Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue

Why syrah continues to rise in popularity in Washington state

It’s the Evergreen State’s third-most popular red grape, after cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

Woodward Canyon Winery continues to weave masterpieces

Owner Rick Small uses grapes from vines he used when he made wine in his back yard in the 1970s.

Oregon pinot gris tops Great Northwest Wine invite judging

Pike Road Pinot Gris won best of Show in the 2017 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.

Walla Walla winery has a reputation for wonderful white wines

L’Ecole No. 41, the third-oldest winery in Walla Walla Valley, bucks the area’s red-wine reputation.

Ancient Lakes important for Washington state’s white wines

The region named for its pothole lakes grows great chardonnay, riesling and sauvignon blanc grapes.

Interest in GSM blends percolating in the Pacific Northwest

We’re likely to see more of this red style of wine made with grenache, syrah and mourvedre grapes.

Interest in syrah grows throughout Oregon wine industry

We tend to think of Oregon as pinot noir country, and that is richly deserved. The recent 2016 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Census Report showed… Continue reading

Yakima Valley thrives as historical heart of Washington wine

The Yakima Valley is where the Washington wine industry got its start, as we like to say, “the cradle of the industry.” This valley, which… Continue reading

The grape test: Tasting blind reveals great Northwest wines

What makes a great Northwest wine? When we evaluate wines, we taste them under blind conditions, meaning we know neither the producer nor the price… Continue reading

Red Mountain home to some of the state’s most famous vineyards

Red Mountain, a little hill on the eastern edge of the Yakima Valley, has fast become the premiere location for growing red… 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

Contrary to movie ‘Sideways,’ merlot is straight-up delicious

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

Chardonnay a popular wine on both sides of the Columbia River

Chardonnay is by far the most popular wine in America, and in the Pacific Northwest, it also has strong support. In Washington, it is the… Continue reading

Oregon sets table for international pinot noir celebration

Ask an international wine expert what Oregon is known for, and it’s a safe bet they will answer “pinot noir.” It’s a reputation that’s well-deserved… Continue reading

Remote Wahluke Slope attracting more attention for its wine

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

Washington riesling not just a Chateau 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 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