3 generations inspire award-winning wines at Wild Goose Vineyards

General manager Roland Kruger, left, winemaker Nicholas Kruger, and managing winemaker Hagen Kruger stand out for their work in the cellar under the tasting room of Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. (Photo by Abra Bennett/Great Northwest Wine) An exciting breeze from the north swept over last week’s…

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Wild Goose tops 5th Cascadia Wine Competition

The Wild Goose Vineyards 2016 Pinot Gris won top honors at the fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. Wild Goose is in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Last year’s harvest at Wild Goose Vineyards will forever be remembered as…

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Cascadia Wine Competition concludes today in Oregon

Tim McNally, a broadcaster and writer based in New Orleans, enjoys a light moment during the fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Two days of intense judging of Pacific Northwest wines has set the stage for today’s superlatives…

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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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