Roasting sweetens the flavor of the eggplant, zucchini and onion, creating a rich companion to the pasta. The dish needs just a little olive oil and Parmesan to bring it all together. Try it with wines that complement the vegetables, such as these three.
Date: 02/10/2016 | Life
One of the unsung white grapes of Washington is sauvignon blanc. This classic wine is a perfect pairing with our region’s seafood and is versatile with many dishes.
Date: 02/07/2016 | Northwest Wines
Don’t want beer today? No worries, here’s what type of wine plays nice with game-day food.Salty snacks: Inexpensive bubbly such as Italian prosecco, Spanish cava or American sparkling wine.Fiery buffalo chicken wings: Something lightly sweet, such as riesling.
Date: 02/07/2016 | Life
Proposal would affect small-scale brewers, distillers, vintners
Date: 02/05/2016 | Local News
It’s been more than a half-century since pinot noir was planted in the Willamette Valley and launched Oregon’s modern wine industry.
Date: 01/31/2016 | Northwest Wines
It's been 30 years since the first Syrah grapes were planted in Washington. Since then, the red grape has become a favorite in the country's second-largest wine-producing state.
Date: 01/24/2016 | Northwest Wines
Date: 01/22/2016 | Hops & Sips
CLOVERDALE, Calif. — On the American wine industry’s biggest stage, Pacific Northwest wines showed just how good they can be.
Date: 01/17/2016 | Northwest Wines
Date: 01/15/2016 | Entertainment
During 2015, we tasted a few thousand wines from around the world, though with a heavy focus on the Pacific Northwest.
Date: 01/10/2016 | Northwest Wines
EventsLake Chelan Alefest: The Lake Chelan 2016 Winterfest Alefest will host more than 20 craft breweries and cider producers Jan. 22 and 23. There will be more than 50 unique craft beers and ciders and live music. The alefest is 5 to 10...
Date: 01/08/2016 | Entertainment
In Wine Press Northwest's latest issue (which went to subscribers in time for Christmas), the longtime regional wine magazine released the results of its 16th annual Platinum Judging.The Platinum Judging is a year-end wine competition that includes only wines that earned...
Date: 01/03/2016 | Northwest Wines
It has been a busy year throughout Pacific Northwest wine country, with the top stories often dealing with the historically warm growing seasons in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.We look at 10 top stories we wrote about in 2015 in this annual roundup of...
Date: 01/03/2016 | Northwest Wines
It's still pretty easy to track down delicious white wines from the Northwest that cost $15 or less.Part of this is because white wine grapes cost less, but they also spend less time in the cellar before they head to store shelves. Here are 10 tasty and affordable white...
Date: 12/27/2015 | Northwest Wines
If your wallet is feeling a little light from holiday spending yet you still need to find a few bottles of wine for parties or a midweek meal, there are plenty of red wines to be found in the magical $15-and-under category.
Date: 12/20/2015 | Northwest Wines
On these short days and chilly nights, there’s nothing better than a cozy spot in front of the fireplace to read, wine in hand.
Date: 12/20/2015 | Life
Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl: Downtown Snohomish bars and businesses are hosting an Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Prizes will be awarded to the individuals and couples with the “ugliest” Christmas sweater. Participating businesses include: Skip Rock Distillers,...
Date: 12/18/2015 | Hops & Sips
Last month, the federal government gave the official nod for the newest American Viticultural Area in the Pacific Northwest: Eagle Foothills.
Date: 12/13/2015 | Northwest Wines
Perhaps just 15 years ago, red blends were just a small part of the Northwest wine scene. Today, it might just be the biggest category.
Date: 12/06/2015 | Northwest Wines
EventsWildwood Spirits opens: Wildwood Spirits Co. Distillery and Tasting Room will host its grand opening Dec. 4 at its location at 19116 Beardslee Boulevard, Suite 102, Bothell. Wildwood Spirits is run by head distiller Erik Liedholm and...
Date: 12/04/2015 | Hops & Sips
In the past decade, the northern King County community of Woodinville has gone from being home to a small collection of wineries (including the state’s oldest and largest) to developing into an international destination.
Date: 11/29/2015 | Northwest Wines
Pacific Northwest wines dominated the top of Wine Spectator magazine’s annual top 100 list, a compilation of the best wines in the world, according to the largest and most influential wine publication in the world.
Date: 11/28/2015 | Northwest Wines
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it’s not too early to think about what wines you might serve with this fall’s feast.
Date: 11/22/2015 | Northwest Wines
I cannot think of a better example than ice cream to illustrate how all wines have an optimal temperature.
Date: 11/22/2015 | Life
Skagit Wine and Beer Festival: Drink wines, beers and spirits from regions throughout Washington at the fourth annual Skagit Wine and Beer Festival Nov. 21 at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn & Convention Center. General admission is from 4 to 8 p.m., with VIP hour from...
Date: 11/20/2015 | Hops & Sips
Maybe the proudest day of my wine fan life was when I took a bottle of dry gewurztraminer to a pig roast and was stunned to receive a round of applause.
Date: 11/15/2015 | Hops & Sips
Like Sally Field, the red grape called merlot can stand up and say, “You like me. You really like me.”
Date: 11/08/2015 | Life
Don't forget Walla Walla's great shops, diners and historical sites
Date: 11/07/2015 | Life
WALLA WALLA — It’s been quite a year for the team at Walla Walla Vintners.Led by owners Gordy Venneri and Myles Anderson and winemaker William VonMetzger, this winery east of downtown Walla Walla has been capturing medals and acclaim at a fast clip in 2015.
Date: 11/04/2015 | Northwest Wines
Champagne and Nerds. Skittles and Sauvignon blanc. Reese’s Cups with Malbec.As nutty as it sounds, experts are pairing wine and Halloween candy.
Date: 11/01/2015 | Life
White and sparkling wines are perfect for any time of the year — and especially during the holidays.White wines tend to be less expensive than reds, and they often pair well with such dishes as seafood, chicken, pork and vegetable dishes.
Date: 11/01/2015 | Northwest Wines
At the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, 20 judges worked in groups of four to work through the 561 wines entered from throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Date: 10/25/2015 | Northwest Wines
The fifth annual Snohomish Brewfest is this weekend and it features some great Snohomish County breweries pouring some of their best beers.The brewfest will be held at the Snohomish Event Center, 1011 Second Street, Snohomish, and will have three sessions, starting at 6 p.m.
Date: 10/21/2015 | Hops & Sips
HOOD RIVER, Ore. — For the second consecutive year, a white wine from British Columbia entranced the judges at the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery's 2014 Old Vines Auxerrois won best of show at the third annual...
Date: 10/18/2015 | Northwest Wines
Washington Chardonnays continue to gain in popularity
Date: 10/11/2015 | Northwest Wines
Idaho is, by far, the smallest wine region in the Pacific Northwest — and it is poised to continue to grow.Thanks to a commitment to quality and explorations into what the best grape varieties could be, the Gem State wine industry is showing it’s ready for prime time.
Date: 10/04/2015 | Northwest Wines
Who doesn’t love barbecued ribs? When that craving hits, there’s nothing to do but give in to it.
Date: 10/04/2015 | Life
It took Karen MacNeil 10 years to write “The Wine Bible,” her best-selling book. Published in 2001, it has sold 750,000 copies, astonishing for a wine book. On Oct. 13, the second edition — five years in the research and writing — arrives on bookstore shelves.
Date: 10/04/2015 | Life
Here’s a look at the local winners from the Agriculture/Horticulture Department’s Beer and Wine Making contest at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup.
Date: 10/03/2015 | Hops & Sips
EventsInland Northwest Craft Beer Festival: Oct 2 and 3, Avista Stadium in Spokane. The festival features 30 craft breweries pouring more than 100 beers. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Admission includes a commemorative...
Date: 09/30/2015 | Hops & Sips
As summer fades into autumn, there’s no time like the present to load up on delicious white wines to enjoy as the holidays approach.
Date: 09/27/2015 | Northwest Wines
EventsOktoberfest release party: Snohomish brewery Sound to Summit Brewing will release Alpenglow, an Oktoberfest lager, at noon Sept. 26 at the brewery, 1830 Bickford Ave Suite 111, Snohomish. There will also be bratwurst and sausage...
Date: 09/25/2015 | Hops & Sips
The inaugural Carleton Farms Brew Fest will shine a light on a number of local breweries and distilleries this weekend, and one brewery from nearly 500 miles away.
Date: 09/23/2015 | Hops & Sips
The inaugural Carleton Farms Brew Fest is noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27 at Carelton Farms. the brew fest will feature a beer garden with beers from local breweries Whiskey Ridge Brewing, Lazy Boy Brewing, At Large Brewing and 5 Rights Brewing. Also Cabinet Mountain Brewing...
Date: 09/22/2015 | Hops & Sips
Our definition of a “best buy” is $15, for red or white. With the cost of doing business, it’s extremely difficult for winemakers in Washington and Oregon to make red wines for much less than that. Quality grapes, oak barrels, bottles, labels, winemaker salaries, marketing costs, wholesale prices...
Date: 09/18/2015 | Northwest Wines
As evenings grow cooler and snow begins to fall in the mountains, our thoughts drift toward autumn and winter nights when a delicious glass of fortified dessert wine warms the belly and the soul.Fortified dessert wines — crafted by adding brandy during fermentation...
Date: 09/13/2015 | Northwest Wines
Here’s a look at the results from The Evergreen State Fair beverages competition. Overall 131 beers were entered and judged by a panel of five judges:
Date: 09/10/2015 | Hops & Sips
Washington’s original wine country is proving to be on quite the comeback. The wines of North Central Washington are growing in quality and quantity, as this year’s North Central Washington Wine Awards show.
Date: 09/06/2015 | Northwest Wines
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. — Bertony Faustin didn’t set out to be Oregon’s first black winemaker. He just wanted to make good wine. But the disbelief that often comes when customers realize a black man owns the winery has worn on him.
Date: 09/05/2015 | Northwest
Everett pub transforms into classy music venue
Date: 09/03/2015 | Entertainment
With wildfires seemingly affecting every corner of the Pacific Northwest, one of the hardest-hit communities has been those around Washington’s Lake Chelan.
Date: 08/30/2015 | Northwest Wines
Maybe it was the blond mullet, or maybe it was the black mustache, but for a while there, Daryl Hall and John Oates didn’t exactly scream cool.No longer.
Date: 08/28/2015 | Entertainment
LAKE CHELAN — A wildfire has destroyed one winery and caused many of the region’s winemakers and grape growers to evacuate.Ventimiglia Cellars was destroyed Friday evening after owner Ron Ventimiglia was forced to flee.
Date: 08/27/2015 | Northwest Wines
High in northern Oregon’s picturesque Dundee Hills is a special vineyard and winery run by a small but high-achieving family.
Date: 08/23/2015 | Northwest Wines
Harvest starts on the earliest wine grapes in state history
Date: 08/16/2015 | Northwest Wines
For more than two decades, one of the shining stars of the Washington wine industry has been Matthews Winery.
Date: 08/14/2015 | Northwest Wines
LOWDEN — For nearly 35 years, Woodward Canyon Winery has been one of the top wineries in Washington, and the Walla Walla Valley producer shows no signs of slowing down.
Date: 08/09/2015 | Northwest Wines
Calling all homebrewers: The Washington State Fair is looking for beers to judge for this year's amateur beer and wine making contest.
Date: 08/03/2015 | Hops & Sips
Everyone at Thurston Wolfe gets a wine. First is owner/winemaker Wade Wolfe (D.R. Wolfe’s Family Red), followed by wife and co-owner Becky Yeaman (Sweet Rebecca) and their son, Josh, (JTW’s Port).
Date: 08/02/2015 | Northwest Wines
Cismontane arrives in Washington
Date: 07/29/2015 | Hops & Sips
While Cabernet Sauvignon is the No. 1 wine grape in Washington, the grape that brought the state to prominence in the past 15 years is Merlot — and it’s still going strong.Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is from France’s Bordeaux region and is one of its most significant grapes.
Date: 07/26/2015 | Northwest Wines
Wine Spectator honors three Snohomish County restaurantsWine Spectator magazine has released the winners of the 2015 Restaurant Awards, which honor outstanding eateries with extraordinary wine lists. Included on the 2015 list are many restaurants from...
Date: 07/22/2015 | Bizblog
GASTON, Oregon — One of Oregon’s pioneering wine families is now into its second generation and producing some of the state’s finest wines.
Date: 07/19/2015 | Northwest Wines
It’s known throughout the world as “King Cab,” and that is so true in Washington.
Date: 07/12/2015 | Northwest Wines
Seattle International Beerfest
Date: 07/10/2015 | Hops & Sips
Not too many years ago, David Rosenthal was reading a “Wine for Dummies” book while he and his father were driving from Colorado to California.
Date: 07/05/2015 | Northwest Wines
Crafts in the Draft: Tulalip Resort Casino is teaming up with renowned Northwest breweries for their Tuesday Tastings Crafts in the Draft. Flights of beer from the breweries will be paired with appetizers 7 to 9 p.m. on select Tuesdays in The Draft Sports Bar and Grill. Tickets are...
Date: 07/01/2015 | Hops & Sips
WALLA WALLA — Since the 1970s, the Walla Walla Valley has been well known for producing some of the Northwest's finest red wines. Little has changed.The valley's earliest wineries set the standard for high-quality wines — particularly reds — and that...
Date: 06/28/2015 | Northwest Wines
Picnicking on the tasting room deck at Harris Bridge Vineyard a few weeks ago, with golden shafts of light filtering through the oaks, and a refreshing Timber Royale tantalizing my palate, the world seemed about as right as it could be. My winter-dulled psyche had leapt over spring and...
Date: 06/21/2015 | Hops & Sips
One of our simple rules of wine enjoyment: Hot weather calls for chilled rosés.For the past three months, we've seen a number of 2014 rosés being released throughout the Pacific Northwest, and they are proving to be a harbinger of what is to come.
Date: 06/21/2015 | Northwest Wines
KENNEWICK — Washington winemakers have long known that some of the best grapes grow on Red Mountain. Now the amateur winemaking world is finding out, too.
Date: 06/19/2015 | Northwest Wines
Washington Brewers Festival
Date: 06/17/2015 | Hops & Sips
There's been a significant rise in "heavy drinking" among Americans, according to a new study out of the University of Washington.But what do these researchers mean by "heavy drinking"? wine lovers must ask. For a woman, heavy drinking is defined as...
Date: 06/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists
As temperatures begin to rise and we spend more time living outdoors in the Great Northwest, now is the time to begin stocking up on inexpensive red wines.
Date: 06/14/2015 | Northwest Wines
Bothell bottleshop and taproom The Hop and Hound is celebrating its first anniversary over the next three days.
Date: 06/12/2015 | Hops & Sips
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — For some cruisers, this could be a buzz kill.Carnival Cruise Line will prohibit passengers from lugging bottled water, soda or other non-alcoholic drinks on board.
Date: 06/11/2015 | Business Wire
Northwest wineries create some excellent bubbly bottles
Date: 06/07/2015 | Northwest Wines
SUNNYSIDE — Côte Bonneville winemaker Kerry Shiels left Nepal shaken yet full of appreciation after experiencing the deadly April 25 earthquake, and now she’s assisting trekking guides and porters who helped her during a 12-day adventure tour.
Date: 06/05/2015 | Northwest Wines
Special Brews, a bottleshop and bier cafe in Lynnwood, is celebrating its fourth anniversary Sunday with a chili cookoff and plenty of beer.The celebration is from noon to 8 p.m. at Special Brews, which is roping off part of its parking lot to create beer garden for the 22...
Date: 06/03/2015 | Hops & Sips
NEW YORK — Taco Bell said it will serve beer, wine and "mixed alcohol freezes" at a new location set to open in Chicago this summer.The chain, owned by Yum Brands Inc., said the restaurant will have a new design it's testing in urban markets. It said the...
Date: 06/03/2015 | Business Wire
Wines from Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills shine
Date: 05/31/2015 | Northwest Wines
In the past half-decade, Malbec has become the darling of the Washington wine industry, and for good reason.
Date: 05/24/2015 | Northwest Wines
It is neither red, nor is it a mountain, but “Brown Ridge” doesn’t sound like much of a grape growing region.
Date: 05/17/2015 | Northwest Wines
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s wine industry has come into its own in recent years, spurring the growth of wineries and newly planted acres of vineyards from the California border to the Columbia River.
Date: 05/11/2015 | Business Wire
When Maryhill Winery opened 14 years ago, the Washington wine industry was much different.Maryhill was one of the first 125 wineries open in the state when owners Craig and Vicki Leuthold launched their winery near the remote community of Goldendale. Today, there are more than 800.
Date: 05/03/2015 | Northwest Wines
HOOD RIVER, Ore. — At last month's Great Northwest Wine Competition — the largest judging ever held of wines from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho — helped highlight some of our region's top white and rosé wines.The competition, which...
Date: 04/26/2015 | Northwest Wines
More than 100 red wines earned gold medals at the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition, which took place in late March at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Oregon.
Date: 04/19/2015 | Northwest Wines