Ste. Michelle’s Mimi Nye leaves behind Canoe Ridge Estate legacy

Mimi Nye has been the manager of Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard since the first planting began in 1991. She is retiring after more than 30 years with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) PATERSON, Wash. – After more than 30 years of farming in Washington’s Horse Heaven…

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Trade auction of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir raises $476,000

Committee members for the inaugural Willamette: Pinot Noir Barrel Auction are, front row, auction director Victoria Pustynsky; Emily Nelson, associate director Willamette Valley Wineries Association, and Sue Horstmann, executive director of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, and back row from left: Pat Dudley, Bethel Heights; Eugenia Keegan, Gran Moraine; Fritz…

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Scenes from Taste Washington 2016 in Seattle

Bob Betz, founding winemaker for Betz Family Winery in Woodinville, Wash., pours wine at Taste Washington in Seattle. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) SEATTLE – Thousands of Washington wine fans poured into Taste Washington for four days of fun, food, wine – and a little education. The 19th annual Taste…

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Riesling comes in many delicious forms

Riesling comes in many forms, from ultra-dry to mega-sweet. (Photo courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle) In the past two decades, the Pacific Northwest has established itself as a world-class center of Riesling, standing on the global wine stage with such luminaries as Germany and Australia. And every three years, the…

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Walla Walla’s Forgeron Cellars unveils new look

Marie-Eve Gilla is the winemaker and managing partner of Forgeron Cellars in Walla Walla, Wash. The winery, celebrating its 15th year, has unveiled a new look. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WALLA WALLA, Wash. – One Walla Walla winery is marking its 15th year in business with a new…

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Intrinsic a wild new wine from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Juan Muñoz Oca, head winemaker for Columbia Crest, also is behind Intrinsic, a new Cabernet Sauvignon made in an unusual way. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) PATERSON, Wash. – One of Washington’s largest wineries is thinking small – but in a big way. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has launched…

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Wine lovers have abundance of educational opportunities

Yashar Shayan is the owner of Impulse Wine, a Seattle-based online retailer. Shayan has worked his way through several wine certification programs. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) If you spend much time around wine experts, you might begin to hear such terms as “WSET,” “Master Sommelier” and “Master of Wine”…

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Semiahmoo Resort host to Northwest Wine Encounter

Semiahmoo Resort is host to the inaugural Northwest Wine Encounter, which is April 15-17. The iconic resort is near Blaine, Wash., about two hours north of Seattle. (Photo courtesy of Semiahmoo Resort) BLAINE, Wash. – Four great Northwest wineries will come together April 15-17 for the inaugural Northwest Wine Encounter…

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Judges select favorites from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

The judging team for the fourth annual Cascadia Wine Competition poses in front of the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Not every wine wins a gold medal at wine competitions. In fact, fewer than 20 percent do. And…

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El Niño shows signs of weakening this spring

This image of the western United States from Feb. 23 to March 23, 2016 indicates the percent of normal precipitation (Image by High Plains Regional Climate Center/courtesy of Gregory Jones). ASHLAND, Ore. – March may well go out like a lamb, but the warm lion chasing it through Pacific Northwest…

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