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Great Northwest Wine: Riesling still a force in Washington wines

Washington has long had a reputation for crafting world-class riesling, with the first plantings as early as 1880, pre-dating statehood. Today, riesling remains a force in Washington, being the No. 4 grape, trailing cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay in total tonnage harvested.

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 brought in more than 21,000 tons of syrah, a record level for the state. Syrah certainly plays an important role in Washington red blends, but it stands alone pretty well, too.

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 1970s. Today, pinot noir is far and away the dominant grape in the country’s fourth-largest wine-producing state (following California, Washington and New York). In fact, pinot noir makes up an astonishing 62 percent of the state’s wine production, with the focus on the northern Willamette Valley, home to six distinctive federally recognized viticultural areas.

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 were awarded Platinum status.

Northwest wine: Celebrate each day with sparkling wine

Fortunately, you don’t need big bucks and bling to enjoy sparkling wine in the Pacific Northwest. And bubbles shouldn’t be limited to weddings, New Year’s Eve and special occasions because these often are the quintessential food-pairing wines.

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 for every bottle of Oregon pinot noir on the shelves of markets, wine shops and restaurants beyond the Northwest.

Northwest Wine: Best of Idaho

With 51 wineries and more than 1,600 acres of wine grapes, Idaho’s wine industry is growing into something special.

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 and barbera can be found in wineries across the state. And zinfandel – also known as primitivo – can be counted among them.

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 from that tasting. Find the complete results of this tasting at

Great Northwest Wine: Wines shine in North Central Washington

Roughly defined as the areas surrounding such communities as Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Quincy, Cashmere, Mattawa and Omak, north-central Washington has long been known for its agricultural prowess. In the past 20 years, that has included more and more vineyards and wineries.

Northwest Wine: Cabernet sauvignon continues its reign in Washington

In Washington, cabernet sauvignon is king. Just as it is in California’s Napa Valley and its native Bordeaux, cab is the most important wine grape in Washington. And it’s no accident. Wine lovers have long gravitated toward the red wine grape, and that has been true in Washington for the past dozen years.