And I would always, of course, include something from Walla Walla. Quotes delayed at least 15 minutes. But we do want to continue to grow and embrace authentic new projects. 1 is tighter quality control. (Andréa Johnson), What Do You Drink When You're the President? S&P Index data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. © Copyright 2020 Wine Spectator. For the past five years now we've done a wine dinner together leading up to the Apple Cup. Still, the ambitious vintner says, “We feel like after 12 years we’re just now exiting the startup phase of our business and trying to figure out what we want to be when we grow up.” Bledsoe spoke with Wine Spectator associate editor Ben O'Donnell about how he came to love Syrah (and Nebbiolo), how he chooses some projects and passes on others, and his wine rivalry with fellow quarterback-winemaker Damon Huard. ‘sentiment analysis’ tool says, CA Notice at Collection and Privacy Notice, The U.S. presidential race is a near dead heat, this A.I. [It] also allows us to bring more fruit into the building, be more selective about what makes it into the blend. So whenever guys came over, I told them to bring a bottle of red wine. FORTUNE may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Drew Bledsoe escaped coverage for cover crops in eastern Washington. They would generally bring something from Napa or something from Bordeaux and we would do blind tastings at the house—three, four, five wines. Damon went to the University of Washington and played quarterback there, and I played quarterback at Washington State, and this week [last November] is the Apple Cup game, which is the annual Washington–Washington State game. We built a facility that's function over form. FORTUNE is a trademark of Fortune Media IP Limited, registered in the U.S. and other countries. WS: Walla Walla is still an underdog region in some respects. IN 2007, after Drew's retirement from the NFL the Bledsoe family planted their first vineyard, McQueen, and shortly after launched Doubleback, an estate focused winery that produces world-class Cabernet Sauvignon from the Walla Walla Valley, Drew’s hometown. In 2019, the Bledsoe … I think you just get more purity of fruit with concrete than you do sometimes with oak. Market data provided by Interactive Data. Wordfence is a security plugin installed on over 3 million WordPress sites. Wine Spectator: What led you to decide you were going to make wine in Washington?Drew Bledsoe: We were in New England playing for the Patriots and there were a lot of guys that were into wine. Terms & Conditions. Drew Bledsoe and winemaker Chris Figgins select only the best grapes from Doubleback’s two vineyards, McQueen and Bob Healy, and several other top Walla Walla AVA sites for the wine. We try to capture some of that black pepper in Syrah—less fruit-driven and more mineral-driven. But we would always win! (Josh McDaniels is Bledsoe’s director of winemaking.) New Wine Book Tells All, Wineries and Chefs Gear Up Charity Efforts for California Wildfire Relief, Dolores Cakebread, One of the Original Hosts of Napa Valley, Dies at 90, Passing the Tuscan Torch: A Live Chat with Piero Antinori, Wine Talk: NBA Ace Josh Hart's Bordeaux Bubble, Wine Talk: New York Knicks Star Moe Harkless Gets to the Rim.

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