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Cougar Crest Winery let creativity guide winemaking

As a pharmacist, Debbie Hansen’s job was straightforward: Provide the right pill in the right dose to the right patient at the right time. Winemaking is different.


Honey see, honey do

DAYTON, Wash. – Mace Mead Works will help you forget everything you know – about honey wines. Reggie Mace ferments his mead from honey he buys from local beekeepers, but …


Event connects winemakers with wine lovers

Some Spokane-area residents are getting tipsy this weekend in celebration of the annual Mother’s Day Spring Release Weekend. The event, put on by the Spokane Winery Association, is a celebration …


Gregoire: California vintners nothing but ‘jug wine’

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is drawing the line on wine.


Legend of Latah

Mike Conway came to winemaking through the back door. Fresh out of the military, Conway worked as a microbiology technician at Gallo in California. In 1977, he joined Parducci Wine …


Do Your Part: Support local spirits this season

The holiday season means celebrating with family, friends, co-workers, and more. If you’re deciding what adult beverages to serve at the next gathering – say, for your Super Bowl party …


Kalama wine bottle factory to reopen

KALAMA, Wash. – Bennu Glass has secured the financing and permits needed to reopen the shuttered Kalama wine bottle factory and will start hiring employees in January, company officials said …


Kershner: New wisdom from old bottles

Our friend Caron Campbell visited last week and brought us a memorable gift – and an even more memorable metaphor. It was a bottle of red wine, but not just …


Wine center seeks Benton County funds

PROSSER, Wash. – A multimillion-dollar wine exhibition and culinary center being developed near Prosser has the view overlooking the Yakima River and a $2 million federal grant, but it could …


Wine event to benefit psychiatric programs

Local wineries and wine lovers will come together to raise money for psychiatric programs at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital on Saturday at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, …


Toast to the future: Once just a single winery, the Spokane region’s wine industry is now flourishing

The bar at the downtown tasting room shared by Grande Ronde, Mountain Dome and others was three people deep on a recent Saturday. Enthusiastic fans were swirling glasses, sniffing and …


Grapevine: Washington state’s chardonnays deliver a fresh taste of spring

Spring is here – at least officially – and thoughts begin to turn toward wines well suited to warm days and outdoor settings. It’s fun to look ahead to the …


Oregon rises to wine lovers’ evolving tastes

The success story in Oregon has been, and continues to be, the exceptional pinot noirs. Pinot noir wines from almost anywhere have shown impressive – some might say relentless – …


State enjoys record wine grape harvest

KENNEWICK – Despite a year when weather rarely cooperated, the Washington wine industry still enjoyed a record harvest in 2010. Washington crushed 160,000 tons of wine grapes, up from 156,000 …


Enjoy a special bottle of wine but first handle with caution

With New Year’s Eve bearing down on us, it is a good time to ask yourself, “Do I have any special occasion wines tucked away in my wine cabinet?” If …


Wine buff plans world-class event

Longtime wine connoisseur and self-trained chef George Balling had a vision. He was confident that a global wine competition in Coeur d’Alene would prove successful.


Find the wine that best blends with the occasion

The holidays are rapidly bearing down on us, with their mix of excitement and excess, friends and family, food and fun. Wines are never more central to celebrations than at …


The crush of fall appears promising for wine drinkers

Autumn is an especially exciting time for both wineries and wine drinkers. This year’s harvest has been a nail-biter, as a result of the summer’s unusually cool weather, and a …


Washington wines hold their own in price and quality

These are challenging times for wineries, which are facing increased global competition and rapidly falling prices for their wines. California brands that once commanded $100 and more a bottle are …


Golf course restaurant offers new menu, gorgeous view

The white linens on the tables are almost as crisp as the morning air these days. From the broad bank of windows inside the Indian Canyon Restaurant, the view sweeps …


Winemakers cultivate growing China market

SEATTLE – Hong Kong and mainland China are developing a strong thirst for wine, and Washington and Oregon are hoping for a taste of those growing markets. So far, only …


Sparkling wines a refreshing summertime option

It’s a fact that more than three-quarters of all Champagne sales occur between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy good bubbly year-round. Well-made, dry sparkling …


DrinkNectar.com launches wine magazine

Spokane wine blogger Josh Wade of DrinkNectar.com is starting a new magazine.


Pacific Northwest rosés perfect for the season

If there is a more versatile, summertime wine than a chilled, dry rosé, I haven’t found it. These wines have become more and more popular in recent years, both as …


Winery raises glass to its 15th anniversary

Pend d’Oreille Winery is celebrating 15 years with music, discounts, dinner, and, of course, wine. The festivities begin on Friday with the release of the new 2007 Meyer Reserve Cabernet …


Overbluff Cellars to serve at refurbished tasting room

Spokane’s newest winery celebrates the grand opening of its new tasting room Saturday. Overbluff Cellars will serve samples of its wines along with appetizers from 1 to 7 p.m. at …


Oregon winery thrives on focused approach

My general advice to small, startup wineries is to focus. Make something your calling card. Don’t try to make 30 different wines until you’ve figured out how to do three …


Overbluff Cellars joins Spokane winery scene

The Spokane Winery Association is welcoming sweet 16 this year. Overbluff Cellars joins the growing number of Spokane wineries for the first time at this year’s spring barrel tasting. The …


What’s in a name? For the claret, quite a bit

Unless a wine business has been grandfathered in, American wines may no longer be labeled Burgundy, Chablis, Champagne, Port, Sauterne and Sherry – the most common among 17 banned names …


Man pulls knife on restaurant worker after skipping out on bill

Police are trying to identify a man they said pulled a knife Saturday on a Wild Sage Bistro employee after throwing a glass of wine at a customer and skipping …