Abacela, Bunnell star again at Pacific Rim International Wine Competition

Abacela head winemaker Andrew Wenzl, left, and founder Earl Jones work in the cellar at the Roseburg, Ore., winery. Abacela has produced the best rosé at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition for the past two years. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Pacific Northwest wines…

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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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Most Washington wineries won’t need new wastewater permits

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Estate Winery facility is among those expected to need a wastewater permit under new state regulations. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state’s proposed winery wastewater permit system is expected to be applied to only 19 percent of the state’s wineries.…

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Northwest wineries shine on Wine Spectator bargain list

Vineyard manager Juan Uribe, left, and Juan Muñoz Oca, head winemaker at Columbia Crest in Prosser, Wash., collaborate on some of the best value wines made in the U.S., according to Wine Spectator magazine. (Photo courtesy of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates) Wine Spectator, the world’s leading wine publication, pays tribute…

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Reveal Walla Walla Valley Wine Auction returns April 10

Bidders at the 2016 Reveal Walla Walla Valley Wine Auction helped raise nearly $90,000 for the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance marketing efforts. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Collectors and merchants flocked to Oregon’s Willamette Valley last weekend to bid on Pinot Noir from the 2015…

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Willamette Valley wineries raise $472K in 80 minutes with barrel auction

Willamette: The Pinot Noir Barrel Auction raised $472,000 in less than 90 minutes at The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore. The event featuring Oregon Pinot Noir from the 2015 vintage raised marketing funds for the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. (Photo by Aubrie LeGault Photography/Courtesy of Willamette Valley Wineries…

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State working on winery wastewater permit system

Josh McDonald, executive director of the Washington Wine Institute, testifies in Olympia. (Photo by John Stang/Special to Great Northwest Wine) OLYMPIA, Wash. – Many questions are being tackled as the Washington state Department of Ecology puts together a permit system for discharging wastewater from wineries. Preliminary answers will likely be…

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3 generations inspire award-winning wines at Wild Goose Vineyards

General manager Roland Kruger, left, winemaker Nicholas Kruger, and managing winemaker Hagen Kruger stand out for their work in the cellar under the tasting room of Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. (Photo by Abra Bennett/Great Northwest Wine) An exciting breeze from the north swept over last week’s…

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