Random Musings

Cayuse Release Party Cancelled

Received email today that the Cayuse Release Party was cancelled. This follows on the heels of last week’s Betz Release Party being cancelled. On a larger scale Taste Washington was also cancelled. This all makes sense. Having 100’s if not 1000’s of people mingling in a confined space spitting into buckets sounds problematic right now. I’m actually surprised that The…

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Bottle Notes, Syrah

2012 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard – Bottle Notes

The 2012 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard was the winning bottle in the January Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. Cayuse was founded in 1997 by Christophe Baron, a native of France who grew up in family of winemakers in Champagne. Baron studied viticulture in Burgundy and Champagne, and had ambitions to make Pinot Noir in Oregon. However, on a visit…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2012 Washington Syrah

The May Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 2012 Washington Syrah. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened this Saturday and a Bottle Note will be published next week. 2012 was…

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Bottle Notes, Syrah

2007 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Cayuse was founded in 1997 by Christophe Baron, a native of France who grew up in family of winemakers in Champagne. Baron studied viticulture in Burgundy and Champagne, and had ambitions to make Pinot Noir in Oregon. However, on a visit to Walla Walla he found property that he believed would be perfect for growing grapes and decided to purchase…

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Random Musings

Washington Wine Landscape Circa 1990

Sometime in the early 90’s my late mother gave me this poster designed by Andy Anderson that represented the state of the Washington Wine Industry. The poster has a treasured spot above the toilet in my current master bath. The other day as I glanced at it yet again it occurred to me just how much things have changed in…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2011 Syrah

The September Installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on iconic Syrah from the 2011 vintage. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened this weekend and a Bottle Note will be published the following…

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Random Musings

The 2018 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings

Welcome to the 6th, annual installment, of the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings. The intent behind the list is to rank wineries based on the buzz and excitement they create in the wine collecting crowd. The rankings are entirely subjective based on my observations on sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Wine Spectator, WineBerserkers, WineBid and Cellartracker. Factors such as demand for…

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