St. Hubertus Riesling tops Best of Varietal for British Columbia wine

Andy Gebert, winemaker and co-owner of St. Hubertus Estate Winery and Oak Bay in Kelowna, British Columbia, served in the Swiss army before joining his brother in 1990 and launching their winery. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) PENTICTON, British Columbia – Andy Gebert, winemaker and co-owner of St. Hubertus…

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King Estate seeks status as largest biodynamic vineyard in U.S.

King Estate hopes to earn Demeter certification for its 465 acres of vineyard, a recognition that would make it the largest such vineyard in the U.S. and among the biggest in the world. (Photo courtesy of King Estate) EUGENE, Ore. – King Estate, a longtime leader in the Pacific Northwest…

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Marcus Notaro builds Red Mountain-Napa Valley connection

Marcus Notaro is the head winemaker for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in California’s Napa Valley. He was the head winemaker for Col Solare on Washington’s Red Mountain until three years ago. (Photo courtesy of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars) NAPA, Calif. – One man has now been the head winemaker for…

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Elite producers prepare for Woodinville Reserve celebration

Novelty Hill Januik Winery will serve as the site for the 2016 Woodinville Reserve. (Photo by Benjamin Benschneider/Courtesy of Novelty Hill) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – Wine lovers throughout the Puget Sound who can’t make the pilgrimmage to the Walla Walla Valley for “Leonetti Weekend” have a delicious alternative on Friday, May…

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Prosser’s Wit Cellars ready to launch

Cat Warwick, left, Flint Nelson and Gina Adams-Royer are the owners of Wit Cellars. The new Prosser, Wash., winery will open the weekend of May 7. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) PROSSER, Wash. – Washington’s newest winery opens its doors May 7 in the cradle of the state’s wine…

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Smasne, Tudor buy former Olsen winery in Prosser

Sean Tudor, left, and Robert Smasne have purchased the former Olsen Estates winery in the Vintners Village in Prosser, Wash. They plan to open to the public in June. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) PROSSER, Wash. – A winery that has stood empty for a half-decade has new owners.…

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Great value reds from Great Northwest

  Barrels, whether new or used, are a big part of the cost of producing red wine. The barrels are expensive, and they take up a lot of space. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) When looking at affordable red wines, there are two considerations: sub-premium box and jug wines…

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Powers Winery to hold Renewable Energy Farm Walk

Bill Powers was the owner and founder of Badger Mountain Vineyard in Kennewick, Wash. The Washington wine hall of famer died in 2014. The 73-acre vineyard is certified organic, and the production building in the background is topped with solar panels. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) KENNEWICK, Wash. –…

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After 30 vintages, Joe Dobbes still fascinated by Pinot Noir

Joe Dobbes, owner of Dobbes Family Estate in Dundee, Ore., leads a tasting of four Pinot Noirs from four Oregon AVAs to show their distinct differences. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) DUNDEE, Ore. – Even after 30 years of making wine, Joe Dobbes is still in awe over the…

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Feds establish Lewis-Clark Valley AVA, modify Columbia Valley

Rivaura is a young site in the new Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area along the Clearwater River near Juliaetta, Idaho. (Photo courtesy of Lane Hewett) Perhaps it did take a small act of Congress, but the Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area becomes official today. The Department of Treasury’s Alcohol and…

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