• Brent Charnley used funding from shareholders to build the winery at Lopez Island Vineyards. He released the first commercial vintage from his winery in 1990. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)
    Washington wine growers, irrigators grapple with climate change

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part report on the influence of climate change and how it might affect the Washington wine industry. LOPEZ ISLAND, Wash. – Brent and Maggie Charnley started their small vineyard...

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    Walla Walla’s Doubleback making its own identity

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. – For the first eight vintages of Doubleback, Chris Figgins has been the winemaker of record. It’s been a superstar team of the owner of legendary Leonetti Cellar and retired NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe...

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    Charles Smith reshapes Washington wine industry

    SEATTLE – When Charles Smith makes a move, the earth moves. On Monday, a big “crack” was heard throughout the Washington wine industry when it was announced that Smith had sold his eponymous wine brand to mega-giant...

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    Judges select favorites at Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

    HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Not every wine wins a gold medal at wine competitions. In fact, fewer than 20 percent do. And wine judges do not always agree on everything. We asked our judges at the fourth...

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    Commentary: Why the lack of women winemakers in Washington?

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Richard Olsen-Harbich of Bedell Cellars recently wrote an article published in the Huffington Post about the great strides that women have been making over the past decade within the wine industry. It is...

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    Cabernet Franc a gentler version of Cabernet Sauvignon

    Cabernet Franc often is viewed as a kinder, gentler version of Cabernet Sauvignon, kind of like its little brother. More correctly, it’s more of a father figure. DNA testing in 1997 showed that Cabernet Sauvignon is a...

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    King Estate completes conversion to biodynamic

    EUGENE, Ore. – King Estate, one of Oregon’s largest wine producers, now is the largest certified biodynamic vineyard in the United States. “Achieving Demeter certification holds us to the highest possible standard in sustainable agriculture, said founder...

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    Washington wineries brace for epic storm

    WESTPORT, Wash. – Kim Roberts remembers when she was building her winery a decade ago. She remembers the 100-mph sustained winds, the 96 trees that came down on her property. So this epic storm that is hitting...

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    Scoria Vineyards ready to rock Idaho wine industry

    CALDWELL, Idaho – It’s all come together in a short period of time, but young Idaho vintner Sydney Nederend will pull off fruit from the 2016 vintage for the first estate wines under her new Scoria Vineyards...

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    Top white wines from 2016 Great NW Invite

    HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Many white wines stood out for our judges at the fourth annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, which took place last week at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River. Amid the...

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