Category Archives: Washington

American Riesling from the East and West Coasts

Excellent Riesling is now being produced on both the East and West coasts of the US. In this article, we review recent releases of several of the most important American producers. These include Dr. Konstantin Frank and Lamoreaux Landing in … Continue reading

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Tenet Wines: Rhone Winemakers in Washington State

Two of the Southern Rhone’s premier winemakers—Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie—have teamed up with Bob Bertheau of  Chateau Ste. Michelle to make wines from Rhone varieties grown in Washington State’s Columbia Valley.  Their venture is called Tenet Wines, and we … Continue reading

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Pacific Rim: Washington’s Riesling Specialist

As we note in our Report # 38 The Wines of Washington State,  Washington is by far the country’s most important producer of Riesling.  With 6320 acres of vines, it has double California’s plantings and over five times those of … Continue reading

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Mega-Floods and the Vineyards of Washington State

In the recent past (geologically speaking), Washington State was home to one of nature’s most cataclysmic events, which shaped the terrain and soils of the vineyards that today produce some of the world’s best wine grapes, which we had the … Continue reading

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David Lake: Patriarch of Washington State Syrah

David Lake (1943-2009) was one of the most influential pioneers in the history of the Washington State wine industry. He is credited with producing Washington State’s first vineyard-designated wines as well as the state’s first Syrah.

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Book Review: American Wine by Jancis Robinson and Linda Murphy

American Wine, just published by the University of California Press, is a very ambitious effort to tell the story of wine in the U.S.—all 50 states, 206 AVA’s, 7 thousand producers, and almost one million acres of vines—in a beautifully … Continue reading

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The Great Sweet Wines of America

America’s winemakers from California to Virginia are producing some of the finest sweet wines on the market. We tasted hundreds of sweet wines for Report # 27 Sweet Wines of the World and found a number of American wines that … Continue reading

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