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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Growers expect Washington wine grape crop to be smaller

Riesling grapes in a Columbia Valley vineyard begin to mature in the mid-summer heat. (Photo by Melissa Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) After four straight years of record wine grape crops in Washington, growers expect the 2017 vintage to be down by as much as 10 percent. And early signs of veraison…

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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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Bud break marks start of 2017 vintage for Washington wine

Buds are bursting at Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. (Photo courtesy of Sadie Drury/North Slope Management) Across the Columbia Valley, the 2017 vintage is under way. The start of the wine grape growing reason is marked by bud break, when tiny leaves and flowers begin to emerge…

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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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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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