Eric Degerman

USA, Washington, Woodinville. Brian Carter Cellars.

Region’s fortified wines provide sweet warmth on chilly nights

They’re an ideal companion with a fireplace nearby, a plate of hazelnuts and Stilton cheese within reach.

 

Katie Nelson is the senior director of winemaking for Columbia Crest and head winemaker for H3 Wines in Paterson, Wash. (Ste. Michelle Wine Estates)

A $15 cab finishes atop Washington State Wine Competition

It should be easy to track down a bottle of Columbia Crest 2016 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon and judge for yourself.

 

Stillwater Creek Vineyard on the Royal Slope looks across at the Saddle Mountains in Washington’s Columbia Basin. (Richard Duval Images)

Royal Slope becomes state’s 15th American Viticultural Area

The area’s elevation and climate make it suitable for growing many varieties of grapes.

 

Amy Alvarez-Wampfler, co-winemaker at Abeja in Walla Walla, Wash., was in charge of 10,000 barrels of Chardonnay during her time at Columbia Crest. (Photo courtesy of Abeja)

This month, raise a toast to region’s Hispanic winemakers

From fields to tasting rooms, they play a vitally important role in the Northwest wine industry.

Amy Alvarez-Wampfler, co-winemaker at Abeja in Walla Walla, Wash., was in charge of 10,000 barrels of Chardonnay during her time at Columbia Crest. (Photo courtesy of Abeja)

Elephant Seven uses grenache to win Walla Walla wine contest

The prize-winning grenache sells for $30 a bottle — a bargain in the world of high-end wine.

Spanish wine grape takes well to Idaho’s Snake River Valley

Williamson Vineyards’ 2019 Albariño takes Best of Show out of 160 entries at the 2020 Idaho Wine Competition.

Tim and Kelly Hightower own, operate and share the winemaking duties at Hightower Cellars on Red Mountain. With them is their dog Riley. (Richard Duval Images)

Merlot a workhorse grape that merits acclaim in the Northwest

Wines featuring this red Bordeaux vareity are crafted for the cellar and meant to be cherished over time.

Tim and Kelly Hightower own, operate and share the winemaking duties at Hightower Cellars on Red Mountain. With them is their dog Riley. (Richard Duval Images)

Chateau Ste. Michelle celebrates 20 years of Eroica Riesling

It’s a style that is neither dry nor sweet — a riesling that everyone can enjoy with food or drink on its own.

The Washington State Wine Commission is using August, known for decades as Washington Wine Month, to promote the Drink For WA campaign. The commission estimates it will generate 12 million impressions through advertising and social media channels. (Photo courtesy Washington State Wine Commission)

Washington wine commission rolls out Drink for WA campaign

Share an image of your special occasion along with tags of #DrinkForWA and #EatForWA.

The Washington State Wine Commission is using August, known for decades as Washington Wine Month, to promote the Drink For WA campaign. The commission estimates it will generate 12 million impressions through advertising and social media channels. (Photo courtesy Washington State Wine Commission)
USA, Washington, Royal Slope. Glamping at Stillwater Creek vineyard

Northwest’s sauvignon blanc offers summertime refreshment

This white wine is ideal alongside grilled chicken, sushi or poached white fish, lentils and green vegetables.

USA, Washington, Royal Slope. Glamping at Stillwater Creek vineyard

The field of Northwest rose grows with delicious variety

Increased thirst for this style of wine has prompted winemakers to offer multiple expressions from the same vintage.

Lone Star Vineyard is a 112-acre site established in 1996 in the Eola-Amity Hills by Argyle Winery, a historic producer in Dundee, Ore. (Photo courtesy of Argyle Winery)

Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills continues its rise with pinot noir

The AVA’s key features include cool ocean breezes that blow through a slot in the Coast Range.

Lone Star Vineyard is a 112-acre site established in 1996 in the Eola-Amity Hills by Argyle Winery, a historic producer in Dundee, Ore. (Photo courtesy of Argyle Winery)

Pinot gris continues to merit gold medals for Northwest wine

The Cascadia wine competition proves the Burgundy white grape is just as worthy of attention as ever.

Wild Goose in British Columbia tops Cascadia judging again

It’s the third time in four years that the winery topped the annual showcase of Pacific Northwest wines.

Food-friendly malbec a rising star in region’s wine industry

This Bordeaux variety was the fourth-most harvested red grape in Washington during the 2019 vintage.

Northwest Wine: Dobbes Family Estate continues tradition of excellence

His name is still on the bottle, as well as many cans, and because Joe Dobbes placed the right people in charge, the winery and… Continue reading

Quilceda Creek Vintners donates $365,000 to COVID-19 relief

The famed Snohomish winery fundraised for the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund via the #QuilcedaCares campaign.

Columbia Valley wineries look back on ‘St. Helens Vintage’

Growers Mike Sauer and Dick Boushey and winemaker Rob Griffin shared their recollections of the eruption.

Rob Mercer adds to his family’s legacy as honorary grower

The president of Mercer Estates Winery has been recognized by the Auction of Washington Wines.

Willamette Valley rallies around #WinesForTheFrontlines

More than 1,400 cases of wine and 268 cases of sparkling grape juice have been donated to health-care workers.