About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with additional posts about Oregon, B.C., California, ANZ, France, Italy, Spain and more. A former national journalist in Canada and the U.S., Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”

Lauren Ashton Cellars

Lauren Ashton CellarsWe have been fans of Lauren Ashton Cellars since late 2012, when we met winemaker and owner Kit Singh at numerous wine events and tasted his lovely wines. So we were delighted to receive a shipment of two stunning new releases — 2020 Cuvée Meline and 2015 Proprietor’s Reserve Cuvée. Most importantly, these wines are available at the Lauren Ashton Cellars Tasting Studio in Woodinville as well as online. Read on for more.

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Whole Picture Cab Franc

Bottles of Whole Picture Cab FrancIf you love Cabernet Franc, be sure to try this upcoming release from Hard Row to Hoe. You might know it from previous vintages as Burning Desire, but it’s now called 2018 Whole Picture Cab Franc. In other words, Hard Row produces this organically farmed, luscious wine under its new Whole Picture label, which features wine made exclusively from their estate vineyard. Read on to learn more about this gorgeous wine, and more about Whole Picture.

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L’Ecole Artisan Wine

L'Ecole Large Production Winery in a Schoolhouse Also Sells Artisan WineMost people think of L’Ecole 41 as a major, well-known wine producer in Washington state. And they would be right. L’Ecole, the third-oldest winery in Walla Walla, produces about 45,000 cases of wine each year. L’Ecole is also one of the most honored wineries in the state, generating international accolades for its superior quality wines. But wait a minute. L’Ecole artisan wine is also very noteworthy. Yes, this epic winery also creates small-batch artisan wines; for example, the beautiful 2018 Cabernet Franc-Merlot. Continue reading

WA Wine Fun Facts

Glasses of red and white wineEvery year, we love to share WA Wine fun facts about the wonderful wine industry in Washington state. Therefore, we hope you enjoy this updated 2020 version, courtesy of Washington Wine. First, Cabernet is still King in this state (29% of crop), followed by Chardonnay (16%). Riesling, Merlot and Syrah round out the top five, which altogether equate to more than 80% of the crop. Second, Cab Franc received the highest average price per ton. Overall, for four years now, red varieties account for nearly 60% of the total WA crop.
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