Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery turns science into art

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Walter Gehringer is the winemaking brother at Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery in Oliver, British Columbia. (Photo by Abra Bennett/Great Northwest Wine) OLIVER, British Columbia — If you’re science-minded, iconoclastic and love good wine, then Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley should be a destination. On the one…

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BC wine industry mourns Wild Goose founder Adolf Kruger

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Adolf “Fritz” Kruger, founder/co-owner of award-winning Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, died Sunday at the age of 85. He was a founding director of the BC Wine Institute and spearheaded the effort to establish farmgate wineries throughout the province. (Photo courtesy of the Kruger family) OKANAGAN FALLS,…

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Walla Walla wine industry appoints Heather Unwin as executive director

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Heather Unwin, former executive director of the Red Mountain AVA Alliance, has been hired as the executive director for the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance. (Photo courtesy of Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance) WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Heather Unwin has been teaching a wine marketing class at Walla Walla Community…

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Huge, record-setting Washington harvest wrapping up

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Chardonnay grapes destined for Karma Vineyards in Lake Chelan are loaded into a bin in early August on the first morning of harvest at French Creek Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. (Photo by Niranjana Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) What already was anticipated to be the largest harvest in Washington history looks…

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Plan for Walla Walla’s Fall Release Weekend

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The Marcus Whitman Hotel dominates the downtown Walla Walla skyline. WALLA WALLA, Wash. – As the 2016 harvest draws to a close, winemakers celebrate by scrubbing the deep purple stains from their hands and popping corks on new wines to share with friends, family and customers old and new. Fall…

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Mega Purple – an insidious additive that can ruin a wine

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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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17th annual Platinum Judging begins today

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Thousands of wine glasses will be poured, sniffed, sipped and evaluated during the next three days for the 17th annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging. (Photo by Great Northwest Wine) KENNEWICK, Wash. – The 17th annual Platinum Judging takes place for the next three days in the heart of Washington…

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Charles Smith reshapes Washington wine industry

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Charles Smith sold his Charles Smith Wines brand to Constellation this week. (Photo by Richard Duval/Great Northwest Wine) SEATTLE – When Charles Smith makes a move, the earth moves. On Monday, a big “crack” was heard throughout the Washington wine industry when it was announced that Smith had sold his…

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Cabernet Franc a gentler version of Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cabernet Franc grapes are grown throughout Washington’s Columbia Valley, where Bordeaux varieties thrive. (Photo by Niranjana Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Cabernet Franc often is viewed as a kinder, gentler version of Cabernet Sauvignon, kind of like its little brother. More correctly, it’s more of a father figure. DNA testing in 1997…

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Washington wineries brace for epic storm

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Blain and Kim Roberts, owners of Westport Winery on the Washington coast, are bracing for this weekend’s storm. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WESTPORT, Wash. – Kim Roberts remembers when she was building her winery a decade ago. She remembers the 100-mph sustained winds, the 96 trees that came…

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