Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue

Malbec a glowing example of red 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 Washington state’s winemakers

Viognier ranks among the most maddening and confounding grapes. It is difficult to grow, and it is equally difficult to make into a balanced and… Continue reading

Grenache shines at Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition

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

P.F. Chang’s restaurant to feature Washington wines nationwide

One of Washington’s largest wine producers has teamed up with a nationwide chain of restaurants to produce a set of wines to pair with its… Continue reading

Signature wine: Cabernet sauvignon is king in Washington state

King Cab is all the rage, and the noble grape of France’s Bordeaux region has found the Pacific Northwest to be a hospitable environment. In… Continue reading

Cabernet franc emerges from big brother cabernet sauvignon’s shadow

Cabernet franc is often thought of as sort of a little brother to king cabernet sauvignon. Where one is planted, you’ll typically find the other.… Continue reading

Northwest bargain whites offer refreshment on warmer days

By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue, Great Northwest Wine With the arrival of sunny skies across the Pacific Northwest, it’s that time of year when… Continue reading

Bargain reds drink smoothly for wine lovers on a budget

Last month, many wine lovers on the West Coast needed to drop a check in an envelope addressed to a six-digit Post Office box in… Continue reading

Northwest rose perfect for sipping on the patio this spring

After our long, cold, wet winter, it is nice to see sunshine, higher temperatures and flowers showing up. And this puts us in the mood… Continue reading

Northwest Wine: Things from the sea go with pinot gris

An old axiom about food pairings with pinot gris goes like this: “Pinot gris and things from the sea.”  And that’s why the crisp, refreshing… Continue reading

Washington’s No. 3 wine continues to grow in popularity

Syrah in Washington’s Columbia Valley and Idaho’s Snake River Valley continues to defy conventional wisdom. Across America, syrah is a tough sale, thanks primarily to… 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 never have been better,… Continue reading

Pinot noir grape dominates Oregon vineyards

Oregon’s modern-day wine industry truly began to bear fruit a decade after the first pinot noir was planted in southern Oregon in 1961, expanding into… Continue reading

Chardonnay was No. 2 wine in Washington in 2016

More than any white in Washington, chardonnay is on the rise. During last fall’s harvest, winemakers brought in 45,000 tons, second only to cabernet sauvignon.… Continue reading

Ancient Lakes fascinates as young Washington wine region

Some of Washington’s oldest vines are in the state’s newest American Viticultural Area. Vineyards planted in the 1970s are in the Ancient Lakes of Columbia… Continue reading

Syrah plays key role in Northwest red blends

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

Yakima Valley remains the cradle of Washington wine

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

Eight wines that rated ‘outstanding’ in recent tastings

We taste many Northwest wines, and we find ourselves enjoying more of them than ever before. Thanks to a string of warm vintages, investments in… Continue reading

Merlot remains force in Northwest wine industry

In the 1980s, Washington was white wine country. Red wine was considered somewhat exotic. Then came merlot. The Bordeaux variety known for its soft flavors… Continue reading

Northwest Wine: Red Mountain turns more red and green

and more green. The bench at the eastern end of the Yakima Valley is one… Continue reading