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Great Northwest Wine: Toast with bubbly every day and not just holidays

For New Year’s Eve, when we celebrate the year we are wrapping up, as well as the year yet to come, the obvious choice is sparkling wine. If you opt to go French, many of those are legally known as Champagne because of the region from which they are produced about 75 miles east of Paris, France.

Great Northwest Wine: How Woodinville became Washington wine country

One of the more fascinating developments in the world of Washington wine is the emergence of Woodinville as a destination. This suburban corner of King County on the east side of Lake Washington has developed into a home for more than 130 wineries and tasting rooms.

Great Northwest Wine: Wahluke Slope provides backbone of Washington wine

The arid Wahluke Slope is an area of Washington wine country that often is misunderstood. It’s a region off the beaten path about a 15-minute drive south of I-90 and the Saddle Mountains. It’s warm and dusty with few tasting rooms and nowhere near any population centers.

Great Northwest Wine: Wenatchee has a rich history in Washington wine

Two of Washington’s first wineries sprang up in Wenatchee. According to “The Wine Project: Washington State’s Winemaking History” by Ron Irvine and the late Walter Clore, the state’s first winery was John Galler Winery, which began in 1874 in East Wenatchee. It operated until 1910.

Great Northwest Wine: Lake Chelan provides natural draw for wine lovers

Lake Chelan’s history with wine offers a few more chapters than one might think starting in 1891 with a newspaper report of an Italian immigrant and his 60-acre vineyard. It began in earnest, however, a century later when orchardist Bob Christopher first transitioned some of his apple trees to grape vines.

Great Northwest Wine: A wine wonderland awaits north of the border

Just north of the U.S. border is a wine lover’s playground, the Okanagan Valley, Canada’s most important wine region. This interior section of British Columbia is a traditional destination for residents of the Lower Mainland region looking to escape the gray skies for sunshine.

Great Northwest Wine: Canned wines gain in popularity and acceptance

There was a time when the idea of wine in an aluminum can was horrifying. Something as noble as wine coming in a beer can was akin to fingernails on a chalkboard. While this might project a bit of traditional bias or perhaps some good old-fashioned wine snobbishness is difficult to say.

Cabernet sauvignon thrives in Washington

It can now be argued that Washington’s signature wine is cabernet sauvignon, the grape that attracts wine lovers from all corners of the globe to Napa Valley and France’s Bordeaux region. Cab, known as “King Cab” to winemakers, is Washington’s most planted, most expensive and most famous variety.