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Great Northwest Wine: Plan ahead for holiday dining starting with Thanksgiving

This will be an unforgettable holiday season for all of us, and it begins with Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, Northwest wineries, retailers, restaurants and others in the hospitality industry are suffering because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each year, these businesses bank on October, November and December, which they often refer to as O-N-D.

Great Northwest Wine: Syrah by Armstrong in Walla Walla tops invitational judging

Tech exec Tim Armstrong began his admiration for the Washington wine industry in 2009 when he and his wife, Jennifer, were living in Chicago. Two years later, after taking winemaking courses through University of California-Davis, WSU and South Seattle College, the Armstrongs were in Woodinville and ready to launch Armstrong Family Winery.

Great Northwest Wine: Raise a toast to Hispanic Heritage Month

During the course of four weeks, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the United States will toast Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration and sign of respect that began with President Lyndon B. Johnson as a week but was expanded two decades later by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

Great Northwest Wine: Williamson Vineyards proves potential of albariño in Idaho

The Williamson family has been looking for a distinctively crisp white wine to pour in their tasting room on Idaho’s historic Sunnyslope in the Snake River Valley. Judges at the 2020 Idaho Wine Competition affirm the Williamsons made a delicious decision when they planted the brilliant Spanish white grape albariño.

Great Northwest Wine: Merlot continues to merit acclaim in Washington

Many of the Northwest’s most storied producers used merlot to help establish their reputation regionally and internationally. And in many cases, the wines produced featuring this red Bordeaux grape variety are crafted for the cellar and meant to be cherished over time.

Great Northwest Wine: Bright and juicy malbec grows its audience

A grape known as côt in the Cahors region of France and made famous by Argentina continues to build support in the Northwest under the name of malbec. This red Bordeaux variety has become a rising star in many corners of our region – the Columbia Valley, Idaho’s Snake River Valley and Southern Oregon.