Wine industry brings new life to Manson

The Wenatchee World
by Rick Steigmeyer

MANSON — With nearly 20 wineries and wine-tasting rooms within walking distance or a few minutes ride by bike or car, Manson has become one of the state’s most popular new places to sip boutique wines.

And this year, so far without the danger of wildfires and irritation of thick smoke, business is booming.

Situated on the North Shore of Lake Chelan, Manson thrives in spring through fall when it attracts droves of tourists, vacationers and condominium owners. If the lake itself isn’t enough of a draw with swimming, boating, and fishing, there’s the

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Kludt Family Winery 2012 Cougar Ridge Reserve Merlot Review

Wapato Point Cellars winemaker Jonathon Kludt also heads up this label under the name of his family, who in 2000 launched Chelan County’s first bonded winery. Cougar Ridge has been featured as a single-vineyard Merlot bottling for several years, including under the Wapato Point brand, and this latest vintage is especially enticing. It spent 26 months in Hungarian oak, which allows for aromas of minty chocolate chip, black currant, blackberry and cedar. Inside, its fruitiness continues as blackberry flesh leads into blueberry acidity backed by Bing cherry skin tannins. That juicy structure makes for a long and bright finish. At

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Small Washington wineries find their niche

Published by Seattle Time, Pacific Northwest Magazine BY BRIAN J. CANTWELL

IT WAS A hot July day at Tildio Winery, just above pretty, glacier-carved Roses Lake, a mile off the northern shore of Lake Chelan. Out front, blooming lavender was a smear of purple across a garden bank. In the vineyard, young grapes were still firm, green little marbles bearing promise.

Inside, Katy Perry had been slaving over a pipette all day.

A graduate of the University of California-Davis wine program and a former winemaker in the Napa Valley and at Chateau Ste. Michelle, she had just finished running the ... Read More

A taste of the lake

SKIP AWAY TO THE SUNNY SHORES OF LAKE CHELAN WHERE A VIBRANT WINE CULTURE IS UNFOLDING

Published by Tasting Room Magazine BY JOHN VITALE

LAKE CHELAN became an official AVA (American Viticultural Area) in 2009—and rightly so. Ever since the first winery was licensed here in 2000, an exciting wine culture has been emerging. As of this writing, there are 16 wineries close to the shores of this crystal clear lake. Estate vineyards have cropped up on the hillsides once dominated by apple and cherry orchards.

Treat yourself to a stay at Campbell’s Resort, a fifth generation family-run resort on ... Read More

Seattles secret is out Lake Chelan

IF YOU LIVE IN SEATTLE OR SPOKANE, LAKE CHELAN IS YOUR SUMMER GO-TO SPOT. BEST OF ALL, FEW CALIFORNIANS KNOW OF IT. BUT THAT’S ABOUT TO CHANGE.

Published by Los Angeles Times BY CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS

LAKE CHELAN, WASHINGTON: Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan in Washington includes 1,200 feet of lake frontage.

CHELAN, Wash. — Just say the words “summer at the lake” in certain company, and you’ll get a wistful smile, possibly followed by stories about fishing contests, belly-flops, mosquito bites, campfire songs, sexual awakening, lingering regret, family feuds, winterizing expenses and the prospect that the mortgage interest tax deductions ... Read More

Best of the best: Results of the 2012 platinum judging

Published by Wine Press Northwest BY ANDY PERDUE AND ERIC DEGERMAN

For the past 13 years, we’ve used the Platinum Judging to help us determine some of the finest wines in the Pacific Northwest.

Perhaps not surprisingly, two of our last three Northwest Wineries of the Year made this year’s top two wines (and the third winery, Zerba, also earned two Platinums).

This year’s Platinum was our biggest yet, with more than 550 entries topping the 2010 competition, and with more than 200 wineries and brands represented, we continue to get a broader look at the best our region has ... Read More

Lake Chelans fast growing wine history

WINEMAKER’S JOURNAL BLOG

Published May 4, 2012 by Wenatchee World BY RICK STEIGMEYER

It was only by coincidence that I got a call from Bob Christopher this week the day before I was heading up to Manson to interview for a Foothills magazine story on Benson Vineyards Estate Winery.

Christopher has been very involved in development of the Lake Chelan area wine industry and played a leading role in establishing the Lake Chelan American Viticultural Area. The AVA has really put Lake Chelan wineries on the map as one of the state’s important and distinct wine grape growing regions.

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The charm of Lake Chelan

LAKE CHELAN CALLS ITSELF A BOATER’S PARADISE, AND ONE LOOK AT THE LAKE THE TOWN IS NAMED FOR WILL CONVINCE ANY VISITOR THAT’S TRUE.

Published May 4, 2012 by Yakima Magazine BY ROBIN SALTS BECKETT

Lake Chelan calls itself a boater’s paradise, and one look at the lake the town is named for will convince any visitor that’s true.

It’s an outdoor enthusiast’s playground, where boating, skiing, hiking and biking – among other activities – are all readily accessible. But for those of a less “outdoorsy” nature, there are also plenty of local wineries, darling shops and terrific eateries in ... Read More

Washington wine country for the insider

EXPLORING FOUR SCENIC HAVENS FOR WINE, FOOD AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN THE UNSPOILED PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

Published on Apr 26, 2012 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine BY PAUL GREGUT

The ongoing expansion of wineries, tasting rooms and related amenities throughout Washington State has dramatically upgraded the state’s appeal for adventurous wine tourists. Washington’s 700-plus wineries offer the diversity of California within a more constrained geographic region. From the hub of Seattle, none of the four touring regions profiled here is more than a four-hour drive. The two largest regions (in terms of wineries)—Woodinville and Walla Walla—neatly bookend the state. In both locations ... Read More