Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue

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

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