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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 …


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 …


Great Northwest Wine: Malbec, a global red, finds a home in the Northwest

Malbec is a bold and juicy red grape with origins in Bordeaux, the celebrated region in France where the variety is known as Cot and often far from the spotlight. …


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 …


Great Northwest Wine: Greg Koenig shines at this year’s Idaho Wine Competition

For years, Greg Koenig has been viewed as perhaps Idaho’s most gifted winemaker. He solidified that opinion by crafting the best in show at last month’s Idaho Wine Competition, taking …


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 …


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 …


Great Northwest Wine: Rhône Valley grapes thrive in Washington vineyards

One of the biggest revelations to emerge from the Pacific Northwest in the past decade is just how well it grows grape varieties native to the Rhône Valley, a region …


Great Northwest Wine: Maryhill Winery increases production, tasting rooms, number of gold medals

Critics across the country continue to recognize


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Great Northwest Wine: How to find great, affordable wines

Most wine lovers seek great wines at affordable prices. Fortunately, the Pacific Northwest is loaded with delicious examples.


Great Northwest Wine: Chardonnay is an important player in Washington

Appreciation for Washington chardonnay is on the rise. The Washington State Wine Commission lists the plantings of chardonnay at 7,403 acres. That amounts to about 13% of the state’s 58,000 …


Great Northwest Wine: Merlot still plays a big role in Washington

As recently as a decade ago, merlot still ruled in Washington vineyards. In 2009, merlot was the state’s No. 1 grape at 26,700 tons harvested that fall. In fact, merlot …


Northwest Wine: Ancient Lakes is home to distinctive wines

While much of Washington has a reputation for red wine grapes, the Ancient Lakes is best known for having a cooler climate and ideally suited for white varieties such as …


Northwest Wine: Prosser winery wins top honors at annual Cascadia Wine Competition

Here are reviews of the top five wines from the largest international judging of Northwest wines staged in the Pacific Northwest.


Northwest Wine: Riesling perfectly versatile for your holiday table

As we march toward Thanksgiving, it’s time to start gathering wines for the big feast. One bottle you should consider making room for is riesling. The reasons are many. Germany’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 11:33 a.m.

Northwest Wine: Idaho’s growing wine industry is worthy of your attention

Idaho’s roots in the Northwest wine industry run deep.


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

Northwest Wine: Pinot gris a refreshing Northwest white wine

As we get into the warmer summer months, pinot gris is a good wine to have on hand, keep a couple of bottles chilling in your fridge to enjoy with …


Northwest Wine: British Columbia wine tops Cascadia Wine Competition

Last week, the Wild Goose Vineyards 2017 Pinot Gris took top honors at the sixth annual Cascadia Wine Competition, an international judging in Washington’s Columbia Valley.


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. …


Northwest Wine: Bargain reds drink smoothly after Tax Day or any day

That pain of Tax Day may have a few of us looking to shave expenses and downsize luxury purchases for a while. Fortunately, the Pacific Northwest remains a great region …


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 …


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 …


Northwest Wine: Woodward Canyon remains among West Coast’s best

The string of success has continued in 2016 for Woodward Canyon Winery and founding winemaker Rick Small. Now, there’s a succession plan firmly in place, too.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …