Judges nominations grow for Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition


Chris Horn, wine director for Seattle-based Heavy Restaurant Group; Naomi Boutz, manager/wine director of The Cellar at 317 Sherman in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and Dave Smith, wine buyer for Everything Wine in Vancouver, British Columbia, judge at 2015 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in…

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Koenig Vineyards dessert wine tops 7th Idaho Wine Competition


Workers pick frozen Riesling clusters for Koenig Winery in Idaho’s Snake River Valley. (Photo courtesy of Koenig Winery) BOISE, Idaho – A dessert wine from one of Idaho’s top winemakers won best of show Tuesday afternoon at the seventh annual Idaho Wine Competition. Koenig Vineyards’ 2014 Botrytis Single Berry Select…

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Lindsay Creek Vineyards adds to growth of Lewis-Clark Valley wine


Fourth-generation wheat farmers Art McIntosh, left, and his brother, Doug, operate Lindsay Creek Vineyards in Lewiston, Idaho. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) LEWISTON, Idaho – It might catch visitors by surprise when they drive up to Lindsay Creek Vineyards and find it in the middle of wheat fields on…

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Clearwater Canyon Cellars comes of age on Idaho century farm


Earl Bennett, trustee for the Idaho Historical Society, presents an Idaho Century Farm plaque to Mary McQuary, Karl Umiker and McQuary’s daughter, Coco Umiker of Umiker Vineyard and Clearwater Canyon Cellars. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) LEWISTON, Idaho – If Idaho winemakers Coco Umiker and her husband, Karl, had…

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Feds establish Lewis-Clark Valley AVA, modify Columbia Valley


Rivaura is a young site in the new Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area along the Clearwater River near Juliaetta, Idaho. (Photo courtesy of Lane Hewett) Perhaps it did take a small act of Congress, but the Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area becomes official today. The Department of Treasury’s Alcohol and…

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Senators ‘urge’ TTB to approve Lewis-Clark Valley AVA


Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) have sent a letter to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau urging the agency to approve the petition to establish the Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area for the states of Washington and Idaho. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell)…

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