Milbrandt Vineyards 2010 Grenache, Clifton Vineyards

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Background Some of the best wine grapes in America are grown in the Columbia Valley of Washington State. Butch and Jerry Milbrand are two of the farmers that made it happen.  They were a top resource for winemakers in the Pacific Northwest. They still sell grapes to winemakers, but now they are holding back 10% of their grapes. After a decade of being grape growers, they now are bottling their own wines under the Milbrandt Vineyards label. This is the type of  project that...

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Gordon Estate 2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley

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Another winery has opted to change its name and cause great confusion in the marketplace. Gordon Brothers Winery, which has earned a large following over the past decade, has changed its name to Gordon Estate. I assume this has to do with one of the brothers no longer being involved in the winery, but do they have to change the name, their logo, the fonts, the label.. everything?  I only realized that this was the same winery was when I was tasting the wine and thinking to...

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Bordeaux, or no?

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“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing.  If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”  – Groucho Marx In the article Wine Scams: A Counterfeiter Confesses, wine writer Lettie Teague (Food & Wine magazine, October 2008 issue) attempts to pull a fast one on her friends (and industry colleagues) by concocting a 100-point first-growth Bordeaux for a special tasting.  Teague settles on faking a 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild and asks Chris...

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