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  • KEN ROBERTSON

    Wineries find prosperity in numbers

    When my wife and I started tasting wine seriously about 20 years ago, we usually had to travel for miles across Eastern Washington to visit five or six wineries. Now in Woodinville, there are dozens. What’s happened?

  • WINTER 2013

    Blends becoming popular

    “Whenever I visit a winery or walk through a wine shop or grocery store, I’m seeing more and more red blends. What’s behind this trend?”

  • FALL 2013

    Some wines outlast conventional wisdom

    The wines of the Pacific Northwest continue to amaze me almost every time I open an older bottle, especially whites. I regularly hear "experts" advise that white wines will be past their prime before they reach the tender age of 4 and reds before age 6. Well, it’s true that if you consume...

  • SUMMER 2013

    Reader curious about rosé colors

    “As rosé wines have become more popular in the Pacific Northwest over the past several years, I’ve noticed they exhibit a wide variety of colors. Why?”

  • SPRING 2013

    Are wine clubs worthwhile?

    The simple answer is, yes, wine clubs can be worthwhile, and they will save you money so long as you’re getting shipments of wine you really like and that you’ll be proud to share with friends. I’m an unabashed fan of wine clubs, if they meet my needs.

  • WINTER 2012

    Grab Grabers to tame tannins

    When wine competition judges taste hundreds of wines over several days, how do they manage to avoid palate fatigue? In the tasting group I belong to, many of us find tasting even a dozen wines -- especially big red wines -- leaves us feeling we may not do justice to the last couple wines we taste...

  • FALL 2012

    NW Albarino a real treat

    I recently tried my first Albarino made in the Northwest, and it was quite a dry wine, which surprised me because I was told it was a Mediterranean-style white and expected something softer. How did this wine come to the Pacific Northwest?

  • SUMMER 2012

    Wine in Washington's new era

    With Washington state closing out its state-run liquor stores and going to privately owned stores, can you tell me what it will mean for our region's wine industry?

  • KEN ROBERTSON

    Gris, Grigio the same, different

    Are Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio the same wine?

  • KEN ROBERTSON

    2011 shapes up as miracle vintage

    Throughout late summer and fall visits to the region's wineries, I regularly heard wine industry officials fretting over the cool year and a harvest they anticipated would be of lesser quality and quantity. Now they're starting to talk as if they expect the 2011 vintage to offer some excellent wines...

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