Archive for the ‘Washington’ Category

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Wine of the Week ~ 2014 Columbia Crest’s Crowdsourced™ Cabernet Sauvignon

Getting back in touch with a Washington State’s Cabernet Sauvignon was pure Heaven… Horse Heaven Hills, to be exact. This wine was/is a Crowdsourced™ project… Trademarked and saying so right on the label. Columbia Crest Winery, in Paterson, Washington, was founded in 1983. Overlooking the Columbia River, it’s grown from its humble roots to be […]

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Cadaretta Wine Soil Composition ~ fractured and decayed basalts

Cadaretta Wine’s Soil Composition at Southwind Vineyard is a story that I wrote for our client. Because it’s for their Website, it’s got a copyright on it and stories like this I never put onto my blog ~ like so many other internal documents that I produce daily. But this one has just stuck with […]

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Middleton Family of Wines Harvest Update from Washington and California

The following is a report from winemaker Kendall Mix of the Middleton Family of Wines. Historically, the Middleton family has been in business in Washington since the 1890s. “Our family has been working the land since 1898, when we started a lumber business in Aberdeen, on the coast of Washington State. We began with lumber […]

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Stiletto Wine ~ The making of a wine brand

Stiletto Wines is brought to us by Middleton Family Wines. Middleton is based in Washington State, and these wines have been carefully selected and imported from Sicily. Four generations of family have been contributing to this company. According to them, “Our family has been working the land since 1898, when we started a lumber business in Aberdeen, […]

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Cement Suitcase ~ A Wine Sojourn

Cement Suitcase is a comedy – tragedy about a character named Franklin. He works at a winery in Yakima Valley, and has to deal with life’s blows. It’s an award-winning, independent film about a tasting room manager and his humorous attempts to get control of his life. If you love independent films, and you love […]

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Writing you don’t see, revealed… Cadaretta’s Soil Composition at Southwind Vineyard

Cadaretta Wine’s Soil Composition at Southwind Vineyard is a story that I wrote for our client. Because it’s for their Website, it’s got a copyright on it and stories like this I never put onto my blog ~ like so many other internal documents that I produce daily. But this one has just stuck with […]

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The perfect name for the perfect instance… Hard Row To Hoe

When asked about what makes for a great brand’s name, this story immediately comes to comes to mind, filed in the most creative department… A vineyard is a Hard Row To Hoe, and no one knows that better than Don and Judy Phelps of Manson, Washington. So much so, in fact that that’s what they […]

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Wine Writer Andy Perdue of the Northwest

Wine Writer Andy Perdue of the Northwest is a great find for anyone in or interested in the wine business, or  anyone simply wanting to learning more about wine. As Eric Degerman just told me, “Andy, my business partner and friend for more than 20 years… [inspires me]. He’s a tireless worker, a skilled writer, a […]

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Wine Writer Eric Degerman

Wine writer Eric Degerman and I met this past June. When I was organizing the Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium, sponsored by Oak Knoll Winery, the team of Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue were called upon to deliver the keynote speech. I had heard about Andy, but Eric was a background singer for me, which I […]

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Bubbles & Chocolate ~ Washington Wine Country’s Delicious Treasure

When Jose and I visited Washington Wine Country, Bubbles & Chocolate was a gem of a find. Wine critic Paul Gregutt and his wife Karen Stanton Gregutt are leaders of commerce in their home town of Waitsburg. Not only does Paul write for Wine Enthusiast and his wine blog PaulGregutt.com, but he’s also the sommelier […]