There are high hopes for quality as picking gets underway in Washington and vineyards enter the final stretch in Oregon's Willamette Valley, reports US editor Clive Pursehouse after checking in with winemakers across the two regions.
Inspired by the idea of international partnerships, Shoup envisioned Long Shadows as an alliance highlighting the quality and diversity of Washington vineyards.
Later, as we talked endlessly about the wine, we asked ourselves: Why don't we drink more wine from Washington?
The late Allen Shoup, a man of élan and prescience worthy of an autobiography, was too modest for that.
Anyone in Washington with a broad taste for the finer things in life owes Allen Shoup a heartfelt toast of appreciation.
"I've contributed a series of stories for The Seattle Times in the past few weeks. Alas, writing this tribute to the great Allen Shoup came many years too soon. A true gentleman." - Eric Degerman
Eric's full article on the life and legacy of Allen can be found here.