Private Barrel Auction shows off unique Washington wines

Winemaker Mike Januik talks to a potential bidder at last year’s inaugural Private Barrel Auction, which took place at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – On Friday, the Auction of Washington Wines will play host to its annual Private Barrel Auction, in…

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Northwest vineyards track ahead of cooler vintages

A cluster of Tempranillo grapes enters veraison at Canyon Ranch Vineyard near the town of Prosser in Washington’s Yakima Valley on July 28, 2017. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Data shared by climate researcher Greg Jones indicates that the growing degree days gained during month of July…

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Merlot, straight up delicious

Merlot grapes wait to be crushed at a Walla Walla Valley winery. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) It’s been 13 years since the movie Sideways told filmgoers to not drink Merlot. It’s time to get over it. Merlot, especially in the Pacific Northwest, is delicious, one of the best and…

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Cabernet Summit earns praise for Red Mountain wines, hospitality

Seattle’s Thomas Price, a Master Sommelier for Jackson Family Wines, embraces Aaron St. Clair, a Whole Foods Market wine buyer in Venice, Calif., after a technical tasting July 11, 2017 at Fidelitas in Benton City, Wash. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) BENTON CITY, Wash. – Red Mountain continues to grow…

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Chardonnay popular on both sides of Columbia River

Chardonnay grapes are close to optimal ripeness in the Yakima Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Chardonnay is by far the most popular wine in America, and in the Pacific Northwest, it also has strong support. In Washington, it is the No. 1 white wine grape, keeping ahead of…

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Growers expect Washington wine grape crop to be smaller

Riesling grapes in a Columbia Valley vineyard begin to mature in the mid-summer heat. (Photo by Melissa Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) After four straight years of record wine grape crops in Washington, growers expect the 2017 vintage to be down by as much as 10 percent. And early signs of veraison…

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IPNC sets table for celebration of Oregon, Pinot Noir

McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Ask an international wine expert what Oregon is known for, and it’s a safe bet they will answer “Pinot Noir.” It’s a reputation that’s well-deserved yet hard-earned. In the world of marketing, it’s also a valuable tool for a region to be defined so succinctly. Think of…

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Maryhill Winery rosé rises to top of Washington State Wine Competition

Maryhill Winery’s Richard Batchelor produced a 2016 rosé of Sangiovese that was voted best of show at the 34th annual Washington State Wine Competition in Grandview. It was one of 15 gold medals his wines earned during the June 20 judging of 311 wines. (Photo courtesy of Maryhill Winery) GRANDVIEW,…

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Palencia uses Grenache to top Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition

Victor Palencia, owner and winemaker for Palencia Wine Co. in Walla Walla, earned gold medals with Iberian Peninsula varieties Grenache and Albariño at the fifth annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Victor Palencia, a wunderkind of the Washington wine industry,…

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Reininger, Domaine Serene, Mission Hill go Platinum at Decanter World Wine Awards

Chuck Reininger of Reininger Winery in Walla Walla, Wash., used his 2013 Syrah to earn a prestigious Platinum Award this spring at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards in London. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) LONDON — Domaine Serene in Oregon, Walla Walla’s Reininger and Mission Hill Family Estate…

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