Monthly Archives: July 2014

Lost River Winery Continues to Improve With These Excellent Current Releases

The old adage, “a good bottle of wine gets better with age,” can also apply to a number of time-honored Washington wineries. If you’ve followed my column on a regular basis you already know that Lost River Winery, established in 2002, easily falls into this category. Husband-and-wife John Morgan and Barbara House, along with Barb’s […]

Whether Judging or Casual Tasting, Don’t Be Afraid to Share Your Opinions

I had the privilege of serving as one of 28 judges in the 19th Annual Northwest Wine Summit earlier this year. The first half of the event was held in Naramata, British Columbia and I participated in the second half in Hood River, Oregon. Sometimes it seems as if nearly every wine entered in a […]

Washington Winemakers “Rediscovering” Chenin Blanc

This week I’ll wrap up my two-part series on chenin blanc, a white wine varietal that’s a personal favorite and one that’s seen a bit of a resurgence as of late among Washington winemakers. Originating in the Loire Valley of France, chenin blanc was quite popular several decades ago, but later it suffered a perception […]

Chenin Blanc Shows Signs of a Comeback in Washington

Chenin blanc is one of those white wines I can’t get enough of – especially during the summertime. This food-friendly, easy-to-drink wine was extremely popular in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and was a mainstay among Washington’s inaugural wineries such as Quarry Lake, Preston Premium Wines and Tucker Cellars. But its popularity waned shortly […]

Red Mountain Home to Vineyards for Corvus and Hightower Cellars

Today’s focus is on two excellent wineries with vineyards in Washington’s Red Mountain Appellation, which is located just west of the Tri-Cities area. Corvus Cellars was established in 2004 and although the winery tasting room and production facility have since moved to the Walla Walla, they still maintain their estate vineyards on Red Mountain. Two […]