Red Mountain vineyards pour 2016 wines for winemakers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Reustle wins 5 double golds at San Francisco Chronicle wine judging

Stephen Reustle, who graduated from Rutgers University with an accounting degree, is the grower/winemaker of Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards in Roseburg, Ore. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) CLOVERDALE, Calif. — Stephen Reustle and his Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards project proved again this week that his Southern Oregon wines are not only…

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Ste. Michelle brands ride tall at Houston rodeo judging

The judging for the 2017 Rodeo Uncorked! the international wine competition for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, generated more than 2,850 entries. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) HOUSTON — Ste. Michelle Wine Estates brands 14 Hands, Anew and Chateau Ste. Michelle each won a best of class award…

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