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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 9:38 a.m.

Sour grapes: Robbers empty Paris cellar of vintage wines

A Paris wine collector returned from holiday this week to a nasty surprise, finding a hole in his cellar and emptiness where his valuable collection of vintage wines had been.

100 years ago in Spokane: Prohibition causes headaches for Catholic churches needing sacramental wine

The state’s prohibition law was having an unintended consequence. Churches were having trouble obtaining sacramental wine. Catholic Bishop Augustin F. Schinner of Spokane said that “local authorities in some of …

Oregon farmers, vintners worry about heat damage to crops

Farmers and vineyard owners in Oregon are worrying that the extensive heat wave in the state may be doing damage to their crops.

Italian wine harvest begins 10 days early with heat, drought

The Italian wine grape harvest is having its earliest start in a decade due to the effects of the summer’s heatwave and drought.

Froma Harrop: Better science reporting can reduce scares

The problem with today’s unnecessarily scary reports is usually not the scientists suggesting elevated risks or the statisticians crunching the numbers. It’s how these risks and numbers are reported.

Harsh winter results in reduced Idaho wine grape crop

This year’s Idaho grape crop harvest is expected to be down significantly as a result of a bitter cold winter in the heart of Idaho wine country.

UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 2:41 p.m.

Harsh winter results in reduced Idaho wine grape crop

This year’s Idaho grape crop harvest is expected to be down significantly as a result of a bitter cold winter in the heart of Idaho wine country.

UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017, 10:13 p.m.

Wine industry transforms town best known for big prison

Walla Walla used to be best known for sweet onions and as home of the state penitentiary, where death row inmates once were hanged. But the remote town along the …

Northwest Wine: Bargain reds drink smoothly after Tax Day or any day

That pain of Tax Day may have a few of us looking to shave expenses and downsize luxury purchases for a while. Fortunately, the Pacific Northwest remains a great region …

UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 6:59 a.m.

New Washington laws cover liquor samples, wine auctions, tasting rooms

Washington’s evolving liquor laws add mixers to liquor samples, tasting rooms for wineries and a legal recognition of mead.

Bordeaux, home to $4,000 Chateau Petrus, ravaged by frost

The cold, which caused at least 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) of damage in what France’s winemakers call the biggest disaster in a quarter century, is the latest blow to …

UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 9:32 a.m.

Northwest wine: Pinot gris continues to come on strong in Oregon, Washington

Pinot gris is perfect with a lot of different dishes.

Rosé rising: Refreshing pink wines perfect for spring

With its beautiful blush, increasing complexity and overall approachability, rosé pairs with just about anything – and anybody.

UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 2:19 p.m.

Northwest Wine: Syrah continues to grow in popularity

Across America, syrah is a tough sale, thanks primarily to Australia shiraz flooding grocery stores in the past decade. Yet syrah continues to grow in Washington. Last fall, Washington winemakers …

The Beaver State’s pinot noir legacy

Oregon’s modern-day wine industry truly began to bear fruit a decade after the first pinot noir was planted in southern Oregon in 1961, expanding into the Willamette Valley in the …

UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 11:12 p.m.

Hutterites sue Walla Walla winery over $19,000 in grapes

A lawsuit claims Patit Creek Cellars, which has a wine tasting room in downtown Spokane, hasn’t paid for more than 14 tons of grapes valued at nearly $19,000.

UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 2:25 p.m.

Washington produces record wine grapes crop in 2016

The state of Washington produced a record harvest of wine grapes in 2016. The Washington Wine Commission reported Wednesday that the 2016 harvest was 270,000 tons, up 22 percent from …

Students in college winery program drink in the knowledge

One of the first things students learn in science class is to not eat or drink anything in the lab, but that’s not the case here.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 8:16 p.m.

Washington measure seeks expansion of wine growler law

Two years ago, the Washington state Legislature began allowing wine lovers to fill reusable containers – known as growlers – at their favorite wineries.

Regional reds garner magazine’s Platinum status

The 16th annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging drew 531 entries from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho. From these, 44 wines earned unanimous Double Platinum awards, and another 124 …

Recent cold snap didn’t harm wine grapes

The recent cold weather doesn’t appear to have damaged Eastern Washington’s 48,000 acres of wine grapes.

Northwest Wine: Woodward Canyon remains among West Coast’s best

The string of success has continued in 2016 for Woodward Canyon Winery and founding winemaker Rick Small. Now, there’s a succession plan firmly in place, too.

Northwest Wine: Oregon burnishes its reputation for pinot noir

In the world of wine, Oregon is synonymous with pinot noir. That simple, yet well-earned international recognition for producers west of the Cascades serves as a valuable, stand-alone marketing tool …

Idaho’s wine grape crop rebounds after 2015

Idaho’s wine grape crop is rebounding after a small harvest in 2015.

Wine grape harvest underway in the Umpqua Valley

Harvest is underway for wine grape growers in the Umpqua Valley, many of whom have been picking their grapes earlier than usual.

Great Northwest Wine: Wineries turn Washington into own Little Italy

Only a few of Italy’s hundres of grape varieties have made their way to the New World, and they tend to grow beautifully in Washington. Grapes such as sangiovese, nebbiolo …

Great Northwest Wine: Finding your wine-buying price threshold

In the new issue of Wine Press Northwest magazine, we tasted more than 300 red wines priced at $30 and less. Here are a few of our favorite red blends …

Weathercatch: Washington’s cooler nights boost flavor of wines

A little-known secret of many great-tasting wines made in Washington state is literally the difference between night and day.

Grocer is 1st in Pennsylvania to sell wine since Prohibition

A grocery store in Pennsylvania has become the first since Prohibition to sell wine in the state.

Northwest rosés perfect pairing for regional cuisine

The days of sickly sweet California Kool-Aid are well behind us, and dozens upon dozens of Northwest winemakers are crafting crisp pinks that pair so well with fresh Northwest cuisine