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The State of Washington 2014

Finding out what makes Washington's wine industry tick.

Tomorrow I’ll begin a two part look at wines that I recently tasted while traveling throughout the state of Washington, but I thought it would be a good idea to preface those notes today with a brief look at some of the wheres and whys of Washington State’s wines. Washington State remains a bit of mystery to most people, pumping out attractive wines but without the cache or the backstory that many other regions have managed to take advantage of. Coming as they do from vineyards located almost exclusively in the eastern half of the state, relatively far from the population centers of Seattle and Spokane, it’s no surprise they few folks make the effort to get out there and visit but if you do there’s a lot to glean from a boots on the ground visit. Climate When most of us think of Wash...

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Three Keys to In-store Displays

Building the best for the Holidays and beyond

As the holiday season bears down on us it’s worth taking some time to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to maximize the effects of your in-store displays. While we all love helping our...

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Dona Paula's Virtual Tasting Recap

Talking terroir with Martin Kaiser

Last month we had our most recent Virtual Tasting featuring the wines of Argentina’s Dona Paula Estate. While tasting through four wines we were treated to Martin Kaiser’s narratives. Matin, as the...

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The Wines of Germany 101

Taking a look at the where, what, whys and whens of Germany

Old world wine countries are challenging to describe. Simply put, too much is going on and too much has gone on there for brief summaries to be of much help when trying to learn about their wines, ...

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Wines of Chile 101

Taking a look at the where, what, whys and whens of Chile

Oct 28, 2013 at 12:00am
Chilean wine has had an interesting past few decades in the established markets of the northern hemisphere. The UK in particular has enjoyed these wines for decades, taking advantage of their modes... Read More »


The Wines of Argentina 101

Taking a look at the where, what, whys and whens of Argentina

Oct 21, 2013 at 12:00am
Argentina has emerged as one of wine’s great success stories of the 21st century, which might be disappointing to the Argentines who have afterall been at this for several hundred years. None the l... Read More »


Vintage Watch XIII

Many harvests are safely in the bag, or vat, yet other producers must still hope for sunny skies

Sep 30, 2013 at 12:00am
The coming week or two really are the crossroads of this harvest season. Producers in the north of California are focusing on bringing in some of their later vineyards while in Oregon there is a bi... Read More »


Vintage Watch XII

Harvests are ending, harvests are starting, we are in the thick of it

Sep 23, 2013 at 12:00am
This is really crunch time. Folks in cooler areas and those regions that may have suffered a slow start to the season and/or have particularly late ripening grapes to worry about can now commence w... Read More »


Vintage Watch XI

With harvest in high gear everybody's hoping for cool nights, and sunny days

Sep 16, 2013 at 12:00am
With summer fading into a memory, more quickly in some places than others, grape growers and winemakers are all in the midst of harvest. As the grapes reach peak maturity, which of course means dif... Read More »


Vintage Watch X

Ten weeks in and harvest is in full swing

Sep 10, 2013 at 12:00am
We are ten weeks in to Vintage Watch and the harvest is now going at full throttle. On the west coast, in California especially in the north producers are looking at an awful lot of fruit that is r... Read More »


5 Wines to Focus on this Fall

Breaking out of the routine with some exciting options for Autumn.

Sep 4, 2013 at 12:00am
While autumn doesn’t officially begin until September 21st, we all know what the real deal is. Summer begins Memorial Day weekend and ends on Labor Day. Even the weather, usually, plays along. So w... Read More »


Vintage Watch IX

Watching the weather as harvest 2013 kicks into high gear.

Sep 2, 2013 at 12:00am
The moment of truth is fast approaching for the northern hemisphere's vineyards. Everything up until harvest is pretty much dress rehearsal, the devastating hail in France withstanding. These final... Read More »


Top Value Sauvignon Blanc

The last refuge of affordably typicity?

Aug 27, 2013 at 12:00am
There aren’t many wines out there where you can score a great example for around $12. Sure there is a lot of inexpensive wine, and some of it is good, but does it speak to you about varietal charac... Read More »


Unsung Heros - Italian Whites

Scratching the surface of all that Italy has to offer

Aug 22, 2013 at 12:00am
I’ve been on a bit of a get out of your comfort zone kick as of late, and at the same time I’ve been thinking of some Italian white wines and what great values they can be. In truth the ‘Amazing Wh... Read More »

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  • 1015486334 dave i would like to learn what tasteing notes mean to a beginer.. how do you define the "oak" what are "tannins" along withthe other commentarie words like berry smoke ect.. many of us like me have tasted a wine we liked a lot and would like to know more of how to find things we like by understanding what you experts mean. me i dont like wine with a hint of vingar or tart were your mouth feels dry i tryed one that said sweet and fruty but .. it was not so come on you experts what does all this mean to a beginer?

  • 318028Ritab70 Dave I certainly empathize with you and would like to know that as well. I was lucky enough to buy a lot of vintage bottles of Red Bordeaux and I know what tastes delicious and what does not but to say it has a smoky taste or the berry smell I don't get it.

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