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What You Should Know about Washington State Wine Regions

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Washington State is the United States’ fastest growing, major wine region. The second-largest wine producing state in the union, it grew from 100 wineries to 900 in just 20 years. It quintupled vine acreage to 55,000 over the same period. And it makes slightly more wine than the third- and fourth-highest producing states combined. There’s a wealth of tasty wines between $20 and $50. And the state has also become known for tremendous, low-volume, high-scoring wines with prices well above $100.

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Why Syrah is My Favorite Variety

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Well-made Syrah, almost regardless of style or region, resonates with me. It hits my nose and palate in a way that makes me happy and keeps me interested. I also like that Syrah is an underdog, wine you have to seek out...

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Are Expensive Wines Better?

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

This may be the wine question I’m most frequently asked by consumers. The question is broad, so a simple “yes or no” answer doesn’t work, but the short answer is “usually.” ...In objective terms, wine quality tends to go up with price. ...Some regions are famous for producing wines which offer an excellent quality-price ratio.

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What Makes a Wine Great? The Top 10 Qualities

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

What separates truly great wines from those which are very good, but somehow less memorable? Famed wine writer and educator Karen MacNeil has identified nine attributes. This article explains each.

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