006 from Snoqualmie. Joy Anderson has a good track record of making insanely good wines for relatively low prices and this wine is no different. Technical Data: Acidity: 0.61 […]

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2009 Betz La Cote Rousse – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website:  http://www.betzfamilywinery.com Bob Betz could very well be the most respected winemaker in the state of Washington – his legacy as a Master of Wine and the accolades his winery continues to garner is amazing. But what makes Bob’s story rather unique in an industry full of self-aggrandizing-types is his utter […]

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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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2008 L’Ecole 41 Syrah – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.lecole.com L’Ecole 41 is easily one of the most iconic Walla Walla vintners there is – its founder, Marty Clubb, has nearly become a Washington Wine institution. His passion, longevity and overall know-how make him one of the more sought-after people in the industry. Technical Data: Composition 95% SYRAH, 5% GRENACHE […]

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2009 Betz Family Winery Syrah La Serenne – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.betzfamilywinery.com Family man and winemaker, Bob Betz is – by most accounts – the nicest man you’re likely to ever meet in the wine industry or in life, period. His kindness and gentle soul are reflective in his wine and frankly that’s why he’s had the success he’s had. Betz […]

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2007 Bergevin Lane Vineyards She-Devil Syrah

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://bergevinlane.com Washington State is well-known amongst its home-crowd for making kick-ass Syrah wines that not only go toe-to-toe with the best in the world but, frankly, at prices that are hard for most other regions to compete in. This Bergevin Lane “She-Devil” uses a combination of fruit from the Stone […]

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2007 Saviah Cellars Syrah – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.saviahcellars.com For Saviah Cellars’ owner/winemaker, Richard Funk, it’s not too difficult to make good wine since he sources some of the best fruit available out of Walla Walla and the Columbia Valley. Additionally, he has his own estate vineyards in near-by Milton Freewater Oregon – which is still apart of […]

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Maison Bleue delivers stellar Rhone varietals in WA

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://mbwinery.com/ For winemaker, Jon Martinez, deciding to focus on Rhone grapes in Washington State was a no-brainer. Years ago, he traveled to Rhone and fell in love with the wines of that region – and Washington State is one of the top regions in the USA to grow Rhone varietals. […]

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2007 Nota Bene Una Notte – Review

Inside Seattle’s Georgetown district there are a number of boutique wineries who have started there from a group of passionate proprietors – one of whom is Tim Narby. A Boeing worker by day, winemaker by moonlight – his passion for Washington wine has taken flight in the form of Nota Bene and he hasn’t slowed down […]

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4-way action with Bartholomew Winery

By Duane Pemberton Bart Fawbush is a man on a mission who’s armed with a little bit of know-how, some good industry contacts and a ton of passion. His Freshman release of wines is made with the help of an industry colleague but it’s to the style and preferences of Bart. In fact, the way […]

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2006 Dusted Valley Reserve Syrah

Dusted Valley Wines, headquartered in Walla Walla Washington, came onto the scene a few years ago and most recently won “Winery of the year”  Wine Press Northwest magazine. Its owners and winemakers launched back in 2003, becoming the 52nd winery to open in Walla Walla. They’re one of the few wineries in Washington that have […]

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2006 Col Solare

Col Solare is an effort by two partner companies to produce an ultra-premium red wine that uses fruit from the famous Columbia Valley in Washington State. It is headed up by Marchese Piero Antinori who arrived Washington back in 1992 – he met Ted Baseler of Chateau Ste. Michelle and the two hooked up. The […]

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Northwest Cellars – red and a white

Northwest Cellars was founded by Bob Delf in 2004 with a vision of producing quality wines with customizable labels, made to the customer’s choosing. It works with top vineyard sites throughout the Columbia Valley and in this review we take a look at their red and white blend. 2008 Adajio – W.E.P. Rating: 88% Technical […]

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Review: Hard Row to How – Round-up

When Don and Judy Phelps started this winery a few years ago they drew inspiration from the old brothel that once “served” the local mining community of the greater Lake Chelan area. For those not familiar with the landscape of this beautiful region in Washington State, it is indeed a bit different than Columbia Valley. […]

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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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