Walla Walla’s Forgeron Cellars unveils new look

Marie-Eve Gilla is the winemaker and managing partner of Forgeron Cellars in Walla Walla, Wash. The winery, celebrating its 15th year, has unveiled a new look. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WALLA WALLA, Wash. – One Walla Walla winery is marking its 15th year in business with a new…

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Intrinsic a wild new wine from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Juan Muñoz Oca, head winemaker for Columbia Crest, also is behind Intrinsic, a new Cabernet Sauvignon made in an unusual way. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) PATERSON, Wash. – One of Washington’s largest wineries is thinking small – but in a big way. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has launched…

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Wine lovers have abundance of educational opportunities

Yashar Shayan is the owner of Impulse Wine, a Seattle-based online retailer. Shayan has worked his way through several wine certification programs. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) If you spend much time around wine experts, you might begin to hear such terms as “WSET,” “Master Sommelier” and “Master of Wine”…

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Semiahmoo Resort host to Northwest Wine Encounter

Semiahmoo Resort is host to the inaugural Northwest Wine Encounter, which is April 15-17. The iconic resort is near Blaine, Wash., about two hours north of Seattle. (Photo courtesy of Semiahmoo Resort) BLAINE, Wash. – Four great Northwest wineries will come together April 15-17 for the inaugural Northwest Wine Encounter…

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Judges select favorites from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

The judging team for the fourth annual Cascadia Wine Competition poses in front of the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Not every wine wins a gold medal at wine competitions. In fact, fewer than 20 percent do. And…

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El Niño shows signs of weakening this spring

This image of the western United States from Feb. 23 to March 23, 2016 indicates the percent of normal precipitation (Image by High Plains Regional Climate Center/courtesy of Gregory Jones). ASHLAND, Ore. – March may well go out like a lamb, but the warm lion chasing it through Pacific Northwest…

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Inside the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

The historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore., is home to the annual Cascadia Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – During the fourth annual Cascadia Wine Competition – the largest judging of wines from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho in the country…

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Great whites from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

White wine grapes arrive at a Washington winery during harvest. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Amid the more than 1,000 wines judged last week by 22 Northwest wine professionals during the fourth annual Cascadia Wine Competition, fewer than a third were white – a testament to the…

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Gold medal reds from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

Ken Robertson, chief of judges at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition, reviews a wine moments after it was awarded a gold medal by one of the six judging panels at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Sharon Beth Photography) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Red wines dominated the…

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Washington Chardonnay remains a big favorite

Chardonnay grapes ripen in the Columbia Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) With all the excitement about Washington Riesling for the past 15 years, Washington Chardonnay has hung around and remains one of the most popular white wine grapes in the state. Last fall, wineries crushed 42,000 tons of…

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