• Viognier gaining foothold in Pacific Northwest

    Viognier, the noble white grape of the northern Rhône Valley of France, has started to gain a strong foothold in the Pacific Northwest, rolling in on the wave of interest in Rhône varieties in our region. It’s...

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  • Barnard Griffin wins rosé sweepstakes again at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

    CLOVERDALE, Calif. — One of the hottest wines on the U.S. market these days is rosé, and wine judges from the across the country continue to help make the case that Rob Griffin in Richland, Wash., makes...

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  • San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition set to go international

    CLOVERDALE, Calif. — As the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition began its final full day, competition director Bob Fraser heard cheers from judges when he announced that next year they also will be tasting wines from...

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  • Browne Family Vineyards adds downtown Seattle tasting room

    SEATTLE — Browne Family Vineyards will join the list of Northwest wineries who have found that it’s hip to be in Pioneer Square, Seattle’s historic downtown district. The prized Walla Walla-based brand of Precept Wine CEO Andrew...

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  • Abacela owner Earl Jones brought Northwest Tempranillo to Oregon.
    Tempranillo gaining in popularity across Northwest

    Tempranillo, the bold red classic grape of Spain’s Rioja region, is quickly becoming a favorite grape and wine across the Pacific Northwest. Tempranillo landed in the Northwest, thanks in no small part to the vision of Earl...

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  • Dry December leaves longterm concern for Northwest snowpack

    Vines for wine grapes don’t require as much water as most crops, but the level of precipitation in the Pacific Northwest for the first part of winter 2018 has acclaimed climate expert Greg Jones concerned for irrigators....

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  • Ripening grapes on Red Mountain
    Washington, a red wine state, continues to focus on blends

    Washington is often thought of as a white wine state, probably because we’re famous for our Rieslings and Chardonnays. But, in fact, Washington has been a red wine state for a long time. The last time Washington...

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon king of Washington wine country

    The king of Washington wine is, unabashedly, Cabernet Sauvignon. The state’s most famous wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, and now it’s the state’s most-planted variety and annually the biggest crop. Last year along, winemakers brought in more than 70,000 tons...

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  • The North Central Washington Wine Awards in Wenatchee is put on by Foothills Magazine.
    Cabernet Franc rising in the Northwest

    Of the six classic red Bordeaux grape varieties, interest in Cabernet Franc seems to be rising in the Pacific Northwest. More is being planted, being used in blends, and more being bottled as a stand-alone wine. In...

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  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cab ranks No. 2 on Wine.com list

    It’s no surprise to see a Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay leading Wine.com’s top 100 list of wines purchased in 2017, but at No. 2 stands the Columbia Crest 2014 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington state. Five years earlier,...

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