Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue

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

Fascination grows for Walla Walla wines

In the past decade, the Walla Walla Valley has developed into a winemaking and wine-touring destination, thanks to the large number of wineries starting up… Continue reading

Wahluke Slope forms backbone of Washington wine industry

Follow the Columbia River up through the middle of the state, and you’ll run into the Wahluke Slope, an 81,000-acre American Viticultural Area that serves… Continue reading

Washington winemakers showcase versatility of riesling

No place in the United States produces more riesling than the Columbia Valley, and nowhere else in the world does a winery make more riesling.… Continue reading

Northwest wine: Delicious whites from 17th platinum judging

Last week, we reviewed some of the top red wines from the 17th annual Platinum Judging, conducted by Wine Press Northwest magazine. This week, we… Continue reading

Idaho couples bring wine back to Lewis-Clark Valley

Idaho’s history of commercial wine production began in 1875 along the Clearwater River near Lewiston. Thanks to the skilled vintners at Clearwater Canyon Cellars and… Continue reading

SixFive great sparkling wines made in the Pacific Northwest

It’s a misnomer and illegal for a winery in this country to label its sparkling wine as “Champagne.” Only sparkling wine produced from the Champagne… Continue reading

Northwest Wine: Top wines from 2016 Invitational

After the dust settled from two days of tasting through nearly 600 wines, the judges for the fourth annual Great Northwest… Continue reading

Northwest Wine: Best of Idaho wine

By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue Great Northwest Wine With 51 wineries and more than 1,600 acres of wine grapes, Idaho’s wine industry is growing… Continue reading

Northwest Wine: Finding affordable Pinot Noir

There’s no other way to put this: Pinot Noir is expensive. It’s expensive to grow, especially in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where there’s always a threat… Continue reading

Try these deight Bordeaux-style reds made in Pacific Northwest

and perhaps you’ve wondered what that means. Simply put, a Bordeaux-style wine is a… Continue reading