Yesterday, Lynn and I returned to Walla Walla from Florida. We had been hoping for warmer weather in the Southeast than we got. But anyway, it was a nice trip. In the meantime, here are a few developments in Washington wine tastings and events.


Wine Awards Judging

I have been asked to participate in two wine awards judging, Seattle Magazine's Washington Wine Awards and Seattle Wine Awards. Here's what they involve.

The Washington Wine Awards is conducted by Seattle Magazine which publishes the award winners in the August issue. About 100 wines are to be evaluated at the South Seattle Community College on March 7th. Yashar Shayan is the Wine Awards Coordinator.

The Seattle Wine Awards includes Oregon and Idaho wines as well as ones from Washington. The tastings will take place over two days, Saturday April 16 and Sunday April 17. Christopher Chan is the Founder and Executive Director of this Event. The winners will be announced in May.

In upcoming Review of Washington Wines Blogs, I will be reporting on these Wine Awards judgings.


Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine

On June 16-18, The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance will be hosting the Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine: The World of Cabernet Sauvignon. The events will feature three internationally known guest winemakers, two Master Sommeliers and four celebrated chefs in exploring one of the world's most renowned grape varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon. HIghlights will include a winemaker panel and discussion, a Grand Cabernet Sauvignon wine tasting and winemaker dinner, and winemaker dinners throughout the Walla Walla Valley. For information and tickets, go to


The Whitehouse Crawford Chenin Blanc Tasting

This evening, the Whitehouse Crawford Restaurant in Walla Walla will be putting on a tasting of Chenin Blancs. I have always believed that Chenin Blanc is one of the world's most undervalued grape varieties, so this is sure to be an interesting tasting. I will report on it in next week's Review Blog.