Cabernet Franc rising in the Northwest

One of the first stand-alone Cabernet Francs made in Washington came from Red Willow Vineyard in the western Yakima Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Of the six classic red Bordeaux grape varieties, interest in Cabernet Franc seems to be rising in the Pacific Northwest, with more being planted,…

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Finding bargains in red wines

Clean and ripe grapes could be mistaken for black currants or blueberries as they take another step toward their transformation into wine at Tranche Cellars in Walla Walla, Wash. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) A question often asked is why red wine is so much more expensive than white wine.The…

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Time to make room for new whites and pinks

From when White wine grapes are harvested to when the become wine can take as little as a few weeks (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) The 2017 harvest had all but wrapped up. Walk into any winery in the Pacific Northwest, in the cellar, red and white wines will…

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Idaho Wine Industry’s stock continues to rise

The fist grapes were planted 153 years ago. But today, the Gem state’s wine industry is coming into its own. More than 50 wines dot the state from the top of the panhandle to the Nevada border. Legitimacy has come in the form of three federally recognized  American Viticultural Areas…

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8 Northwest rosés ideal for Thanksgiving

Bottles of Pacific Northwest rosé stand ready to be judged at the 2017 Cascadia International Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) The post 8 Northwest rosés ideal for Thanksgiving appeared first on Great Northwest Wine. Powered by WPeMatico

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Pinot Gris rules Oregon’s white wine landscape

Pinot Gris for the 2017 vintage ripens Sept. 1 in Archer Vineyard on the southern slope of Parrett Mountain in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) For the past 15 years, Pinot Gris has been Oregon’s go-to white wine grape. With more than 15,000 tons harvested in…

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Chardonnay plays an important role in Washington

Chardonnay is an important wine grape variety in the Pacific Northwest. This sign is in Cold Creek Vineyard in Washington’s Columbia Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Chardonnay has been at or near the top of the heap in Washington wine country for the better part of 30 years.…

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Red Rhone blends a delicious Northwest trend

Grenache destined for Milbrandt Vineyards ripens on Washington’s Wahluke Slope. Washington Grenache is on the rise in popularity. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Among the most exciting developments in the Pacific Northwest wine country in recent years is the emergence of red Rhône blends, commonly called GSMs because of…

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We tend to think of Oregon as Pinot Noir country. Rightly so, s they harvested more than 50,000 tons of the red French grape last fall. Varner-Traul Vineyard in Talent, Ore., is the estate vineyard for Ledger David Cellars. The Rogue Valley site, first planted in 2006, spans 15 acres…

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A dozen great Northwest wines

Only after deciding how we want to rate a wine do we learn what it is. Our top rating is “Outstanding!” (Photo by Darlene Hildebrandt/Digital Photo Mentor) What makes a great Northwest wine? When we evaluate wines, we taste them under blind conditions, meaning we know neither the producer nor…

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