All posts by Andy Perdue

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .
  • Eagle Creek Winery 2014 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $23

    This Leavenworth winery has crafted a Syrah that unveils complex aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, black olive and charcuterie, giving way to notes of leather and spices and backed by full-bodied tannins and lovely oak integration. This won...

    • Posted May 20, 2018
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  • GSM among Washington’s most delicious blends

    Among the most exciting developments in Washington wine country in the past decade is the rising interest in red Rhone varieties. This includes such grapes as Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Counoise, and a few other varieties. Syrah has developed...

    • Posted April 8, 2018
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  • Walla Walla rising with reds

    As much as any region in Washington, perhaps none is as famous as the Walla Walla Valley. This because of a number of factors, including history, reputation, quality, density of tasting rooms as well as other factors,...

    • Posted March 13, 2018
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  • Washington wine grape 2017 harvest down by 16 percent

    SEATTLE – As predicted last fall, Washington’s wine grape crop fell short of record numbers, according to the annual harvest report released this week by the Washington State Wine Commission. The total crushed last fall added up...

    • Posted March 2, 2018
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  • America’s favorite wine well-represented in Northwest

    Chardonnay is, and continues to be America’s favorite wine. Of course, California leads the way, with 675,000 tons crushed in last fall’s harvest, Chardonnay made up a full 16 percent of the state’s total. In Washington, while...

    • Posted February 26, 2018
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  • Oregon retains focus on Pinot Noir

    A singular varietal focus gives Oregon a tremendous advantage in an ever-more crowded wine market. When any wine lover around the globe says “Oregon wine,” “Pinot Noir” almost always comes to mind immediately. This is thanks to...

    • Posted February 18, 2018
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  • Harvesting grapes on the Wahluke Slope.
    Wahluke Slope plays key role for Washington wineries

    The Wahluke Slope is in a remote and arid section of Washington wine country, an 80,000-acre region that was federally designated as an American Viticultural Area in 2006. It’s essentially a 13-mile wide gravel bar formed 15,000...

    • Posted February 4, 2018
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  • Washington’s state of Riesling

    Washington has long had a reputation for crafting world-class Riesling, with the first plantings as early as 1880, pre-dating statehood by at least a decade. Today, Riesling remains a force in Washington, being the No. 4 grape,...

    • Posted January 28, 2018
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  • Washington Malbec growth continues

    Malbec not only is a fast-rising star in Washington wine country, but it also is becoming a global phenomenon. The French red variety is not only a big player in Argentina, but also in South Africa, Australia...

    • Posted January 22, 2018
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  • White wine grapes showed well in the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition.
    Idaho Wine Industry’s stock continues to rise

    The fist grapes were planted 153 years ago. But today, the Gem state’s wine industry is coming into its own. More than 50 wines dot the state from the top of the panhandle to the Nevada border....

    • Posted November 27, 2017
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