5th annual Cascadia Wine Competition begins today


  The 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition begins today in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – The fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition begins this morning at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel. The judging attracted more than 900 entries from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.…

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Ancient Lakes fascinates as young Washington wine region


Several of the Columbia Basin’s Ancient Lakes near Quincy, Wash., are found in the canyon between Evergreen Vineyard and Ancient Lakes Vineyard, and both plantings were established by the Milbrandt brothers. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) Some of Washington’s oldest vines are in the state’s newest American Viticultural Area.…

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6 bills for Washington wineries alive in state Legislature


Six of the nine wine-related bills introduced this year at the state Legislature remain alive. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) OLYMPIA, Wash. — It appears that Washington wineries are on their way to being able to operate as many as four tasting rooms. However, prospects look grim for a…

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Red Mountain vineyards pour 2016 wines for winemakers


Samples of 2016 wines are showcased during Red Mountain Grower Tasting on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by William Pollard Jr. @wild4wawine) BENTON CITY, Wash. — Even when Washington’s smallest appellation is wearing a wardrobe of snow, Red Mountain still might be the hottest spot in the state for winemakers in…

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2017 vintage off to cool start in Pacific Northwest


Greg Jones, a professor at Southern Oregon University and one of the wine world’s leaders in climate research, presents a report Feb. 14, 2017 at the Idaho Wine Commission annual meeting in Boise. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) ASHLAND, Ore. — Climate researcher Greg Jones confirmed on Tuesday what…

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Double Canyon hires Kate Michaud as winemaker


Kate Michaud, who has been making wine in the Pacific Northwest since 2002, will take over as the head winemaker at Double Canyon. (Photo by CDK Imaging/Courtesy of Katy Michaud) WEST RICHLAND, Wash. — Double Canyon moves into its new facility near Red Mountain in time for the 2017 harvest,…

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An Outstanding selection of 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) We taste many Northwest wines. When wine is submitted to us for review, it goes into a queue to be tasted under blind…

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vinAmité Cellars finds its way in British Columbia wine industry


Ray and Wendy Coulombe purchased a 5-acre vineyard near Oliver, British Columbia, in 2009, and their vinAmité Cellars wines are winning gold medals in U.S. competitions. (Photo by Abra Bennett/Great Northwest Wine) OLIVER, British Columbia — It seemed natural for Ray and Betty Coulombe to take over a vineyard in…

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Myles Anderson sells his share of Walla Walla Vintners


Gordy Venneri, left, and Myles Anderson founded Walla Walla Vintners in 1995. The eighth-oldest winery in the Walla Walla Valley will announce today that Anderson has sold his interest in the winery. (Photo courtesy of Walla Walla Vintners) WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Wine industry icon Myles Anderson has been looking…

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Canadian wine industry toasts vintner Harry McWatters


The Vancouver International Wine Festival presented Harry McWatters, president/CEO of Encore Vineyards in Penticton, British Columbia, with its Spirited Industry Professional Award on Feb. 17, 2017. (Photo by Voth Photography/Courtesy of Town Hall Brands) VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The 39th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival took time Friday toward the…

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