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Decade has been one of change for wines

As we prepare to exit the “aughts,” it’s fun to look back on some of the major wine trends of the past decade. Some are industry-wide, some are Washington- specific. …


Looking for holiday bubbly? Check the Blue Book

Wine Blue Book is an online/e-mail buying guide that regularly compiles reviews and scores on hundreds of wines, lists them by price and ranks them by value. A free trial …


Fresh Sheet: Trezzi ushers in new era for wine

Last year under a cold October sky, Davide and Stephanie Trezzi and their friends harvested the first barbera wine grapes from the small vineyard near the modern red barn that …


Wineries celebrating with special events

Not that you need one, but there are a handful of excuses to stop by a local winery in the next week or so. Whitestone Winery in Wilbur, Wash., will …


Several Washington wines make Best Buy list

There is no question that tough times are upon us for grape growers, wineries and retailers. But for consumers, there are more outstanding value wines than I’ve seen in a …


Wine enthusiasts should take in fermentation experience

Crush is on, in full-ferment mode, and there is no better time to visit your Spokane wineries. Walk in and you are almost certain to see grapes arriving, being sorted …


Summer a good time to expand wine interests

Hot weather demands cold wines. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop exploring new varietals and regions. In fact, summer is arguably the best time to hit the trail …


Lake Chelan area looks promising for quality wines

Washington’s 11th and newest American Viticultural Area – the Lake Chelan viticultural area – was officially approved on May 29. Located at the far northwest corner of the sprawling Columbia …


State’s top vineyards unveil an interesting mix of varietals

What’s new and exciting here in Washington state? High on the list has to be the explosion of interesting varietals – many from southern France and Italy – being grown …


Spring Barrel Tasting

There’s no need for a long road trip to taste wine made from fruit in the state’s best growing regions. Spokane winemakers are bringing grapes from the Columbia Valley, Yakima …


Explore Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail

Looking to make a wine run that’s fun and off the beaten path? Time to hit the trail – the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail in the lower Yakima Valley.


Chilean wines deliver at a discounted price

The damaged economy has not stopped people from buying, drinking and enjoying wine – far from it. But it has made everyone more price-sensitive, as my friends in the retail …


Seattle’s Precept casts wide net across industry

A recent issue of Wine Business Monthly listed the Top 30 U.S. wine companies, and all of a sudden, little old Washington state is loaded with them. Ste. Michelle Wine …


Idaho beer and wine tax increase introduced

BOISE – Idaho’s beer and wine taxes would more than triple to pay for substance-abuse treatment under legislation that narrowly won introduction in a House committee on Monday.


Take care in picking a Valentine’s bottle

OK, Valentine’s Day is still a couple of weeks away. Take a deep breath – you still have time to avoid a potentially disastrous wine mistake. Let’s face it, choosing …


Proposed California wine tax bump could herald Three Buck Chuck

Is this the end of Two Buck Chuck? A proposal to raise the state tax on wine to a level more than six times as high to help close California’s …


Report expects wine drinkers to keep it up

PARIS – The world just can’t get enough wine. Global wine consumption, on the rise in past years, is forecast to continue to grow in the coming ones, with the …


Washington wines have skyrocketed up the charts

What a year for Washington wines! Looking over the Top 100 lists that come out in December, it’s hard to find any region in the world that has fared better …


Warming a win for winemakers

When Rick Small began growing wine grapes in the 1970s as a third-generation farmer in Lowden, Wash., winemaking in the state was largely an experimental venture. “I wasn’t sure that …


Growing the family business

If someone had told a teenaged Michael Haig that his work in the vineyards was just beginning, he might have laughed himself right off the tractor. “Viticulture is just farming, …


L’Ecole wines remain consistently good

With the number of Walla Walla wineries now past 100, it’s hard to believe that L’Ecole No 41 represented a 50 percent increase in the winery population when it opened …


Walla Walla knows wine

You know you’re close to Walla Walla when the brown scablands are interrupted by fuzzy-looking green patches on the hillsides. Those dark green patches are vineyards. The other indicator is …


Barrel of excitement

Tim and Tracy Nodland made their first barrel of wine in 1999. Then they made another, and another, and another until the self-taught winemakers had 63 batches of wines to …


A taste of success

Judging from steady sales increases over the past five years, wine and its cultural trappings are sinking deep roots around the Inland Northwest. For proof, look at Vino, a small …


Riesling Gives Great Flavor At The Right Price

Let me state my case for making Washington riesling your summer sipping wine: It’s painfully cheap. It’s bursting with a fruit salad of flavor. It’s a great companion for the …