• Otis Harlan of Otis Vineyard in the Yakima Valley.
    Yakima Valley thrives as historical heart of Washington wine

    The Yakima Valley is where the Washington wine industry got its start, as we like to say, “the cradle of the industry.” There’s a ton of history in this valley, including: Walter Clore, “the father of Washington...

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  • A dozen great Northwest wines

    What makes a great Northwest wine? When we evaluate wines, we taste them under blind conditions, meaning we know neither the producer nor the price until the evaluation is complete. We think this is the fairest way...

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    Red Mountain wine continues rise in prominence

    Red Mountain, a little hill on the eastern edge of Washington’s Yakima Valley has fast become the premiere location for growing red wine grapes in Washington (sorry Walla Walla). At just 4,040 acres, it is Washington’s smallest...

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  • Cashmere winery Crayelle tops Wenatchee wine judging

    WENATCHEE – A small winery in Cashmere took home top honors at the seventh annual Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival competition. Crayelle Cellars, owned and operated by longtime Washington winemaker Craig Mitrakul, took home top honors for...

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  • Private Barrel Auction shows off unique Washington wines

    WOODINVILLE, Wash. – On Friday, the Auction of Washington Wines will play host to its annual Private Barrel Auction, in which members of the wine trade get a chance to taste barrel samples of wines exclusive to...

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  • Merlot, straight up delicious

    It’s been 13 years since the movie Sideways told filmgoers to not drink Merlot. It’s time to get over it. Merlot, especially in the Pacific Northwest, is delicious, one of the best and most prolific red wines we...

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  • Chardonnay popular on both sides of Columbia River

    Chardonnay is by far the most popular wine in America, and in the Pacific Northwest, it also has strong support. In Washington, it is the No. 1 white wine grape, keeping ahead of Riesling but lagging behind Cabernet...

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  • Growers expect Washington wine grape crop to be smaller

    After four straight years of record wine grape crops in Washington, growers expect the 2017 vintage to be down by as much as 10 percent. And early signs of veraison – when grapes start changing color –...

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  • Rare Leonetti Cab vertical goes on auction block

    KENNEWICK, Wash. – A complete vertical of Leonetti Cellar’s legendary Cabernet Sauvignon – including perhaps the single most important wine ever made in Washington – will go up for sale at the 30th annual Auction of Washington...

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  • Wahluke Slope a remote region popular with winemakers

    The Wahluke Slope is a dusty, often forgotten corner of Washington wine country. In reality, it is the backbone of the Washington wine industry, thanks to its consistently warm temperatures and ability to ripen grapes. Established as...

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