March 29, 2017

The Edgewater Hotel Partners with DeLille Cellars to Create Exclusive 55th Anniversary Wine Blend

Edgewater Hotel DeLille CellarsIconic Seattle Hotel Commemorates 55th Anniversary with Limited Release Wine
Label from Renowned Washington Wine Producer

The Edgewater, a Noble House Hotel, announced a limited release wine label with renowned Washington wine producer, DeLille Cellars.  Specially bottled to honor the iconic hotel’s 55 year mark in 2017, the collaboration is an element of The Edgewater’s “55 Years on The Edge” campaign to celebrate its milestone anniversary.  The Edgewater’s limited release wine, 2014 DeLille Cellars D2, is available for purchase exclusively at The Edgewater’s award-winning restaurant, Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge, located on Puget Sound with unobstructed views of the Olympic Mountain Range. [Read more…]

Washington State reports record wine grape harvest in 2016

Washington State WineWashington State’s wine grape harvest hit a new record in 2016, according to the Washington State Wine Commission’s Annual Grape Production Report. The report, compiled with information provided by all Washington State wineries, showed the 2016 harvest totaled 270,000 tons, a 22-percent increase over the previous year. Tonnage in 2015 was down a little compared to the previous record harvest of 227,000 tons in 2014, making the 2016 harvest the biggest ever in Washington State’s history.

Red varieties produced more tons than white, with 58-percent of the harvest. Production of red varieties showed a substantial increase of 39-percent [Read more…]

Seattle’s Holiday Wine Fest November 12-13

Holiday Wine Fest SeattleThe 2016 Holiday Wine Fest is poised to be the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most popular tasting exposition. This all-day Saturday and Sunday event features a world-class line-up of local, regional, national and international wines, ciders, spirits, gourmet cuisine and artisan vendors.  The Holiday Wine Fest is the perfect occasion to tempt you and yours with the flavors of fall and the delicious offerings of the Season.

A Global Celebration of Wine!
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
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Washington Wine Foundation Adds Board Members

Long time industry leaders Brian Carter and Jerry Judkins-Smith were added to the Board of Directors of the Washington Wine Industry Foundation. [Read more…]

Washington State Wine Industry Represented by Winegrape Growers of America’s New Chairman Todd Newhouse of Upland Vineyards

Todd Newhouse Upton VineyardsTodd Newhouse Elected as Board Chairman of Winegrape Growers of America

At the 2016 National Grape and Wine Policy Conference, the Winegrape Growers of America (WGA) elected Todd Newhouse as Board Chairman. Newhouse is the owner of Upland Vineyards in Outlook, Washington and also serves as the Board Chairman for the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAWGG).

During the Conference, WineAmerica also elected officers for the coming year. Martin Clubb of L’Ecole No. 41 in Walla Walla, Washington and WAWGG member was elected to the position of Vice Chair. [Read more…]

Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Elects Board of Directors and Officers

John Derrick, newly elected 2016 WAWGG Board Member

John Derrick, newly elected 2016 WAWGG Board Member

John Derrick of Mercer Canyons was elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors for the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers by the voting membership that includes vintners and grape growers during their Annual Convention in February held in Kennewick.

Ken Lewis of Trail View Farm and Patrick Rawn of Two Mountain Winery were re-elected to serve three year terms as well on the nine member board.  

Derrick is the Vice President of Vineyard Operations for Mercer Canyons Inc. of Prosser where he has worked for 23 years holding positions in management, development, production, and purchasing. Since 2009 he has managed development and staffing of 2300 acres. [Read more…]

“Beginning Wine Tasting” Class at Whisk in Old Bellevue

Wine DieterIf you are just starting your exploration of this fascinating subject or want to learn a bit more about it, Sommelier Dieter Schafer (https://winedieter.wordpress.com) will share his knowledge and expertise in this tasting class. Dieter, a certified wine educator, will talk you through wine terms, what to look for when buying wine at a shop or in a restaurant, how to read a wine label, how to pair wine [Read more…]

Washington Wine and Grape Industry Announces Honors

The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers highlighted the latest industry research and information during the Poster session at their annual Convention held in February. About 2,000 state, national, and international participants from the grape and wine industry attended. [Read more…]

Robert Mondavi Winery to Hold Mountain Wine Tour at Whistler Blackcomb March 11 to Celebrate 50 Years For Both

Whistler Blackcomb and Robert Mondavi Winery are celebrating their joint 50th anniversaries with a mountain top wine tour and food pairing event on March 11. The Robert Mondavi Mountain Wine Tour is the first time Whistler Blackcomb has held an event of this kind.

During the tour, guests will move from one location to another around the mountains, guided by Whistler Blackcomb Snow School instructors. At each stop on the tour, located at the Crystal Hut, Christine’s on Blackcomb, and Raven’s Nest, food from Whistler Blackcomb catering will be paired with Robert Mondavi wines. A wine ambassador from Robert Mondavi Winery will speak to each pairing. The final stop of the tour will be hosted by Robert Mondavi Winemaker, Meghan Schofield, at Steeps Grill & Wine Bar in the Roundhouse Lodge, where guests will be able to sample some of Robert Mondavi’s Napa Valley wines.
“The mountain top wine tour is going to be truly unique,” says Paul Street, Vice President of Food & Beverage at Whistler Blackcomb. “We are thrilled to be able to share the celebration of our 50th anniversary with Robert Mondavi Winery and our guests. Whistler Blackcomb catering will create some amazing dishes to complement the wine, which we hope will really elevate the experience.”
There are 50 tickets available to the Robert Mondavi Mountain Wine Tour at $149, and they include food, wine and a ski guide; lift tickets are additional. Intermediate to advanced ski/boarding ability is required to take part.

Walla Walla Valley winemakers report excellent grape quality in early 2015 harvest

Walla Walla Valley winemakers are calling the 2015 wine grape harvest the earliest on record. According to a post-harvest survey sent to Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance member wineries, the earliest first day of harvest was August 14 and the latest last day of harvest was October 30. Few wineries said they processed grapes past October 20.

“Wineries are normally harvesting grapes well into October and November,” said Duane Wollmuth, Executive Director of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, “but even with the early harvest, Walla Walla Valley winemakers are very pleased with the quality of the 2015 grapes.”
Nearly all survey respondents (96-percent) reported the overall quality of the grapes processed by their winery from the Walla Walla Valley wine region to be either Above Average or Exceptional. Of the numerous wine grape varieties harvested from the Walla Walla Valley, it was the big three – Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot – that winemakers felt did the best in 2015.
One survey respondent described the grapes as “smaller berries with concentrated flavors,” and another said the wines have “good color and flavor.”
The last couple of years have been record-breaking in terms of grape tonnage, but this year 40-percent of survey respondents reported that total tonnage per acre harvested was down.
“We had an unusually hard freeze last November and a very hot summer, which had some effect on the crop,” Wollmuth said. “Still, we’re thrilled with the overall outcome this year – and we can’t wait to taste the 2015 wines.”