Airfield Estates Is the Bomb(shell)

Airfield Estates 2007 Bombshell Red just keeps picking up speed. We first tasted it last September, when we visited the winery in Prosser. We then had a double flight in March. Apparently, you can cellar the 2007 Bombshell until 2014, but frankly we didn’t want to wait any longer.

And after almost a year in our cellar, the wine has matured to the point that it’s very drinkable alone (while waiting for dinner to cook) or with a wide variety of foods ranging from barbequed (or grilled) hamburgers to pizza.

The Bombshell Red blends seven varietals – 50% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah, 3% Malbec, 2% Sangiovese, 1% Cinsault and 1% Counoise – which makes it truly unique.

The bad news is that all 631 cases have sold out. But keep your eye on Airfield Estates for the next release. If you can’t make it to Prosser, have no fear – the owners attend many events in the Seattle area.


2010 National Wine Bloggers Conference in Washington State

Great news — more than 250 wine bloggers will convene in Walla Walla in 2010. Here is the official news release.

SEATTLE (July 24, 2009) – The Washington Wine Commission announced today that the North American Wine Bloggers’ Conference – a new and wildly popular event held by and for wine bloggers and industry professionals, and held in California for the past two years – will hold its third annual conference in Washington State next summer.

Wine bloggers from throughout the United States and Canada will travel across Washington State to gather in Walla Walla from June 25-27, 2010. The Washington Wine Commission has been working closely with the organizers of the event to bring this conference to the state, and the entire Washington wine industry looks forward to welcoming more than 250 influential bloggers, traditional media, wineries and members of the trade to the Pacific Northwest.

Event organizer Allan Wright said, “Washington State is one of the premier grape growing and winemaking regions in the United States, and so a perfect location for the Wine Bloggers Conference.  Additionally, the wine industry – led by the Washington Wine Commission – has been very energetic and forward thinking in helping us bring the conference to Washington.  They understand the importance of bloggers and that makes holding the conference in Washington an easy decision.”

Washington Wine Commission Executive Director Robin Pollard added, “We’re thrilled to welcome the wine blogging community to Washington State.  We think conference attendees representing this new and exciting form of media will feel right at home with our diverse and dynamic industry.”

A sponsor of this year’s conference in Santa Rosa, California, the Washington Wine Commission hosts attendees for a discussion of the 2010 conference on Sunday, July 26, 2009.  The Commission will also post live updates throughout the conference, via Twitter, on its website –

Washington State is the second largest wine producing region in the country, with more than 650 wineries and 33,000 vineyard acres, and an economic impact of $4.7 billion annually.  More information on the Wine Bloggers’ Conference can be found at  For more information on the Washington wine industry and its many unique regions, please visit


Zin Sunday is Almost Here

In case you missed my blog post Zest for Zin?, this Sunday is when ZAP —  Zinfandel Advocates and Producers — brings its popular summer wine tasting event to the northwest from San Francisco.

More than 40 California wineries will be pouring 100+ Zinfandels, including Cakebread Cellars, Steele Wines, Ravenswood, Cline Cellars and others.

We hope to see you there – The Gardens at South Seattle College’s Arboretum from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $40 and available at the ZAP website and at the door.


Tickets Selling Fast: Auction of Washington Wines

As regular readers of the Write for Wine blog know, I do not usually republish news releases verbatim. But the release that landed in my inbox today is for a great event and a great cause, so I’m going to make an exception. The event is the Auction of Washington Wines – and the cause is Seattle Children’s Hospital. Here is the press release:

SEATTLE (July 20, 2009) – Summer is in full swing across the Pacific Northwest, and the region’s original, largest and most prestigious charity auction showcasing the stars of Washington wine is just around the corner. The 22nd annual Auction of Washington Wines is being held during a challenging year for many people, but sales are exceeding expectations.

Despite less than favorable economic conditions, the Auction of Washington Wines is still drawing strong sponsorship support and robust ticket sales for the many exciting events over the weekend of August 13th through 15th. In fact, winemakers and chefs have stepped up in greater numbers this year to host more Friday winemaker dinners throughout the Puget Sound area than ever before.

“It just goes to show that, even in tough economic times, people are still willing to give to great charitable causes, and Children’s Hospital deserves all the support we can give them,” says Auction Executive Director Carol Munro.

Since its inception in 1988, the Auction of Washington Wines has raised more than $21 million, with a majority benefitting uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. This distinguished event gives wine lovers the chance to bridge a critical funding gap for children across the Northwest.

The Auction is also excited this year to host national travel expert and syndicated radio personality Peter Greenberg, who will be broadcasting his weekly radio show Peter Greenberg Worldwide from the Chateau Ste. Michelle grounds during the Barrel Auction and Picnic with the Winemakers on Thursday, August 13th.

The culminating event on Saturday evening is the elegant Gala Auction, featuring talented regional chefs preparing a multi-course meal accompanied by outstanding Washington wines. Highlighted auction items include destination vacations, one-of-a-kind wine lots, exquisite dinner parties with some of Washington’s most esteemed winemakers, and much, much more.

Additional information can be found at the auction’s website.