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    History runs deep in soils of Yakima Valley wine country

    Washington’s Yakima Valley not only is the Pacific Northwest’s oldest wine region, but it’s also among its most diverse. Grape growing and winemaking has been going on here since before Prohibition, and Washington’s oldest vines still used...

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    Smasne Cellars 2012 Three Vineyard Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley, $44

    Among the vineyards Robert Smasne pulls from for his acclaimed work with Malbec are Phinny Hill (Horse Heaven Hills), Upland (Snipes Mountain) and Verhey (Yakima Valley), and this lot – the equivalent of two barrels – ranks...

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    Robin Pollard: from Washington wine boss to grape grower

    ZILLAH, Wash. – She spent more than 15 years promoting Washington tourism and wine. Now, Robin Pollard has gone back to her farming roots by planting a vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills and starting a winery. “It’s...

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    Rob Griffin of Barnard Griffin starts 40th Washington harvest

    RICHLAND, Wash. – As 28 tons of old-vine Sauvignon Blanc arrived at the crush pad at Barnard Griffin, owner/winemaker Rob Griffin kicked off his 40th harvest in Washington. Griffin, the longest-tenured winemaker in Washington, was less nostalgic about...

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    Basalt Cellars 2013 GSM, Columbia Valley, $36

    Pharmacist/winemaker Rick Wasem in Clarkston, Wash., shows his knowledge of chemistry with this blend of Grenache (36%) and Mourvèdre (32%) from Gilbert Cellars’ 24K Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope with Syrah not far downstream off Sagemoor’s historic...

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    Second generation leads Oregon’s Elk Cove Vineyards

    GASTON, Ore. – As a kid, Adam Campbell thought his parents’ friends were kind of crazy. Campbell’s parents, Joe and Pat, moved from the Hood River area to Gaston in 1974 to plant wine grapes and quickly...

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    Washington’s 2016 wine grape harvest kicks off

    Washington’s wine grape harvest kicked off this weekend, with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris being sent to their respective wineries. The earliest harvest report Great Northwest Wine received was from Auclair Winery in Woodinville, which brought...

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    Great Northwest Wine adds harvest intern

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Each fall, wineries across the Pacific Northwest get harvest interns. We decided it was only fair that we get one, too. For the next few months, you will see stories by Abra Bennett,...

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    Ste. Michelle steps up for Institute of Masters of Wine

    LONDON – For several years, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has been a global player. Now the Northwest’s largest wine producer has become a major supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine. “It is a real pleasure...

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    Oregon pioneer Adelsheim Vineyard refocuses on Chehalem Mountains

    NEWBERG, Ore. – When David Adelsheim moved to what would become Oregon wine country, he landed here in the Chehalem Mountains in the northern Willamette Valley. At the time, he didn’t necessarily have a sense for what...

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