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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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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