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News, reviews and info about the wines of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.

News, reviews and info about the wines of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.
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News, reviews and info about the wines of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.

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Katherine Cole focuses new book on rosé – a Northwest favorite

5/24/2017
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PORTLAND, Ore. – One of the hottest trends in the world of wine – around the globe and throughout the Pacific Northwest – is rosé. And a new book by one of the West Coast’s most celebrated wine writers explores the world of pink wine. We recently got on the phone with Katherine Cole […] The post Katherine Cole focuses new book on rosé – a Northwest favorite appeared first on Great Northwest Wine.

Duration: 00:18:40


Sheri Morano grows from grape juice into Master of Wine

11/10/2016
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WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Sheri Morano’s aura of approachability and lack of pretentiousness belie the fact that she carries the most prestigious title in her industry – Master of Wine. “My mother likes to joke that I was weaned on grape juice,” Morano says. “I’m actually not kidding. That is a true family story.” Morano, […] The post Sheri Morano grows from grape juice into Master of Wine appeared first on Great Northwest Wine.

Duration: 00:05:24


Stephen Reustle, king of U.S. Grüner and star Northwest winemaker

11/4/2016
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ROSEBURG, Ore. – If Stephen Reustle hadn’t gone out for a jog one day, all of us would have been denied the opportunity to taste some of the best wines ever produced in the Pacific Northwest. Reustle, owner and winemaker for Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley, was looking to make wine […] The post Stephen Reustle, king of U.S. Grüner and star Northwest winemaker appeared first on Great Northwest Wine.

Duration: 00:20:27


Mega Purple – an insidious additive that can ruin a wine

10/27/2016
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The next time you pick up a glass of inexpensive red wine, you might look at its color. Is it a little too dark? When you swirl it, does some purple legs remain on the glass? It could be the natural color of the wine. Or it could be something a little more artificial. A […] The post Mega Purple – an insidious additive that can ruin a wine appeared first on Great Northwest Wine.

Duration: 00:16:37


Walla Walla’s Doubleback making its own identity

10/20/2016
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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 running Doubleback. Now the lineup has changed, and Doubleback is charging forward in new directions. The man behind […] The post Walla Walla’s Doubleback making its own identity appeared first on Great Northwest Wine.

Duration: 00:12:35


Scoria Vineyards ready to rock Idaho wine industry

10/14/2016
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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 and Winery project. She’s partnered with two of Idaho’s top winemakers in Greg Koenig and Earl Sullivan. Her […] The post Scoria Vineyards ready to rock Idaho wine industry appeared first on Great Northwest Wine.

Duration: 00:17:11


Idaho’s Bitner pays tribute to old vines with new label

9/30/2016
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CALDWELL, Idaho – Ron Bitner has spent half his life talking to his first block of Chardonnay vines. Today, he’s honoring those first vines – some of the oldest in Idaho’s Snake River Valley – with a new label that features a drawing of one of his oldest vines. “I’m 70 years old, and I’ve […] The post Idaho’s Bitner pays tribute to old vines with new label appeared first on Great Northwest Wine.

Duration: 00:15:45


Leonetti pays tribute to Italian roots with new wines

9/22/2016
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MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. – Chris Figgins knows he has a good thing going. He wants to put his own mark on his family’s famous winery while also paying tribute to his Italian heritage. Figgins, president and director of winemaking for Figgins Family Estate – including famous Leonetti Cellar – is exploring the world of heritage Italian […] The post Leonetti pays tribute to Italian roots with new wines appeared first on Great Northwest Wine.

Duration: 00:03:20


Joe Ginet transforms Plaisance Ranch into award-winning Oregon winery

9/15/2016
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WILLIAMS, Ore. – After milking cows twice a day for 30 years, Southern Oregon dairyman Joe Ginet decided growing grapes and making wine seemed more appealing than ever. Besides, it was in his blood. And his family tree brought him an obscure red grape variety from the Rhône Valley to work with – Mondeusé. “In […] The post Joe Ginet transforms Plaisance Ranch into award-winning Oregon winery appeared first on Great Northwest Wine.

Duration: 00:04:19


Mercer Estates becoming Washington’s Malbec leader

9/8/2016
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PROSSER, Wash. - With the rise of Cabernet Sauvignon and the incredible interest in red Rhône varieties in Washington, it might be easy to forget about a grape that rates hardly any interest in its native Bordeaux. But Jessica Munnell is not about to let that happen to Malbec. The head winemaker for Mercer Estates in Prosser is putting more and more focus on the variety because it is showing its full potential in Washington. "I think it's a very approachable wine that consumers can drink...

Duration: 00:04:08


How an interned American helped Washington’s wine industry

9/1/2016
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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. - One of the darker sides of U.S. history was the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II. One of those locked away ended up having a role in the development of the Washington wine industry. We recently caught up with Mike Lempriere, owner and winemaker for tiny Perennial Vintners on this island that is a 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. Lempriere is a historian of sorts who often tells the story of Akio Suyematsu, a...

Duration: 00:05:25


Robin Pollard: from Washington wine boss to grape grower

8/25/2016
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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 pretty cool to be able to walk the talk," she told Great Northwest Wine. Pollard spent six years running Washington's wine industry as executive director of the Washington State Wine Commission. That came on the heels of being the Washington tourism director. During her...

Duration: 00:03:14


Second generation leads Oregon’s Elk Cove Vineyards

8/18/2016
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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 became friends with folks like David Lett, Dick Ponzi, Dick Erath and David Adelsheim. "They'd get together and drink wines from around the world, get inspired, passionately debate and talk about how to make this thing happen in Oregon," Campbell recalled. "My brothers and sisters and I...

Duration: 00:03:54


Oregon pioneer Adelsheim Vineyard refocuses on Chehalem Mountains

8/11/2016
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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 the potential was for Pinot Noir in this location. And ultimately, he began bringing in grapes from many areas of the valley. It's been nearly 45 years since he began planting Pinot Noir here, and when most people might opt to slow down and enjoy the success they've had,...

Duration: 00:04:40


DANCIN Vineyards displays Pinot Noir, Chardonnay in Southern Oregon

8/4/2016
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MEDFORD, Ore. - Opposites often attract, which explains how Dan and Cinda Marca of DANCIN Vineyards have combined to create a remarkable wine and food culture at their winery near historic Jacksonville, Ore. “We are polar opposites - about as polar opposites as you can be,” Dan said with a smile. “I’m the Type A from the East Coast, and she’s the Type Z from Southern California. I take care of the wine, and she takes care of the culinary. It’s a wonderful partnership, and I’m absolutely...

Duration: 00:04:03


Nicolas Quillé helps lead Washington’s Riesling revolution

7/28/2016
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SEATTLE - For Nicolas Quillé, coming from France's third-largest city to one of the Pacific Northwest's largest Riesling producers has been quite a journey. And it's far from over. Quillé, born and raised in Lyon, is the head winemaker and general manager for Pacific Rim Winemakers in the heart of Washington wine country. While he hasn't always focused on Riesling, his love for the world's greatest white wine runs deep. He has twice worked in the California wine industry, and now he's...

Duration: 00:04:51


Mike Januik enjoys success, accolades from long winemaking career

7/21/2016
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WOODINVILLE, Wash. - During his lengthy tenure in the Washington wine industry - a career that stretches back to 1984 - Mike Januik has always been a head winemaker. This is a remarkable achievement because most people must work their way up through the ranks. But straight out of the University of California-Davis, Januik landed a head winemaking job in the Yakima Valley and from there continued his rise through the industry. Today, Januik owns his own winery - Januik Winery in...

Duration: 00:04:36


Seven Hills Winery steeped in Walla Walla Valley history

7/14/2016
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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - A lot has changed for Casey and Vicky McClellan in the past 34 years. They helped plant one of the Walla Walla Valley's original vineyards. They helped launched one of the valley's oldest wineries, moved it to Oregon, then moved it back to Washington. And they continue to enjoy tremendous success and acclaim. Now they've sold Seven Hills Winery to a high-quality California company and remain focused on crafting great wines. We recently caught up with Casey...

Duration: 00:03:21


Lindsay Creek Vineyards adds to growth of Lewis-Clark Valley wine

7/7/2016
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LEWISTON, Idaho - It might catch visitors by surprise when they drive up to Lindsay Creek Vineyards and find it in the middle of wheat fields on the outskirts of Lewiston, Idaho. Art McIntosh grew up surrounded by wheat, but he can understand the puzzled looks of those expecting to taste award-winning wine. “My brother Doug and I are fourth-generation wheat farmers in the Lewiston area, growing wheat, peas and barley our whole life, so this was an extension of it,” Art said. “We both...

Duration: 00:03:52


Bookwalter transforms from mom-pop operation to success story

6/30/2016
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RICHLAND, Wash. - When John Bookwalter returned 19 years ago to take over his family's winery in the heart of Washington wine country, he had a vision. "I wanted to be the Silver Oak of Washington," he says now with a laugh. "I wanted to make Cabernet in volume." The owner of Bookwalter Winery in Richland and Woodinville never fulfilled that goal. In fact, a lot of his ideas have turned out differently. And they've all turned out well. The second-generation winemaker has taken a...

Duration: 00:04:13

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