Category: Washington
J. Bookwalter Harvest Pt 2 – On Sorting, Crushing, and Incredible Fruit

To say that I was "working" the harvest during the first part of my day at J Bookwalter Winery would not only be a stretch, but a bald-faced lie. I observed winemaking work being done at the winery, trying my hardest to stay out of the way of the people who were really doing the work. Cellar Master Travis Maple [...]

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Working Harvest With J Bookwalter Winery

There is probably not another career that has been more romanticized over the years than that of winemaker. It is easy to get lost in the mystique that surrounds the creation of fine wines, but I am here to tell you that these folks, just like you, put their pants on one leg at a time, only once their pants [...]

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Washington: Getting to Know You Tour Stop 1 – The Tri-Cities

It's been almost a year since I first visited Washington's wine country. My father-in-law had moved to an Eastern Washington city that I'd never heard of. I had always associated Washington with Seattle, which I have visited several times. Everything I had experienced of the state was the rainy Western portion, home of Nirvana and according to popular movies, the [...]

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Millenials Take the Stage in Washington

It has become more and more common in almost every industry to hear references to the Millenial Generation in recent years. This growing market segment is important in any business, and the wine industry is no exception. As the portion of this generation that is of drinking age continues to grow, so does their influence over the industry. For the [...]

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I’m Here in Washington! Now What?

After a grueling four day trip from West Texas to our new home in Washington, we are finally starting to get settled in. It definitely feels good to not be spending my days driving across the country in a moving van or loading and unloading boxes into said moving van. It's hard to say whether the hard part is over, [...]

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Good Wine, Prostitutes, and Capitalism – Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards

If you spend enough time reading about wine or talking to winos, there is no doubt that the topic of marketing will come up at some point. Everyone has an opinion when it comes to marketing, wine labels, and the like. My favorite wine labels are the ones that have a unique story behind them. I think that this can [...]

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A Late Harvest Gem from Spokane: 2007 Lone Canary Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

It has been a little while since I last posted a review, so I thought it was high time I get some tasting notes out into the wild. Tonight I'm drinking a little desert wine that I picked up on my recent visit to Spokane, the 2007 Lone Canary Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc. Lone Canary was the last stop on [...]

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The Main Event – Living Large in Walla Walla

My trip to Walla Walla for the Wine Bloggers' Conference was not my first rodeo in W2. Last October was actually the beginning of my love affair with this city. We were visiting my father-in-law in Kennewick, and decided to take an afternoon to make the short drive to the little wine heaven in the Southeastern portion of Washington state. [...]

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Just Like Home – Touring the Yakima Valley

Of all the places that I visited on my recent tour of the Northwest, the Yakima Valley reminded me most of my home here in West Texas. While we were touring the area the temperatures topped out somewhere in the mid 90s. The good news is, that with an average rainfall in the Yakima Valley of less than 9 inches, [...]

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You’re Asking, “What the Hell is He Doing in Spokane?”

One week ago tomorrow, I started a week long stewing of my liver in wine that took me from Portland and the Willamette Valley, to Yakima and on to Walla Walla. Since all of that drinking tasting just wasn't enough, I decided to hang out with Josh Wade in Spokane. The Spokane Convention and Visitor Bureau sponsored a couple of [...]

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