Wine industry advocates applaud 2-year trim in federal excise tax

Jim Trezise is president of WineAmerica. The organization based in Washington, D.C., counts more than 600 members across the United States. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) While it is up to individual wineries on how they deal with reduced federal excise taxes, industry leaders expect those savings to be…

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Willamette Valley Vineyards buys Maison Bleue, plans vineyard

Jon Meuret moved his family and Maison Bleue Winery to Walla Walla, Wash., in 2012. This week, publicly traded Willamette Valley Vineyards announced that it has purchased the brand, allowing Meuret to focus on winemaking and viticulture for both Maison Bleue and the Oregon company’s young Pambrun Wines project. (Photo…

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Barnard Griffin wins rosé sweepstakes again at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Rob Griffin’s 2017 Rosé of Sangiovese won the rosé sweepstakes at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest judging of wine in the United States. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) CLOVERDALE, Calif. — One of the hottest wines on the U.S. market these days is rosé, and…

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San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition set to go international

Judging organizer Bob Fraser announced that the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition will begin allowing entries from Canada and Mexico starting for the 2019 judging. (Photo courtesy of PR Magic) CLOVERDALE, Calif. — As the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition began its final full day, competition director Bob Fraser…

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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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Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cab ranks No. 2 on Wine.com list

The Columbia Crest 2014 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon has been the second-most popular wine with customers in 2017 on Wine.com. (Photo courtesy of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates) It’s no surprise to see a Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay leading Wine.com’s top 100 list of wines purchased in 2017, but at No. 2 stands…

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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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Adelsheim Vineyard promotes Hennen to replace Paige as winemaker

Head winemaker Dave Paige, left, will hand off all of his keys to the Adelsheim Vineyard barrel room to associate winemaker Gina Hennen later this month. (Photo by Adelsheim Vineyard/Courtesy of Trellis Growth Partners) NEWBERG, Ore. – Oregon’s iconic Adelsheim Vineyard makes just the fourth winemaking change in its 45-year…

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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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