This article is written by Luke Wohlers, my sommelier buddy and monthly columnist for rollwithjen.com. In 2011 I volunteered for my first grape “crush” in Woodinville, Washington. Then I soon found out this was no simple candy crush. It’s actually pure cardio fitness treading around in a vat that feels like a grape version of […]
About 75 minutes due east of Portland, this is the heart of the Columbia Gorge, one of the world’s most climatically diverse places. Here, the mighty Columbia River cleaves Washington from Oregon. This is an astonishingly fertile spot for wine. Among the area’s 30 wineries you’ll find some of the Northwest’s most daring winemakers, many […]
A lovably nerdy mind set has helped the city in the Pacific Northwest become a wine lover’s destination. When Researchers at Central Connecticut State University decided last year to find the most literate American city, they analyzed six sets of data, including newspaper circulation figures and the number of bookstores and libraries. Had they included the […]
Last weekend’s Taste Washington was a veritable who’s who of vintners and chefs in this town, with bites and sips to delight. Wine glass-toting ticket holders had the luxury of pairing up snacks from local restaurants with a huge selection of wines, ciders, and beers. Eater cruised the aisles of the boozy fest and caught […]
Turns out you can grow cool-weather grapes like Grüner Veltliner in Washington. The first time Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen heard of anyone growing Grüner Veltliner in Washington, he was skeptical. There’s a reason the yellow-green grapes with loose clusters and thick skins produce the signature wine of Austria; they flourish in that country’s alpine climate, where vines thrive […]
VIDEO: Executive Chef David Varley joined Margaret to prepare a dish that’s perfect as we transition to spring: Whole Dungeness crab with freshly made pasta. He also showcased a few of the many exclusive wines the restaurant stocks, including the 2012 Gruner Veltliner from W.T. Vintners in Woodinville.
Hey, Cortney Lease, What Should I Drink Tonight? By Rachel Breiwick A crisp, balanced, and highly drinkable wine from the Columbia Gorge. Cortney Lease, the company wine director for Wild Ginger and Triple Door, is in charge of the aging and proper climate for over 30,000 bottles from all over the world—but today she sought […]
Sifting through the 700-plus wineries in Washington can make you an old man (that goes for you, too, ladies) in a sea of wine. As you make wine shopping plans for 2013, consider some of the Washington wineries to watch, according to this Hemingway wannabe.
Stephen D. Tanzer, editor and publisher of the critically acclaimed bimonthly journal read by wine professionals, International Wine Cellar, tells us what he thinks about our wines.
Issue 159: November/December 2011 Top New Releases from Washington State By Stephen Tanzer 2008 W.T. Vintners ‘Gorgeous’ Syrah, Destiny Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills (Vinified with 100% whole berries; no new oak used): Red-ruby. Dark fruits and licorice on the slightly medicinal nose, lifted by a violet note. Savory but tight and inexpressive today, with […]