Palencia uses Grenache to top Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition

Victor Palencia, owner and winemaker for Palencia Wine Co. in Walla Walla, earned gold medals with Iberian Peninsula varieties Grenache and Albariño at the fifth annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Victor Palencia, a wunderkind of the Washington wine industry,…

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Reininger, Domaine Serene, Mission Hill go Platinum at Decanter World Wine Awards

Chuck Reininger of Reininger Winery in Walla Walla, Wash., used his 2013 Syrah to earn a prestigious Platinum Award this spring at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards in London. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) LONDON — Domaine Serene in Oregon, Walla Walla’s Reininger and Mission Hill Family Estate…

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Support for Oregon Pinot Noir shows as IPNC nears another sellout

Melissa Burr, head winemaker for Stoller Family Estate since 2003, is among the featured winemakers for the 2017 International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville, Ore. (Photo by Andréa Johnson Photography/Courtesy of Stoller Family Estate) McMINNVILLE, Ore. — This year, the International Pinot Noir Celebration enters its fourth decade, and the…

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Affordable rosés for Northwest sunshine

Rosé has become a sign that spring is arriving soon. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) After our long, cold, wet winter, it is nice to see sunshine, higher temperatures and flowers beginning to show up. And this puts us in the mood to fire up the grill and toss…

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Washington State Wine Competition returns this spring

Cabernet Sauvignon entries stand ready to be double-decanted for judges at the 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore., at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) GRANDVIEW, Wash. — After a two-year hiatus, the Washington State Wine Competition is returning next month. Two years ago,…

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WineAmerica presents Oregon Sen. Wyden with award

Janie Brooks Heuck of Brooks Wines in Salem, Ore., and Trent Preszler from Bedell Cellars in New York, present Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) with the 2017 Grape and Wine Public Policy Leadership Award from WineAmerica and the Winegrape Growers of America. (Photo courtesy of WineAmerica) WineAmerica, the nation’s largest wine…

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Pinot Gris and things from the sea

Pinot Gris is, in fact, not a white grape, as it turns pink when it’s ready to be harvested. An old axiom about food pairings with Pinot Gris goes like this: “Pinot Gris and things from the sea.” And that why the crisp, refreshing flavors of Northwest Pinot Gris goes…

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Abacela, Bunnell star again at Pacific Rim International Wine Competition

Abacela head winemaker Andrew Wenzl, left, and founder Earl Jones work in the cellar at the Roseburg, Ore., winery. Abacela has produced the best rosé at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition for the past two years. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Pacific Northwest wines…

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Boushey takes over Klipsun Vineyard management

Grape grower Dick Boushey oversees a harvest crew last fall on Red Mountain. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) Dick Boushey, one of Washington wine country’s most celebrated grape growers, now is managing another of Red Mountain’s top vineyards. On Monday, Boushey told Great Northwest Wine that he agreed to take…

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Red Mountain’s famed Klipsun Vineyard sold to Chicago firm

Klipsun Vineyards on Red Mountain is most famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) Klipsun Vineyards, long considered one of the top vineyards in Washington state, has been sold to Terlato Wines International, a leading importer and marketer based in Chicago. The selling price was not disclosed.…

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