5th annual Cascadia Wine Competition begins today

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  The 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition begins today in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – The fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition begins this morning at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel. The judging attracted more than 900 entries from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.…

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6 bills for Washington wineries alive in state Legislature

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Six of the nine wine-related bills introduced this year at the state Legislature remain alive. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) OLYMPIA, Wash. — It appears that Washington wineries are on their way to being able to operate as many as four tasting rooms. However, prospects look grim for a…

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Red Mountain vineyards pour 2016 wines for winemakers

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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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2017 vintage off to cool start in Pacific Northwest

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Greg Jones, a professor at Southern Oregon University and one of the wine world’s leaders in climate research, presents a report Feb. 14, 2017 at the Idaho Wine Commission annual meeting in Boise. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) ASHLAND, Ore. — Climate researcher Greg Jones confirmed on Tuesday what…

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Double Canyon hires Kate Michaud as winemaker

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Kate Michaud, who has been making wine in the Pacific Northwest since 2002, will take over as the head winemaker at Double Canyon. (Photo by CDK Imaging/Courtesy of Katy Michaud) WEST RICHLAND, Wash. — Double Canyon moves into its new facility near Red Mountain in time for the 2017 harvest,…

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An Outstanding selection of Northwest wines

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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) We taste many Northwest wines. When wine is submitted to us for review, it goes into a queue to be tasted under blind…

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vinAmité Cellars finds its way in British Columbia wine industry

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Ray and Wendy Coulombe purchased a 5-acre vineyard near Oliver, British Columbia, in 2009, and their vinAmité Cellars wines are winning gold medals in U.S. competitions. (Photo by Abra Bennett/Great Northwest Wine) OLIVER, British Columbia — It seemed natural for Ray and Betty Coulombe to take over a vineyard in…

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Myles Anderson sells his share of Walla Walla Vintners

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Gordy Venneri, left, and Myles Anderson founded Walla Walla Vintners in 1995. The eighth-oldest winery in the Walla Walla Valley will announce today that Anderson has sold his interest in the winery. (Photo courtesy of Walla Walla Vintners) WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Wine industry icon Myles Anderson has been looking…

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Canadian wine industry toasts vintner Harry McWatters

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The Vancouver International Wine Festival presented Harry McWatters, president/CEO of Encore Vineyards in Penticton, British Columbia, with its Spirited Industry Professional Award on Feb. 17, 2017. (Photo by Voth Photography/Courtesy of Town Hall Brands) VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The 39th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival took time Friday toward the…

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Bill in Olympia would ease laws on alcohol at movies

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The Washington state Senate in Olympia is considering legislation to make it easier for adults to enjoy a glass of wine at movie theaters. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill is going through the Washington state Senate to allow more movie theaters to serve wine…

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