Global Wine Prices May Increase Due to Extreme Weather Occurrences

Global Wine Prices May Increase Due to Extreme Weather Occurrences

minds when it comes to ensuring quality and quantity of their grapes come harvest time. Extreme weather events always take a toll on a vineyard if exposed for too long to extreme temperatures— high or low.

This year’s weather occurrences around the world have been especially rough to the top wine regions causing grapes to either dehydrate, shrivel, become tainted with smoke, ripe ahead of schedule or decrease in quality, not to mention shrink the quantity of grapes worth harvesting.

“In Napa and Sonoma, the excessive heat didn’t affect grapes for sparkling wines or whites harvested earlier in August. But cabernet is in the crosshairs,” reported “Bloomberg.”

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Washington's Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Washington's Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery

By L.M. Archer, Foodable Contributor

For anyone about to start their own business, winery owner Mark McNeilly’s unconventional success story may sound more like a cautionary tale than an entrepreneurial blueprint. McNeill’s interest in wine making sparked during a fluke flip through a Wine Spectator issue on Napa Valley. Thinking “maybe I can do that, “ he opted out of college at Western University, landed a wine distributor job with Unique Wine Company, and spent five years covering territories in Snohomish and eastern King County, all the while wrestling with a nagging desire to make his own wine. 

That persistent passion eventually paid off. Passion, plus an unusual knack for attracting the right people at the right time, asking the right questions, and an uncanny ability to collaborate and delegate, catapulted McNeilly into the role of ‘accidental impresario,’ founder of Mark Ryan Winery, and a juggernaut in the Washington state wine industry.

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Award-Winning Seattle Sommelier Chris Horn Shares Secrets to Building a Successful, Seasonal Wine List

Award-Winning Seattle Sommelier Chris Horn Shares Secrets to Building a Successful, Seasonal Wine List

By L.M. Archer, Foodable Contributor

Contemplating how to shake up your winter bar menu, and put a new twist on old standards? For sommeliers, stirring up a wine bar menu poses a different challenge. It’s not simply a matter of taste, but of terroir. How do you offer a world of wines without losing your audience, or your focus?

Here, FoodableTV talks to 2015 Washington State ‘Sommelier of the Year’ Chris Horn, Wine Director for Purple Cafe and Wine Bar in Seattle and Bellevue, about his secrets to crafting a successful seasonal wine list.

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Seattle Urban Wineries Offer Consumers Affordability, Convenience, and a Smaller Carbon Footprint

Seattle Urban Wineries Offer Consumers Affordability, Convenience, and a Smaller Carbon Footprint

By L.M. Archer, Foodable Contributor

For Seattleites, food and wine pairing has never proved easier, due in part to Washington’s thriving wine industry. According to the Washington State Wine Commission, Washington State ranks second in premium wine production nationwide. Many of the state’s eight hundred and fifty-plus wineries anchor in suburban Woodinville, or rural Walla Walla. Over thirty wineries, however, choose to operate in greater Seattle.

For Emerald City consumers, these urban wineries offer artisan wines at affordable prices, convenience, and a smaller carbon foot print than those across the bridge or mountain pass. Most of these downtown wineries belong to Seattle Urban Wineries, a group dedicated to promoting their wines through events like ‘second Saturday’ tastings, and an annual Valentine’s Day wine and chocolate pairing. 

Few urban wineries own their own estates, opting instead to source their grapes from the finest Washington vineyards to craft food-friendly wines of impeccable quality, most at price points well under $40 a bottle. 

Here, seven of Seattle’s burgeoning urban wineries share their secrets to success:

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