• Oregon retains focus on Pinot Noir

    A singular varietal focus gives Oregon a tremendous advantage in an ever-more crowded wine market. When any wine lover around the globe says “Oregon wine,” “Pinot Noir” almost always comes to mind immediately. This is thanks to...

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  • Harvesting grapes on the Wahluke Slope.
    Wahluke Slope plays key role for Washington wineries

    The Wahluke Slope is in a remote and arid section of Washington wine country, an 80,000-acre region that was federally designated as an American Viticultural Area in 2006. It’s essentially a 13-mile wide gravel bar formed 15,000...

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  • Washington’s state of Riesling

    Washington has long had a reputation for crafting world-class Riesling, with the first plantings as early as 1880, pre-dating statehood by at least a decade. Today, Riesling remains a force in Washington, being the No. 4 grape,...

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  • Washington Malbec growth continues

    Malbec not only is a fast-rising star in Washington wine country, but it also is becoming a global phenomenon. The French red variety is not only a big player in Argentina, but also in South Africa, Australia...

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  • White wine grapes showed well in the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition.
    Idaho Wine Industry’s stock continues to rise

    The fist grapes were planted 153 years ago. But today, the Gem state’s wine industry is coming into its own. More than 50 wines dot the state from the top of the panhandle to the Nevada border....

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  • Charles Smith is one of the largest wine producers in Washington state.
    8 Northwest wines make Wine Spectator’s Top 100

    Eight percent of the best wines in the world – according to Wine Spectator magazine – came from the Pacific Northwest in 2017. The magazine unveiled its annual Top 100 list Monday morning, and eight Northwest wines...

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  • Pinot Gris rules Oregon’s white wine landscape

    For the past 15 years, Pinot Gris has been Oregon’s go-to white wine grape. With more than 15,000 tons harvested in 2015, Pinot Gris is even more dominant. Pinot Gris, which experts believe is a mutation of...

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  • Chardonnay plays an important role in Washington

    Chardonnay has been at or near the top of the heap in Washington wine country for the better part of 30 years. But how did it get to that position? The ubiquitous white wine grape’s origins in...

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  • Ancient Lakes important for Washington white wines

    Since 2012, the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley has been a federally designated American Viticultural Area – the 13th in Washington. Entirely within the vast, arid Columbia Valley, the Ancient Lakes is around the Columbia Basin towns...

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  • Red Rhone blends a delicious Northwest trend

    Among the most exciting developments in the Pacific Northwest wine country in recent years is the emergence of red Rhône blends, commonly called GSMs because of the three primary grapes in the blend: Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre. Dozens of examples of...

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