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Great Northwest Wine: The secret sauce behind some top red blends

In the last decade, proprietary red blends have grown to play a significant role in the Pacific Northwest wine industry. There are a dizzying number of these types of wine …


Great Northwest Wine: A belated birthday wish to noble grape riesling

Last week marked the first anniversary of the official worldwide observance of March 13 as the birthday for riesling, the noble grape of Germany that’s such an important chapter in …


Great Northwest Wine: Coronavirus outbreak prompts cancellation of Taste Washington wine festival

Taste Washington is billed as the largest single-region wine and food event in the country and ranks among USA Today’s 10 Best Wine Festivals. Last year, the event recruited 240 …


UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

Great Northwest Wine: Petit verdot is standing out as a standalone variety

This spring when the Washington State Wine Commission releases its 2019 Grape Production Report, we will see if petit verdot holds onto its No. 1 ranking as the variety with …


Great Northwest Wine: World-class juice flows from Golden Mile Bench and Similkameen Valley

For those wine lovers who have survived the experience at your local DMV and received Washington state’s hard-earned enhanced driver’s license, you now can leave behind the passport and still …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Great Northwest Wine: A case to be made for sweet wines during any course

As much as some hate to admit it, Americans like sweet wines. It helps explain why some of the most popular red table wines sold in the U.S. carry a …


Many regional reasons to say ‘Yay!’ to chardonnay

Merely by typing the word chardonnay too many wine consumers will turn the page or close the window, but chardonnay remains America’s most purchased bottle of wine.


Great Northwest Wine: Rise of rosé comes in many shades in the Pacific Northwest

The rise of rosé ranks as one of the most delectable trends embraced by the Pacific Northwest wine industry, and it is one that deserves to become a mainstay rather …


Great Northwest Wine: Stephen Reustle continues to rock in Oregon and beyond

Pound-for-pound, accountant-turned-winemaker Stephen Reustle must rank among the Pacific Northwest’s most talented vintners as international wine competitions continue to reward the Southern Oregon winegrower.


Great Northwest Wine: Maryhill Winery sets record with 15 medals at Platinum Judging

Craig and Vicki Leuthold will look back upon 2019 as an especially exciting time for their Maryhill Winery, a yearlong 20th anniversary celebration sparked by the opening of tasting rooms …


Great Northwest Wine: Platinum Judging helps ID year’s best gold medal winners

In a deliciously thoughtful exercise that spanned a record 749 entries and three days, Wine Press Northwest magazine staged its 20th Platinum Judging in October.


Great Northwest Wine: Spanish white albariño thrives in the Pacific Northwest

In the early days of the Washington wine industry, wine experts in California believed that the Evergreen State was too far north to make serious red wines. Indeed, the state’s …


Great Northwest Wine: Seven regional offerings make Wine Spectator’s Top 100 for 2019

The holiday season is when magazines, newspapers and critics publish their lists of top wines released throughout the year. These rankings generate buzz and, according to wineries and retailers, significant …


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 …


Great Northwest Wine: A red-and-white wine shopping list for Christmastime fare

With Christmas approaching, it’s time to think about the wines to enjoy with the feast. There are at least two approaches to the meal depending on what it looks like. …


Great Northwest Wine: Regional winemakers continue to embrace Italian red varieties

Among the fascinating themes to emerge from this fall’s Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition was the delicious interest in red Italian varieties among some of our region’s top winemakers.


Great Northwest Wine: A regional shopping list for Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving can be a tricky meal for wine pairing. There are so many flavors on your plate, but one wine cannot work with everything. To solve this, the best strategy …


Great Northwest Wine: Alexandria Nicole Cellars wows judges at Great Northwest Invite

Perhaps no wine judging in the Pacific Northwest requires as much of its judges as the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, but many of the region’s most influential wine buyers …


Great Northwest Wine: Syrah is firmly established throughout the Pacific Northwest

When Mike Sauer planted Washington’s first syrah vines in 1986, he likely had no idea that Red Willow Vineyard was launching a revolution that would alter the landscape for winemakers …


Great Northwest Wine: Chardonnay evolves deliciously throughout Pacific Northwest

While some wine consumers will ask for “anything but chardonnay,” recent marketing data from the Nielsen Co. proves that chardonnay remains America’s favorite wine. In California alone, more than 93,000 …


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 …


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