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A crew mechanically harvests grapes on the western edge of the Wahluke Slope, one of the most important regions for the Washington wine industry. (Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

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… Continue reading


The Malbec block at Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley was one of the first blocks planted in Pacific Northwest. (Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Washington Malbec growth continues

The global phenomenon swirling around Malbec continues to pick up in Washington wine country, too. The red Bordeaux grape is not only a big player… Continue reading


Affordable Thanksgiving wines | Northwest Wine

We’re just weeks from Thanksgiving, and wine lovers are starting to think about what wines will be in their holiday lineup. The tricky part of… Continue reading


Pinot Gris rules whites in Oregon | Northwest Wine

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… Continue reading

Red Mountain continues to rise in prominence

Red Mountain continues to rise in prominence BENTON CITY, Washington — Red Mountain, a little hill on the eastern edge of the Yakima Valley has… Continue reading

Walla Walla Valley continues to build its reputation with reds

During the past four decades, the Walla Walla Valley has earned its reputation as a top producer of red wines. It’s a curious development because… Continue reading

Merlot remains straight up delicious | Northwest Wine

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… Continue reading

Warm, remote Wahluke Slope attracts more attention

MATTAWA, Washington - The Wahluke Slope is a dusty, often forgotten corner of Washington wine country. In reality, it is the backbone of the Washington… Continue reading

Washington Riesling not just a Ste. Michelle thing

When most folks hear “Riesling” and “Washington” in the same sentence, they might automatically insert “Chateau Ste. Michelle.” And there would be nothing wrong with… Continue reading

Malbec shines under Columbia Valley’s sunshine

Malbec has become a key variety in Washington wine country the past decade or so, producing some of the most remarkable and stylish reds in… Continue reading

Viognier continues to seduce winemakers

Northwest Wine: Viognier continues to seduce Washington winemakers

Northwest Wine: Grenache shines at Walla Walla Wine Competition

WALLA WALLA — Victor Palencia, a wunderkind of the Washington wine industry, paced the fifth annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition with five gold medals,… Continue reading

Bargain whites offer refreshment on warmer days | Northwest Wines

With the arrival of sunny skies across the Pacific Northwest, it’s that time of year when we want to always have a couple of white… Continue reading

Cascadia Wine Competition helps identify region’s best

That miserable winter has transitioned into a slow start to spring in the Pacific Northwest, but the wines in our region have never been better,… Continue reading

Syrah is playing a key role in Northwest red blends | Northwest Wines

After Australia flooded the U.S. market with inexpensive and uninteresting Shiraz, Syrah has been a tough sell with consumers. Yet acreage and tonnage of Syrah… Continue reading

Northwest Wine: Yakima Valley remains the cradle of Washington wine | Northwest Wines

The Yakima Valley is the heart of the Washington wine industry. It is dripping with history, leading us to dub it the cradle of the… Continue reading

Fascination grows for Walla Walla wines | Northwest Wines

In the past decade, the Walla Walla Valley has developed into a winemaking and wine-touring destination, thanks to the large number of wineries starting up… Continue reading

Riesling remains an overlooked gem in Oregon

One of the most underrated wine categories in the Northwest wine country is that of Oregon Riesling. Because of the dominance of Pinot Noir in… Continue reading

Delicious whites from 17th Platinum Judging | Northwest Wines

Last week, we reviewed some of the top red wines from the 17th annual Platinum Judging, conducted by Wine Press Northwest magazine. This week, we… Continue reading

Wit Cellars in Prosser showcases camaraderie, talent

PROSSER — Wit Cellars in Prosser went from zero to 1,300 cases in less than 12 months, but the wines by Flint Nelson, Carolina “Cat”… Continue reading