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Date: 02/12/2016 | Entertainment

Easy pasta dish pairs beautifully with these wines

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

10 delicious examples of sauvignon blanc

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

Get your grape on for game day

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

New alcohol rules on tap

Proposal would affect small-scale brewers, distillers, vintners

Date: 02/05/2016 | Local News

Oregon remains focused on Pinot Noir

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

Northwest Syrah ripe with Old World complexity

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

Top Northwest wines from San Francisco competition

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

8 of the best Northwest wines from 2015

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

Wine, spirits and beer calendar

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

Wine Press Northwest reveals platinum sips

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

Top wine stories of 2015 about weather, winners

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

Luxury getaway

Enjoy posh hotel, explore all Bellingham has to offer

Date: 01/02/2016 | Life

10 tasty and affordable white 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

Cheers to the holidays with 9 affordable NW red 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

5 best wine books for gifting and winter reading

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

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

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

Northwest’s newest AVA is Idaho’s Eagle Foothills

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

Red blends all the rage across the Northwest

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

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

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

Woodinville wine industry continues to grow, thrive

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

Snohomish’s Quilceda Creek nabs No. 2 wine in world

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

Nine wines to pair with Thanksgiving meal

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

Your wine’s too cold (or too warm): Here’s how to get it right

I cannot think of a better example than ice cream to illustrate how all wines have an optimal temperature.

Date: 11/22/2015 | Life

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

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

Nine food, wine pairings that fit well

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

Post ‘Sideways,’ Merlot’s reputation is returning

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

More than just wine

Don't forget Walla Walla's great shops, diners and historical sites

Date: 11/07/2015 | Life

Walla Walla Vintners continues to shine

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

Wash all that candy down with some wine

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

Great whites from Great NW Invitational Wine Competition

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

Luscious reds from Great Northwest Invitational

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

Local breweries pouring at Snohomish Brewfest

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

Top wines from third Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

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

Easy to love wine

Washington Chardonnays continue to gain in popularity

Date: 10/11/2015 | Northwest Wines

Idaho wine industry small but mighty

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

The right red wines to uncork with your BBQ

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

‘The Wine Bible’ is updated: What’s changed in 14 years?

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

Local beer winners from the Washington State Fair

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

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

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

Affordable white wines for autumn enjoyment

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

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

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

Spotlight on local beer, spirits at inaugural Carleton Farms Brew Fest

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

What's pouring at the Carleton Farms Brew Fest

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

Inexpensive Northwest red wines difficult to make

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

Picking out some of the best Northwest fortified dessert 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

Beer awards from the Evergreen State Fair

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

North Central Washington wineries continue to shine

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

Minority winemakers look to change industry’s stereotypes

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

Anchor all jazzed up

Everett pub transforms into classy music venue

Date: 09/03/2015 | Entertainment

Try these superb wines from Lake Chelan’s best

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

Head down memory lane with Hall and Oates

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

Wildfire destroys Lake Chelan winery Ventimiglia Cellars

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

Small family winery produces big results in Oregon’s Dundee Hills

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

Grapes ripen up early

Harvest starts on the earliest wine grapes in state history

Date: 08/16/2015 | Northwest Wines

New ownership earns Matthews Winery acclaim

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

Woodward Canyon remains a top Washington winery

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

Get your beer or wine judged at Washington State Fair

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

For Thurston Wolfe, wine is all in the family

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

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Cismontane arrives in Washington

Date: 07/29/2015 | Hops & Sips

Good conditions helps Merlot continue to shine in state

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

Briefs: Wine Spectator honors three Snohomish County restaurants

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

Second generation takes Oregon’s Elk Cove to new heights

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

Cab is king in Washington’s Columbia Valley

It’s known throughout the world as “King Cab,” and that is so true in Washington.

Date: 07/12/2015 | Northwest Wines

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Seattle International Beerfest

Date: 07/10/2015 | Hops & Sips

Chateau Ste. Michelle has new head of white wine

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

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

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 Valley wines continue to shine

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

Try these summer sips to stay cool

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

Some of the best 2014 Northwest Rosés to tuck in your fridge for summer

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

Washington man makes best amateur wine in world

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

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Washington Brewers Festival

Date: 06/17/2015 | Hops & Sips

Taxing alcohol isn’t going to discourage binge drinking

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

Inexpensive red wines for summer entertaining

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

The Hop and Hound celebrates first anniversary this weekend

Bothell bottleshop and taproom The Hop and Hound is celebrating its first anniversary over the next three days.

Date: 06/12/2015 | Hops & Sips

Carnival Cruise Line bans carry-on bottles

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

Wines that sparkle

Northwest wineries create some excellent bubbly bottles

Date: 06/07/2015 | Northwest Wines

Yakima Valley winemaker helps Nepal villagers

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

Lynnwood's Special Brews celebrates 4th anniversary this Sunday

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

Taco Bell to serve booze at new location

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

Wine heaven, too

Wines from Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills shine

Date: 05/31/2015 | Northwest Wines

Malbec is Washington’s new shining star of wine

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

Red Mountain’s importance in state wine

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

Oregon industry wants in on Obama’s trade agreement

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

Maryhill Winery rises to the top in crowded Pacific Northwest

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

Great whites, pinks from Great NW Wine Competition

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

Judges find gold amid reds at Great NW Wine Competition

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

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