Monthly Archives: December 2012

Woodinville Wine Honors (4th vintage, 2012)

Welcome to the fourth reincarnation of what is becoming a tradition of microscopic proportions… it’s the annual Woodinville Wine Honors! We are celebrating the culmination of another fine vintage year in Washington that will lead to some damn fine wines … Continue reading

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Walla Walla River Winery 2008 Cockburn Vineyard sangiovese

Walla Walla River Winery is the second label for Cougar Crest Winery. Although it is a Walla Walla winery, the Hansens do have a satellite tasting room in the Apple Farm Village (across Ross Andrew/Mark Ryan/Amavi/Pepper Bridge/Bookwalter) in the Hollywood … Continue reading

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Vortex Cellars 2010 tempranillo

Vortex Cellars quietly began life in July, 2010 by Redmond (Ames Lake) owners Edward Andrew (37) and Nichole Christine Wicklein (34). Ed, a deeply proud WSU grad (who isn’t???) in civil engineering and beer brewing (btw, still not an official major … Continue reading

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Upchurch Vineyard 2010 cabernet sauvignon

Christopher (and promoter-extraordinaire wife, Theodora) Upchurch, long associated with the winemaking duties at DeLille Cellars, purchased some 20 acres of prime Red Mountain AVA land adjacent to Corvus Cellars’ plot just south of Hwy. 224. Vineyard manager: Dick Boushey. If you don’t … Continue reading

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Cedar River Cellars 2009 Ava’s Crush cabernet sauvignon

A Woodinville pet shelter recently offered free parvovirus vaccinations, regularly $25, after an outbreak in King County led to the deaths of puppies. I drove by the shelter to take my canine but the line was out the door. No, … Continue reading

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Ad: Adams Bench Winery 2009 Mays Discovery Vineyard cabernet sauvignon

Dedicated to the Butler Bulldogs basketball team (my pick for 2013 national champs)… So, when you visit this winery without an appointment (like they ‘recommend’), you get what you get. Sure, they’re a most sympathetic couple and they’re great for … Continue reading

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Ad: Adams Bench Winery 2009 ‘the V’ cabernet sauvignon

In light of Friday’s completely retarded shooting in Connecticut, we all could use some cheer so I’m releasing this one a little early… What’s your wine IQ? No, I’m not talking about how many obscure grapes you thought you drank … Continue reading

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