Category Archives: WASHINGTON

But, Will It Wash In Washington?

Damn straight it will. Personally, I’ve been a cheerleader for the wines of Washington ever since I was old enough to wear a five-stripe pleated skirt.  Prolific parameters of production aside, the Washington wine industry is still in its relative … Continue reading

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A Thorny Rose By Any Other Name…

There are many reasons why we underrated, underpaid, under-appreciated and under-the-bus thrown wine writers choose a particular wine to cover. It may be unrequited lust for the winemaker, like mine for Ontario’s Sue-Ann Staff. It may be a passive-aggressive need … Continue reading

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McKinley Springs: The Reputation is Spotless and the Wine’s a Hoot

If you like McKinley Springs chenin blanc, thank an owl. Twenty years ago, Doug Rowell was settling into a comfortable career in forestry management when the infamous ‘Spotted Owl Incident’ butted in, putting a virtual halt to logging in Washington … Continue reading

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Ting Tang, Walla Walla Malbec

Even if the wine’s not your cup of cab, just saying the name out loud is a kind of David Seville hangover. As for the rest, the fact that Walla Walla Valley and malbec got together in the first place … Continue reading

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Kamiak Wines Play Hail to the Chief

You know how there are these online translators like Babel Fish where you can paste some alien gobbledygook into a text box and it gets instantly converted into English? I’m thinking of launching a translator where you can convert ‘press … Continue reading

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Columbia Valley: Washington’s Wine Wehrmacht

That’s Columbia with a ‘u’—not to be confused with Colombia with an ‘o’, though both have, over the past half-century, taken a recreational drug and elevated it from an obscure local habit to a conspicuous worldwide habit, founding, in the … Continue reading

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Gordon Brothers Family Winery: No Snake Oil Here

I don’t use the word ‘repulsive’ lightly, but there’s a drink called  a Montana Mule that’s made with draft beer and tomato juice and it tastes like you swigged a V8 that had been accidentally left open on a screened … Continue reading

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