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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Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery turns science into art


Walter Gehringer is the winemaking brother at Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery in Oliver, British Columbia. (Photo by Abra Bennett/Great Northwest Wine) OLIVER, British Columbia — If you’re science-minded, iconoclastic and love good wine, then Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley should be a destination. On the one…

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Huge, record-setting Washington harvest wrapping up


Chardonnay grapes destined for Karma Vineyards in Lake Chelan are loaded into a bin in early August on the first morning of harvest at French Creek Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. (Photo by Niranjana Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) What already was anticipated to be the largest harvest in Washington history looks…

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Mega Purple – an insidious additive that can ruin a wine


MegaPurple is a grape juice concentrate that, when used in tiny amounts, can effectively add color to a wine. Use too much, and winemakers risk ruining the wine. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) The next time you pick up a glass of inexpensive red wine, you might look at…

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Rob Griffin of Barnard Griffin starts 40th Washington harvest


Rob Griffin came to Washington in 1977, and he started his 40th harvest today when several tons of old vine Sauvignon Blanc arrived at his Richland winery. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) RICHLAND, Wash. – As several tons of old-vine Sauvignon Blanc arrived at the crush pad at Barnard…

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Walla Walla’s Jeff Popick retires this week from viticulture program


Jeff Popick is retiring this week after spending six years teaching viticulture at Walla Walla Community College. He plans to move to Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WALLA WALLA, Wash. – As much as he wishes this gig could go on for a few more years, this is…

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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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Washington Malbec continues to gain momentum


Malbec is becoming a much more important wine grape in Washington. The red Bordeaux variety is gaining momentum each year. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) There is every indication that Washington Malbec is on the verge of becoming a much bigger thing. A decade ago, World Malbec Day could…

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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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