Posts under Tag: washington
Washington: Getting to Know You Tour Stop 3 – State Controlled Liquor Sales

Many states have their little quirks when it comes to liquor sales, and Washington has quirks in spades. Washington is one of 18 liquor "control" states, in which the state runs all of the liquor stores. Although I come from Texas, not exactly a home of free market liquor policy, I was still astounded when I first heard about the [...]

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Washington: Getting to Know You Tour Stop 2 – L’Ecole No. 41

For those of you who are regular readers of Vinotology, you know that I am a sucker for a winery with a great story. I always enjoy hearing about the history of the wineries that I visit, and I also love it when the winery does a good job of incorporating that story into their marketing. Of course, it doesn't [...]

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October 15th – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good The good this week is a couple of my favorite bloggers taking some major leaps in their careers. Joe Roberts of 1WineDude posted this week on his move to the ranks of wine blogging professionals, which brings the grand total up to one I think, unless you count Dr. Vino. The other major leap is being taken by [...]

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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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The Moment of Truth: Vinotology Move Watch 2010

Hi, I'm Kent Brockman, and we have just received a special announcement. According to our sources, Ben Simons of the blog Vinotology will be holding a special press conference at "high noon" ET on September 29th, Wine Wednesday, to announce the destination of his upcoming move. There are many locations thought to be in the mix to land this wine blogging [...]

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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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