Mega Purple – an insidious additive that can ruin a wine


MegaPurple is a grape juice concentrate that, when used in tiny amounts, can effectively add color to a wine. Use too much, and winemakers risk ruining the wine. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) The next time you pick up a glass of inexpensive red wine, you might look at…

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Lindsay Creek Vineyards adds to growth of Lewis-Clark Valley wine


Fourth-generation wheat farmers Art McIntosh, left, and his brother, Doug, operate Lindsay Creek Vineyards in Lewiston, Idaho. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) LEWISTON, Idaho – It might catch visitors by surprise when they drive up to Lindsay Creek Vineyards and find it in the middle of wheat fields on…

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Marcus Notaro builds Red Mountain-Napa Valley connection


Marcus Notaro is the head winemaker for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in California’s Napa Valley. He was the head winemaker for Col Solare on Washington’s Red Mountain until three years ago. (Photo courtesy of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars) NAPA, Calif. – One man has now been the head winemaker for…

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After 30 vintages, Joe Dobbes still fascinated by Pinot Noir


Joe Dobbes, owner of Dobbes Family Estate in Dundee, Ore., leads a tasting of four Pinot Noirs from four Oregon AVAs to show their distinct differences. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) DUNDEE, Ore. – Even after 30 years of making wine, Joe Dobbes is still in awe over the…

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Cynthia Nims dives into Northwest oysters, wines


Cynthia Nims is the author of several books. Her most recent is Oysters: Recipes that Bring Home a Taste of the Sea. SEATTLE – Cynthia Nims knows Pacific Northwest cuisine, and her latest book dives into the beautiful and occasionally murky waters of oysters. Oysters: Recipes that Bring Home a…

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Ste. Michelle’s Baseler envisions 200,000 acres of Washington vineyards


Ted Baseler, CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, enjoys a moment at the 2015 Auction of Washington Wines Picnic & Barrel Auction on the grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash. (Photo by Great Northwest Wine) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – Washington’s wine industry is perfectly poised to not only continue…

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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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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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