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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Wahluke Slope the backbone of the Washington Wine Industry

A crew works a mechanical harvester at a vineyard on the western edge of the Wahluke Slope during harvest 2013. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Follow the Columbia River up through the middle of the state, and you’ll run into the Wahluke Slope, an 81,000-acre American Viticultural Area that…

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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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San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition draws 6,850 entries

More than 6,800 wines are entered in the 33rd San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, held this week in the Sonoma County town of Cloverdale, Calif. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) CLOVERDALE, Calif. — This week’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition won’t break last year’s record, but the 6,850 entries…

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Paterson takes Tantalus Vineyards to another level

Tanatalus Vineyards winemaker David Paterson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, but he grew up in New Zealand and returned to Canada after graduating from Lincoln University with a background in viticulture and enology. (Photo by Abra Bennett/Great Northwest Wine) KELOWNA, British Columbia – Many people say that good wine…

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Walla Walla wine industry helps raise $26,908 for food bank

Members from the 2016 Barrel Full of Money steering committee present a check to Blue Mountain Action Council on Dec. 15 at Baker Boyer Bank in Walla Walla. From left to right: Trevor Dorland, Cindy Widmer, Ashley Riggs, Jeff Mathais, Kathy Covey, Philippe Michel and Kari Palmer. (Photo courtesy of…

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