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Seattle, WA -- Jun 6, 2019

WWI Members - you don't want to miss the - 2019 WWI ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING!! We have a great agenda lined up including the 2019 legislation outcome, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Update on WA Winery Rules Work, and much more!Western Washington Membership MeetingTuesday, June 18, 2018, 9 AM - NoonColumbia WineryEastern Washington Membership MeetingTuesday, June 25th, 9 AM - NoonThe Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center RSVP to CT Moen at ct@wwi.wineHope to see you all there! ... See MoreSee Less

WWI Members - you dont want to miss the - 2019 WWI ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING!!   We have a great agenda lined up including the 2019 legislation outcome, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Update on WA Winery Rules Work, and much more!

Western Washington Membership Meeting
Tuesday, June 18, 2018, 9 AM - Noon
Columbia Winery

Eastern Washington Membership Meeting
Tuesday, June 25th, 9 AM - Noon
The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center

 RSVP to CT Moen at ct@wwi.wine

Hope to see you all there!

Seattle, WA -- Jun 17, 2019

Long ShadowsOne of the great wineries in Washington State, Long Shadows is the brainchild of the talented Allen Shoup, former CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle. After his illustrious career at Ste. Michelle, Allen decided to create a wine lineup utilizing superstar winemakers across the globe. His idea has been a resounding success as these wines have reached both national and international acclaim. I have been really impressed with the consistency of these wines over the years. Their head winemaker, Giles Nicault, presides of these wines and is a hugely talented guy.Giles has crafted one of the great Riesling wines in the state with his 2017 Long Shadows ‘Poet’s Leap’ Riesling (WWB, 93) which has an intense sense of minerality and wonderful bright orchard fruits. Even better was the 2016 Long Shadows ‘Saggi’ Red Wine (WWB, 95) which might just be the best ‘Saggi’ bottling I have ever had. This wine has incredible range and viscosity which is a downright thrill to savor in the glass and shows off the heat of this vintage with tremendous depth and richness. Learn more about this amazing winery at www.longshadows.com/ Here are the amazing new release wines from Long Shadows.2017 Long Shadows ‘Poet’s Leap’ Riesling- The 2017 ‘Poet’s Leap’ Riesling shows once again why this wine is truly one of the premier Riesling bottling in North America. This opens with beautiful orange blossom and melon with wet stone character on the nose. The palate is full of freshness., yielding a beautiful sense of minerality. Even more impressive is the near minute long finish. Beautiful in its youth, this will cellar well over the next seven to ten years. Drink 2019-2027- 932018 Long Shadows ‘Julia’s Dazzle’ Rose- The 2018 ‘Julia’s Dazzle’ is another outstanding release by superstar winemaker Giles Nicault. Made entirely from Pinot Gris grapes, this shows an amazing range of aromas from white peach to white rose petals to cran-cherry and lighter citrus tones that round out the nose. Lithe, and light on its feet, this shows off an incredible, silky texture that entices. Cran-cherry, bright strawberry and guava flavors connect with the great sense of minerality. Like most releases of this wine, it expresses a beautiful combination of weight and tension. Enjoyable now, this will continue to cellar over the next five years. Drink 2019-2024- 922016 Long Shadows ‘Saggi’ Red Wine- The 2016 Long Shadows ‘Saggi’ is the best bottling of this storied wine that I have tried since they began producing this wine more than a decade ago. The ‘Saggi’ is a thrilling blend of Sangiovese (Boushey and Candy Mountain Vineyards) with 29% Cabernet Sauvignon (Weinbau Vineyard) and the remainder Syrah (Den Hoed Dutchman and Bacchus Vineyards). The nose is drop-dead gorgeous with bacon fat, black olive tapenade, mocha and fennel. The stunning range of aromas bring you back to the glass for more. Revealing a silky texture and a wonderfully ripe mouthfeel, the ‘Saggi’ slowly unveils smoked pork shoulder, black tea, milk chocolate covered cherry and roasted fig flavors. Decadent, layered and downright delicious, this beautiful wine will enjoy an exceedingly long life in the cellar. The If enjoying in its youth be sure to give this a two hour decant. Drink 2019-2033- 952016 Long Shadows ‘Feather’ Cabernet Sauvignon- Released in November 2018, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine was sourced from the Summit View in the Walla Walla Valley as well as Dionysus, Weinbau and Den Hoed Benches Vineyards. Made by superstar winemaker, Randy Dunn, of Dunn Vineyards fame, this reveals dense core, as the ‘Feather’ leads with an inviting nose of creme de cassis, Turkish coffee, red bell pepper, with hints of white pepper and sagebrush. The palate unveils a silky texture and a beautiful mouthfeel. Decadent black tea, blueberry compote, mocha, anise and sagebrush flavors all impress. The gorgeous bright acidity adds to the enjoyment here. Balanced and rich, this stunning wine will cellar well for the next two decades. While it is delicious now, try to resist this for at least two more years. Drink 2020-2040- 952016 Long Shadows ‘Sequel’ Syrah-The 2016 ‘Sequel’ is a sensational new release made by the talented John Duval. Sourced from the Boushey and Den Hoed Grandview Vineyards we well as the Bacchus, The Benches and Dionysus vineyards. Blended with just a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon (7%) this shows off tar, mocha, anise and sandalwood aromatics that all mingle in the glass. The palate shows wonderful viscosity and mid-palate weight, displaying blackberry cobbler, creosote, leather and earthy undertones that build on on the mouth. Outstanding in its youth, this beautiful effort will cellar well for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2029- 932015 Côte Nicault Red Wine- The Cote Nicault Red Wine is a proprietary blend of Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah (near equal parts) by superstar winemaker Showing off its inky core, the Côte Nicault red wine begins with blood orange zest with bright red fruits with shades of white pepper on the nose. The silky texture entices as the wine sheds blood orange, red cherry candy and red currant jelly flavors alongside copious minerals. This is seriously good, as the savory aspect to the wine really shines. While a delight to savor now, this will evolve well for another decade. Drink 2019-2029- 94 ... See MoreSee Less

Long Shadows

One of the great wineries in Washington State, Long Shadows is the brainchild of the talented Allen Shoup, former CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle. After his illustrious career at Ste. Michelle, Allen decided to create a wine lineup utilizing superstar winemakers across the globe. His idea has been a resounding success as these wines have reached both national and international acclaim. I have been really impressed with the consistency of these wines over the years. Their head winemaker, Giles Nicault, presides of these wines and is a hugely talented guy.
Giles has crafted one of the great Riesling wines in the state with his 2017 Long Shadows ‘Poet’s Leap’ Riesling (WWB, 93) which has an intense sense of minerality and wonderful bright orchard fruits. Even better was the 2016 Long Shadows ‘Saggi’ Red Wine (WWB, 95) which might just be the best ‘Saggi’ bottling I have ever had. This wine has incredible range and viscosity which is a downright thrill to savor in the glass and shows off the heat of this vintage with tremendous depth and richness. Learn more about this amazing winery at http://www.longshadows.com/ Here are the amazing new release wines from Long Shadows.

2017 Long Shadows ‘Poet’s Leap’ Riesling- The 2017 ‘Poet’s Leap’ Riesling shows once again why this wine is truly one of the premier Riesling bottling in North America. This opens with beautiful orange blossom and melon with wet stone character on the nose. The palate is full of freshness., yielding a beautiful sense of minerality. Even more impressive is the near minute long finish. Beautiful in its youth, this will cellar well over the next seven to ten years. Drink 2019-2027- 93

2018 Long Shadows ‘Julia’s Dazzle’ Rose- The 2018 ‘Julia’s Dazzle’ is another outstanding release by superstar winemaker Giles Nicault. Made entirely from Pinot Gris grapes, this shows an amazing range of aromas from white peach to white rose petals to cran-cherry and lighter citrus tones that round out the nose. Lithe, and light on its feet, this shows off an incredible, silky texture that entices. Cran-cherry, bright strawberry and guava flavors connect with the great sense of minerality. Like most releases of this wine, it expresses a beautiful combination of weight and tension. Enjoyable now, this will continue to cellar over the next five years. Drink 2019-2024- 92

2016 Long Shadows ‘Saggi’ Red Wine- The 2016 Long Shadows ‘Saggi’ is the best bottling of this storied wine that I have tried since they began producing this wine more than a decade ago. The ‘Saggi’ is a thrilling blend of Sangiovese  (Boushey and Candy Mountain Vineyards) with 29% Cabernet Sauvignon (Weinbau Vineyard) and the remainder Syrah (Den Hoed Dutchman and Bacchus Vineyards). The nose is drop-dead gorgeous with bacon fat, black olive tapenade, mocha and fennel. The stunning range of aromas bring you back to the glass for more. Revealing a silky texture and a wonderfully ripe mouthfeel, the ‘Saggi’ slowly unveils smoked pork shoulder, black tea, milk chocolate covered cherry and roasted fig flavors. Decadent, layered and downright delicious, this beautiful wine will enjoy an exceedingly long life in the cellar. The If enjoying in its youth be sure to give this a two hour decant. Drink 2019-2033- 95

2016 Long Shadows ‘Feather’ Cabernet Sauvignon- Released in November 2018, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine was sourced from the Summit View in the Walla Walla Valley as well as Dionysus, Weinbau and Den Hoed Benches Vineyards. Made by superstar winemaker, Randy Dunn, of Dunn Vineyards fame, this reveals dense core, as the ‘Feather’ leads with an inviting nose of creme de cassis, Turkish coffee, red bell pepper, with hints of white pepper and sagebrush. The palate unveils a silky texture and a beautiful mouthfeel. Decadent black tea, blueberry compote, mocha, anise and sagebrush flavors all impress. The gorgeous bright acidity adds to the enjoyment here. Balanced and rich, this stunning wine will cellar well for the next two decades. While it is delicious now, try to resist this for at least two more years. Drink 2020-2040- 95

2016 Long Shadows ‘Sequel’ Syrah-The 2016 ‘Sequel’ is a sensational new release made by the talented John Duval. Sourced from the Boushey and Den Hoed Grandview Vineyards we well as the Bacchus, The Benches and Dionysus vineyards. Blended with just a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon (7%) this shows off tar, mocha, anise and sandalwood aromatics that all mingle in the glass. The palate shows wonderful viscosity and mid-palate weight, displaying blackberry cobbler, creosote, leather and earthy undertones that build on on the mouth. Outstanding in its youth, this beautiful effort will cellar well for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2029- 93

2015 Côte Nicault Red Wine- The Cote Nicault Red Wine is a proprietary blend of Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah (near equal parts) by superstar winemaker Showing off its inky core, the Côte Nicault red wine begins with blood orange zest with bright red fruits with shades of white pepper on the nose. The silky texture entices as the wine sheds blood orange, red cherry candy and red currant jelly flavors alongside copious minerals. This is seriously good, as the savory aspect to the wine really shines. While a delight to savor now, this will evolve well for another decade. Drink 2019-2029- 94

Seattle, WA -- Jun 17, 2019

Lauren AshtonToday we focus on boutique winery, Lauren Ashton, which is celebrating their ten year anniversary this year. At the helm is the talented winemaker and dentist Dr. Kit Singh. It has been a joy for me to see how Dr. Singh’s winemaking style evolves over the past five years. I love the combination of mouthfeel and terroir that he is able to create in his wines. He also makes an under the radar Rose that is simply marvelous. Dr. Kit has a wide range of wine education, having previously studied enology and viticulture at South Seattle Community College and also took classes at University of California at Davis enology program before spending two years interning at famed DeLille Cellars in Woodinville. There is a very strong resemblance to the wines that Chris Upchurch makes with Dr. Kit’s style.Wines by Lauren Ashton are sourced from a host of vineyards in both the Columbia Valley to Red Mountain. I absolutely loved the new 2018 Lauren Ashton Rose (WWB, 91) as this Rhone style wine has terrific intensity and a plush mouthfeel. Look for the 2014 Lauren Ashton Cabernet Franc (WWB, 91) as I love the classic herbal character in the wine and the wonderful range and richness. Learn more about this great Woodinville winery at laurenashtoncellars.com/2018 Lauren Ashton Rose- The 2018 Lauren Ashton Rose is a compelling blend of equal parts Grenache and Mourvedre (41% each), as well a equal parts Counoise and Cinsault (9% each). On the nose this takes on brilliant range from orange blossom to bright pear to kumquat and shades of guava. The palate is bright and has a touch of sweetness with a good sense of minerality. Cran-cherry, guava puree, and orange rind flavors all come together in the glass. Bright and downright delicious, this is best enjoyed over the next three years. Drink 2019-2022- 912018 Lauren Ashton ‘Cuvee Meline’ White Wine- The ‘Cuvee Meline’ is a beautiful white wine made by the talented Dr. Kit Singh. On the nose this has good range from honeysuckle to cantaloupe and shades of Pink Lady apple that all connect in the glass. The palate has a good combination of freshness and weigh, delivering bright orchard and citrus fruit flavors that combine with minerals and shades of wild mushroom. While delightful in its youth, this will evolve well over the next decade. Drink 2019-2026- 912017 Lauren Ashton Chardonnay- The 2017 Lauren Ashton Chardonnay is another spectacular wine made by Dr. Kit Singh. The nose takes on a bright bouquet of kumquat with toasty brioche and Japanese pear aromatics. The palate shows a good degree of tension and mid-palate weight with melon and citrus fruit flavors that combine with minerals. Enjoy this over the next five plus years while the brightness takes center stage. Drink 2019-2025- 912014 Lauren Ashton Cabernet Franc- The 2014 Lauren Ashton Cabernet Franc is another beautiful wine from this estate. Translucent in color, I love the aromatic range here, from dill to red cherry preserves, to coffee grounds and spice cake aromas. The texture here is silky smooth as the wine unveils red and dark fruits with a good sense of balance. Refined and on the elegant side, this excellent new wine is best enjoyed over the next eight years. Drink 2019-2026- 91 ... See MoreSee Less

Lauren Ashton

Today we focus on boutique winery, Lauren Ashton, which is celebrating their ten year anniversary this year. At the helm is the talented winemaker and dentist Dr. Kit Singh. It has been a joy for me to see how Dr. Singh’s winemaking style evolves over the past five years. I love the combination of mouthfeel and terroir that he is able to create in his wines. He also makes an under the radar Rose that is simply marvelous. Dr. Kit has a wide range of wine education, having previously studied enology and viticulture at South Seattle Community College and also took classes at University of California at Davis enology program before spending two years interning at famed DeLille Cellars in Woodinville. There is a very strong resemblance to the wines that Chris Upchurch makes with Dr. Kit’s style.
Wines by Lauren Ashton are sourced from a host of vineyards in both the Columbia Valley to Red Mountain. I absolutely loved the new 2018 Lauren Ashton Rose (WWB, 91) as this Rhone style wine has terrific intensity and a plush mouthfeel. Look for the 2014 Lauren Ashton Cabernet Franc (WWB, 91) as I love the classic herbal character in the wine and the wonderful range and richness. Learn more about this great Woodinville winery at http://laurenashtoncellars.com/

2018 Lauren Ashton Rose- The 2018 Lauren Ashton Rose is a compelling blend of equal parts Grenache and Mourvedre (41% each), as well a equal parts Counoise and Cinsault (9% each). On the nose this takes on brilliant range from orange blossom to bright pear to kumquat and shades of guava. The palate is bright and has a touch of sweetness with a good sense of minerality. Cran-cherry, guava puree, and orange rind flavors all come together in the glass. Bright and downright delicious, this is best enjoyed over the next three years. Drink 2019-2022- 91

2018 Lauren Ashton ‘Cuvee Meline’ White Wine- The ‘Cuvee Meline’ is a beautiful white wine made by the talented Dr. Kit Singh. On the nose this has good range from honeysuckle to cantaloupe and shades of Pink Lady apple that all connect in the glass. The palate has a good combination of freshness and weigh, delivering bright orchard and citrus fruit flavors that combine with minerals and shades of wild mushroom. While delightful in its youth, this will evolve well over the next decade. Drink 2019-2026- 91

2017 Lauren Ashton Chardonnay- The 2017 Lauren Ashton Chardonnay is another spectacular wine made by Dr. Kit Singh. The nose takes on a bright bouquet of kumquat with toasty brioche and Japanese pear aromatics. The palate shows a good degree of tension and mid-palate weight with melon and citrus fruit flavors that combine with minerals. Enjoy this over the next five plus years while the brightness takes center stage. Drink 2019-2025- 91

2014 Lauren Ashton Cabernet Franc- The 2014 Lauren Ashton Cabernet Franc is another beautiful wine from this estate. Translucent in color, I love the aromatic range here, from dill to red cherry preserves, to coffee grounds and spice cake aromas. The texture here is silky smooth as the wine unveils red and dark fruits with a good sense of balance. Refined and on the elegant side, this excellent new wine is best enjoyed over the next eight years. Drink 2019-2026- 91

Seattle, WA -- Jun 16, 2019

Happy Father’s Day! Today we are spotlighting a father-and-sons winemaking team, Kiona Vineyards and Winery. Dad Scott (our 2019 Honorary Grower) and sons JJ and Tyler Williams represent a continuation of three generations of Washington winemaking on Red Mountain. ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Father’s Day! Today we are spotlighting a father-and-sons winemaking team, Kiona Vineyards and Winery. Dad Scott (our 2019 Honorary Grower) and sons JJ and Tyler Williams represent a continuation of three generations of Washington winemaking on Red Mountain.

Seattle, WA -- Jun 14, 2019

This month’s Vintner Spotlight is Ambassador Wines Of Washington! Committed to making 100% Estate Grown Washington State Wine from Red Mountain in Eastern Washington, we’re so excited to have them pouring again at the Winemaker Picnic this year. Photo credit: Amanda Howse ... See MoreSee Less

This month’s Vintner Spotlight is Ambassador Wines Of Washington! Committed to making 100% Estate Grown Washington State Wine from Red Mountain in Eastern Washington, we’re so excited to have them pouring again at the Winemaker Picnic this year. Photo credit: Amanda Howse

Seattle, WA -- Jun 13, 2019

Thank you again to our AMAZING 2019 Wine Cup® Sponsors and our Annual Partners!Check out more about the 2019 Wine Cup® washingtonwinefoundation.org/events/wine-cup-golf-tournament/ ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you again to our AMAZING 2019 Wine Cup® Sponsors and our Annual Partners!

Check out more about the 2019 Wine Cup® 
http://washingtonwinefoundation.org/events/wine-cup-golf-tournament/

Seattle, WA -- Jun 12, 2019

Father's Day is this Sunday, June 16 and you can turn your Father's day shopping into a force for good! If you shop at Amazon, Amazon donates to the Washington Wine Industry Foundation!To #optin for this #AmazonSmile opportunity, click here to shop for that perfect gift for all those incredible dad's! smile.amazon.com/ch/91-2138330 ... See MoreSee Less

Fathers Day is this Sunday, June 16 and you can turn your Fathers day shopping into a force for good! If you shop at Amazon, Amazon donates to the Washington Wine Industry Foundation!

To #optin for this #AmazonSmile opportunity, click here to shop for that perfect gift for all those incredible dads! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-2138330

Seattle, WA -- Jun 11, 2019

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Seattle, WA -- Jun 10, 2019

Apply now for our 2019 Industry Grant! This program is part of the core of what we do – to provide additional funding and support to elevate the growth of the Washington wine industry. Learn more. bit.ly/2VymPQgCredit: Gerry Webber ... See MoreSee Less

Apply now for our 2019 Industry Grant! This program is part of the core of what we do – to provide additional funding and support to elevate the growth of the Washington wine industry. Learn more. https://bit.ly/2VymPQg

Credit: Gerry Webber

Seattle, WA -- Jun 10, 2019

Looks like the "California - The other wine country" auction lot fulfillment was a success, thanks to our generous donors and patrons. What will 2019's Gala Auction hold? Stay tuned! ... See MoreSee Less

Looks like the California - The other wine country auction lot fulfillment was a success, thanks to our generous donors and patrons. What will 2019s Gala Auction hold? Stay tuned!

Seattle, WA -- Jun 8, 2019

Rosé all day! Happy National Rosé Day – the perfect, refreshing drink to imbibe this summer. Raise a glass of your Washington state favorite. Photo credit: Duval Images. ... See MoreSee Less

Rosé all day! Happy National Rosé Day – the perfect, refreshing drink to imbibe this summer. Raise a glass of your Washington state favorite. Photo credit: Duval Images.

Seattle, WA -- Jun 6, 2019

Did you hear.. Washington Wine Industry Foundation awarded $43,000 to 13 #WAWine students! We are so proud of these amazing students! Interested in helping support the Foundation Scholarship Program? Easy!Become a 2019 Wine Cup Sponsor! We are looking for our 19th Hole Awards Lunch Sponsor which includes a 4 player team registration! Other Sponsorship available and a big thanks to our friends who have already become Sponsors this year!washingtonwinefoundation.org/events/wine-cup-golf-tournament/ ... See MoreSee Less

Did you hear.. Washington Wine Industry Foundation awarded $43,000 to 13 #WAWine students! We are so proud of these amazing students! 

Interested in helping support the Foundation Scholarship Program?  Easy!

Become a 2019 Wine Cup Sponsor! We are looking for our 19th Hole Awards Lunch Sponsor which includes a 4 player team registration! 

Other Sponsorship available and a big thanks to our friends who have already become Sponsors this year!

http://washingtonwinefoundation.org/events/wine-cup-golf-tournament/

Seattle, WA -- Jun 5, 2019

Washington produces nearly 70 wine grape varieties – about 36% white to 64% red! There are about 350 (and growing) wine grape growers here in the state. Photo credit: Duval Images #WineFactWednesday ... See MoreSee Less

Washington produces nearly 70 wine grape varieties – about 36% white to 64% red! There are about 350 (and growing) wine grape growers here in the state. Photo credit: Duval Images #WineFactWednesday

Seattle, WA -- Jun 15, 2019

Saturday night! What’s everyone drinking this evening? ... See MoreSee Less

Seattle, WA -- Jun 14, 2019

Happy Friday night folks! What’s everyone drinking this evening? ... See MoreSee Less

Seattle, WA -- Jun 17, 2019

"Opportunities are never lost. The other fellow takes those you miss." - An Anonymous Writer #MotivationMonday #Opportunities #IntentionalImpact ... See MoreSee Less

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