State working on winery wastewater permit system

Josh McDonald, executive director of the Washington Wine Institute, testifies in Olympia. (Photo by John Stang/Special to Great Northwest Wine) OLYMPIA, Wash. – Many questions are being tackled as the Washington state Department of Ecology puts together a permit system for discharging wastewater from wineries. Preliminary answers will likely be…

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Cedar River Cellars 2015 Mormor Riesling, Yakima Valley, $18

Oregon State alum Micah Nasarow landed in Seattle suburb of Renton and draws his drinking water from the Cedar River Watershed, but his Riesling continues to come from the Miller family’s expansive Airfield Estates near Prosser. He produces this in an off-dry style as a tribute to his family’s grandmother…

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Treos Wines 2013 Estate Pinot Noir Elegant Reserve, Willamette Valley, $35

Polk County winemaker Dave Jepson pulls from his group’s well-tended vineyard north of Corvallis, Ore., and his collection of Dijon clone Pinot Noir stands just east of the acclaimed 200-acre Domaine Loubejac planting. Jepson’s melange of five clones, cropped at less than 1-ton per acre, are influenced by a blend…

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Abacela 2014 Fiesta Estate Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $23

The Pacific Northwest’s growing thirst for Tempranillo might be most evident with Abacela’s Fiesta project. Production for their most approachable example of this robust Spanish grape from the 2014 vintage marks a 40 percent increase from the prior harvest. Seven separate picks from across the Jones family’s Fault Line Vineyards…

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3 generations inspire award-winning wines at Wild Goose Vineyards

General manager Roland Kruger, left, winemaker Nicholas Kruger, and managing winemaker Hagen Kruger stand out for their work in the cellar under the tasting room of Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. (Photo by Abra Bennett/Great Northwest Wine) An exciting breeze from the north swept over last week’s…

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Northwest Cellars 2013 Fortissimo Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $24

Syrah often is the secret sauce behind many of the Pacific Northwest’s top proprietary red blends, and the winemaking tandem of Robert Delf and Robert Smasne make it the lead grape (60%) in this blend from Spofford Station, Tasawik and Verhey vineyards. That Rhône red allows for aromas of Marionberry…

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Noviello Vineyards 2014 Syrah, Red Mountain, $48

Charlie “Wine Boss” Hoppes works with Fredric and Ana Stern on their young project near the Columbia River resort community of Orondo, Wash., and the Richland winemaker pulled from rising star Red Heaven Vineyard for this chocolaty Syrah. The 22-month program in both French and American oak builds aromas of…

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Wild Goose tops 5th Cascadia Wine Competition

The Wild Goose Vineyards 2016 Pinot Gris won top honors at the fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. Wild Goose is in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Last year’s harvest at Wild Goose Vineyards will forever be remembered as…

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Cascadia Wine Competition concludes today in Oregon

Tim McNally, a broadcaster and writer based in New Orleans, enjoys a light moment during the fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Two days of intense judging of Pacific Northwest wines has set the stage for today’s superlatives…

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5th annual Cascadia Wine Competition begins today

  The 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition begins today in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – The fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition begins this morning at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel. The judging attracted more than 900 entries from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.…

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