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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 …


Despair in Burgundy and beyond, as U.S. tariffs hit EU goods

French vintners are begging for government aid. Italian farmers are scrambling for new export markets. And American shoppers are about to face supermarket sticker shock on European products.


Happy Hour of the Week: Terra Blanca

Details + don’t miss: During Happy Hour, it’s $5 for select glass pours. During a recent Happy Hour, the selections were 2016 Arch Terrace Sauvignon Blanc and Cab Franc.


Urban bounty: North Spokane couple plants produce aplenty, makes their own wine

A north Spokane couple has turned their entire back yard into a garden oasis that attracts birds, bees and squirrels in addition to providing a bounty of produce and berries …


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: 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 …


Happy Hour of the Week: Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar Spokane Valley

Details + don’t miss: Small plates are $6-$8 and great for sharing. Draft beers and glasses of wine are $1 off; signature martinis are $2 off; and house wine is …


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: Dry rieslings can make astonishing wines

A decade ago, many Northwest rieslings would be on the sweet side. Thankfully, that is changing, blissfully so because more than any other wine, riesling can show astonishing range depending …


Northwest Wine: Riesling is the perfect Pacific Northwest wine

Riesling, the noble grape of Germany, might be the quintessential Pacific Northwest wine. It is crafted in a broad range of styles, from bone dry to sweet nectar, and the …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Northwest Wine: Washington’s wine roots are firmly planted in Yakima Valley

Yakima Valley today remains an important region with nearly 20,000 acres of wine grape vineyards and more than 60 wineries. While it nests in the expansive Columbia Valley AVA, there …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 3:23 p.m.

A culinary celebration: Crave Food and Drink reveals lineup of VIP events, chefs and restaurateurs

The 2019 Crave Food and Drink Celebration, from July 11-13 at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley, has announced its lineup of participating chefs and restaurants and four ticketed, …


Weekend getaway: Festival to feature 60+ Washington wines, live music

Auction of Washington Wines’ 2019 Honorary Grower Scott Williams of Kiona Vineyards is hosting a Vineyard Dinner in Benton City on Friday. Guests will enjoy Kiona’s award-winning wines paired with …


Northwest Wine: Double gold indicates extra-special bottle

A double gold medal indicates that a wine earned a gold medal by unanimous vote, meaning every judge on a panel awarded it a gold medal. At a wine competition, …


Northwest Wine: Taste of Cascadia returns to Lodge at Columbia Point on Sunday

At 1 p.m. Sunday, Kat Dykes, wine concierge at the Lodge at Columbia Point, will present more than a dozen top wines for ticket holders to judge for themselves at …


Ruins offers izakaya menu; cheese, please, at Wanderlust Delicato; M&M’s voting ends Friday

Think of izakaya as Japanese small plates of comfort food similar to Chinese dim sum, Spanish tapas and American appetizers. Ruins said via Facebook that its izakaya menu will be …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

Winery presses ahead: Bridge Press Cellars celebrates renovations, new ballroom event space

Starting this month, the 25,000-square-foot Bridge Press Cellars in downtown Spokane officially opens a second-level ballroom event space to complement its tasting and dining room, bar and music space and …


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: Celebrate Malbec Day with some Washington gems

Malbec has become an important grape in Washington, where it thrives under the perpetually sunny skies of the Columbia Valley.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Refrigerator catches fire at South Hill’s Rocket Market

A refrigerator of wine at the Rocket Market on the South Hill caught fire Friday after the cooling unit overheated. The wine was undamaged.


Northwest Wine: Blind tasting offers delicious objectivity

The natural tendency is to be swayed by knowledge. If you are tasting one of the world’s most famous wines – say, a First Growth Bordeaux – there’s an inclination …