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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.

A Taste of Wine: Spokane’s urban wine environment is thriving

The crush is on and this year’s vintages are being made for our future enjoyment. When a lot of us think about winemaking, images of vast vineyards and French estates come to mind, but we have something unique in Spokane: A thriving urban wine environment with award-winning wines being produced in our city’s center.

Washington, local winemakers hopeful grape crops remain undamaged by wildfire smoke

After wildfires ravaged the West Coast earlier this year, the resulting smoke taint on grapes prompted some winemakers in California to abandon plans to make a 2020 vintage. Now with harvest underway in Washington – the nation’s second-largest wine producer – it’s a wait-and-see situation for vintners who are sending grape samples to labs for analysis and hoping potential smoke exposure will have minimal impact on this year’s vintage

Three killed in Northern California wildfire; thousands flee

Northern California's wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, destroying homes and prompting overnight evacuation orders for more than 50,000 people. Meanwhile, three people died in a separate fire further north in the state.

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.

Keep summer vibes going a little longer with this $15 crisp Spanish rosé

Here's a chance to taste history in an unusual red wine from southwestern Spain, as well as the future in a pinot noir from a cutting-edge, high-altitude winery in Patagonia. We round out our late summer wine list with a rosé, a hearty white Rioja from Spain and a juicy red from Northern Italy.

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.