Persevering to become winemaker at Ste. Chapelle

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The Gray Report – W. Blake Gray My column this month for Palate Press is about Idaho, where an exciting wine scene has flowered in the last decade. Nobody has a better perspective on it than Maurine Johnson, who has worked at the state’s largest winery, Ste. Chapelle, for 25 years. Johnson, an Idaho native, …

Idaho Wine Industry moves from Bleak to Lucrative

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Palate Press – W. Blake Gray If you look at a map, it’s hard to see why Idaho wouldn’t grow wine grapes about as well as eastern Washington. Until recently, it wasn’t close, except geographically. Today, better viticulture, an influx of talent, and global warming are contributing to an increasingly interesting Idaho wine scene. There’s …

Tasting Highlights from Texas to Virginia

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Idaho one of Appellation America’s features Napa Valley Register – Catherine Seda Who knew that the bottles of wine, with labels noting Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, Idaho and more, would provoke such excitement and thought-provoking conversation? Appellation America is on a roll. The organization has long been eager to help wine lovers discover the variety of …

Five Summer Whites under $15

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Bridgman 2010 Chardonnay among recommendations Washington Wine Report – Sean Sullivan Bridgman Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2010 $11 “Pale lemon yellow. Lightly aromatic but appealing with apple, tropical fruit, and spice. The palate is medium bodied with abundant fruit flavors leading to a lemony finish. Straight down the fairway, this is an enjoyable, varietally correct, well-priced wine. …

A Complete List of Value Riesling, Tasted

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Washington Hills 11 Riesling lauded Snooth.com – Gregory Dal Paz It’s not easy to find great Riesling under $12. It is a very particular challenge since producers can always rely on their favorite crutch, sugar, when producing Rieslings. After working through over a case of value priced Rieslings, I was becoming a bit discouraged. Then, I …