Melanie Krause, Cinder Wines uses Riesling to top Idaho Wine Competition

Melanie Krause, who produced the best Riesling at the 2017 Cascadia International Wine Competition, followed that up at the 2017 Idaho Wine Competition, where her 2016 Off-Dry Riesling was voted best of show. (Photo courtesy of Cinder Wines) CALDWELL, Idaho – An off-dry Riesling from one of Pacific Northwest’s top…

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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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Santo takes over for Munnell at Mercer Estates

Jeremy Santo, a product of Washington State University and the Yakima Valley town of Prosser, is the new head winemaker for Mercer Estates. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) PROSSER, Wash. – One product of Washington State University and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is taking over for another at Mercer…

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Canadian giant Peller to acquire Black Hills, Gray Monk, Tinhorn

California native Sandra Oldfield and her family have entered into an agreement to sell Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in Oliver, British Columbia, to Canadian giant Andrew Peller, which also announced plans to purchase Black Hills Estate Winery and Gray Monk Estate Winery. (Photo courtesy of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards) Canadian giant Andrew…

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Oregon wine industry tops 725 wineries, 30,000 acres of vines

Willamette Valley Vineyards launched its Elton Winery brand this summer, a tribute to the highly acclaimed vineyard established by the late Dick O’Brien and his wife, Betty. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon wine industry grew its sales in 2016 by 12 percent to $529…

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Washington Wine Hall of Fame Gala raises record $105,000 for Clore Center

Doug Gore receives his plaque as a new inductee of the Washington Wine Hall of Fame from Abbey Cameron, executive director of the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center in Prosser. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) PROSSER, Wash. – Friends of storied winemaker Doug Gore came out to support his…

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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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Devison departs EFESTE for Cadaretta, Walla Walla

Peter Devison, new winemaker for Middleton Family Wines, has been a part of the Washington wine industry since 2005. (Photo courtesy of Middleton Family Wines) OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Middleton family replaced one talented Canadian winemaker with another when they named Peter Devison as head winemaker for Middleton Family Wines, best…

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Leonetti Cab raises $32,500 at historic Auction of Washington Wines

Hank Sauer of Kennewick sits with a complete vertical of Cabernet Sauvignon from Leonetti Cellar, a collection he and his wife, Nancy, donated to the Auction of Washington Wines in order to establish a scholarship at Washington State University for field workers’ children. The lot generated $32,500 on Saturday, Aug.…

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Brooks Winery in Oregon creates Great American Eclipse experience

Janie Brooks Heuck is director of Brooks Wines in Amity, Ore. (Photo by Andréa Johnson Photography/Courtesy of Brooks Winery) AMITY, Ore. – For a number of wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the 2017 vintage might well be remembered for the Great American Eclipse. And as usual, Janie Brooks Heuck had…

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