Barnard Griffin wins rosé sweepstakes again at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Rob Griffin’s 2017 Rosé of Sangiovese won the rosé sweepstakes at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest judging of wine in the United States. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) CLOVERDALE, Calif. — One of the hottest wines on the U.S. market these days is rosé, and…

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San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition set to go international

Judging organizer Bob Fraser announced that the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition will begin allowing entries from Canada and Mexico starting for the 2019 judging. (Photo courtesy of PR Magic) CLOVERDALE, Calif. — As the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition began its final full day, competition director Bob Fraser…

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Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cab ranks No. 2 on Wine.com list

The Columbia Crest 2014 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon has been the second-most popular wine with customers in 2017 on Wine.com. (Photo courtesy of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates) It’s no surprise to see a Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay leading Wine.com’s top 100 list of wines purchased in 2017, but at No. 2 stands…

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Adelsheim Vineyard promotes Hennen to replace Paige as winemaker

Head winemaker Dave Paige, left, will hand off all of his keys to the Adelsheim Vineyard barrel room to associate winemaker Gina Hennen later this month. (Photo by Adelsheim Vineyard/Courtesy of Trellis Growth Partners) NEWBERG, Ore. – Oregon’s iconic Adelsheim Vineyard makes just the fourth winemaking change in its 45-year…

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Pinot Gris by Oregon’s Pike Road tops fifth annual Great Northwest Invitational

Adam Campbell is the second-generation owner and winemaker for Elk Cove Vineyards in Gaston, Ore. He and his family created Pike Road Wines in 2014 and opened their tasting room for the sister winery in 2017 in downtown Carlton. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Second-generation…

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Melanie Krause, Cinder Wines uses Riesling to top Idaho Wine Competition

Melanie Krause, who produced the best Riesling at the 2017 Cascadia International Wine Competition, followed that up at the 2017 Idaho Wine Competition, where her 2016 Off-Dry Riesling was voted best of show. (Photo courtesy of Cinder Wines) CALDWELL, Idaho – An off-dry Riesling from one of Pacific Northwest’s top…

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Santo takes over for Munnell at Mercer Estates

Jeremy Santo, a product of Washington State University and the Yakima Valley town of Prosser, is the new head winemaker for Mercer Estates. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) PROSSER, Wash. – One product of Washington State University and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is taking over for another at Mercer…

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Canadian giant Peller to acquire Black Hills, Gray Monk, Tinhorn

California native Sandra Oldfield and her family have entered into an agreement to sell Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in Oliver, British Columbia, to Canadian giant Andrew Peller, which also announced plans to purchase Black Hills Estate Winery and Gray Monk Estate Winery. (Photo courtesy of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards) Canadian giant Andrew…

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Oregon wine industry tops 725 wineries, 30,000 acres of vines

Willamette Valley Vineyards launched its Elton Winery brand this summer, a tribute to the highly acclaimed vineyard established by the late Dick O’Brien and his wife, Betty. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon wine industry grew its sales in 2016 by 12 percent to $529…

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Washington Wine Hall of Fame Gala raises record $105,000 for Clore Center

Doug Gore receives his plaque as a new inductee of the Washington Wine Hall of Fame from Abbey Cameron, executive director of the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center in Prosser. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) PROSSER, Wash. – Friends of storied winemaker Doug Gore came out to support his…

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