Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Friday, February 02, 2007

He's The Man!

I see that Seattle Magazine has finally discovered Olympic Cellars which I wrote about last summer. A tour of the North Puget Sound wineries, including Olympic Cellars, is a great weekend outing from Seattle. Christina Kelly slants her piece on Olympic Cellars toward "girl power." I am all in favor of "girl power", especially in the wine world, where it took a while for women to break in. Go Girl Red, Rose The Riveter, Working Girl White, and Handyman Red are all good wines that are easy to drink and a cut about two buck chuck in the sense that they are lighter and more elegant, but these are just names attached to what's in the bottle and the stuff in the bottle is made by the man! It used to be made by a woman, but Sarah Gagnon left Olympic Cellars to start her own winery, Harbinger.

The Man is Benoit Murat, a French winemaker, trained in France, who moved to Eastern Washington to make wine, but who prefer Western Washington for various reasons. He is quite proud of his wines, but seems to be overshadowed by the marketing of " girl power." Olympic Cellars doesn't grow any of it's own grapes and, in fact, I seem to remember that Benoit told me that the making Go Girl Red, etc., is outsourced to a winery in Eastern Washington. If you want to taste great wine made by real girl power, check out Bergevin winery in Walla Walla where the winemaker really is a girl who makes fabulous reds such as Calico Red


  • At 12:00 PM, Blogger Catie said…

    Bergevin Lane lost some of its girl power. Their winemaker, Virginie Bourgue left Bergevin Lane last year. Virginie was not at Bergevin during their 2006 crush.

    Now they operate on some man-power. Their new winemaker is Steffan Jorgensen from Denmark. Also, Gordy Hill from North Star (and St. Chateau) is their consulting winemaker/vineyard expert.

  • At 9:00 PM, Blogger SeattleWineBlog said…

    Hey, Catie, thanks for the heads up. Too bad about the loss of girl power at Bergivin, but isn't the issue for anyone of either sex to be free to make great wine? Gene

  • At 7:30 PM, Blogger Catie said…

    Right - not disbuting the issue of freedom of the sexes making wine. Just updating you on some info.

  • At 8:50 PM, Blogger SeattleWineBlog said…

    Thanks, again! I think we are on the same page.

  • At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Benoit said…

    Yes, Im the Man !!!
    And we are now growing our own grapes in front of the winery, small vineyard to start but a vineyard. And the Working Girl Wines are made (yes, by a man) at the winery, at least the ones we sell in the tasting room.

  • At 1:46 PM, Blogger SeattleWineBlog said…

    Benoit, Thanks for your comment and input. Gene


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