All posts by Andy Perdue

  • Charles Smith is one of the largest wine producers in Washington state.
    8 Northwest wines make Wine Spectator’s Top 100

    Eight percent of the best wines in the world – according to Wine Spectator magazine – came from the Pacific Northwest in 2017. The magazine unveiled its annual Top 100 list Monday morning, and eight Northwest wines...

    • Posted November 21, 2017
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  • Pinot Gris rules Oregon’s white wine landscape

    For the past 15 years, Pinot Gris has been Oregon’s go-to white wine grape. With more than 15,000 tons harvested in 2015, Pinot Gris is even more dominant. Pinot Gris, which experts believe is a mutation of...

    • Posted October 29, 2017
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  • Chardonnay plays an important role in Washington

    Chardonnay has been at or near the top of the heap in Washington wine country for the better part of 30 years. But how did it get to that position? The ubiquitous white wine grape’s origins in...

    • Posted October 15, 2017
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  • Ancient Lakes important for Washington white wines

    Since 2012, the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley has been a federally designated American Viticultural Area – the 13th in Washington. Entirely within the vast, arid Columbia Valley, the Ancient Lakes is around the Columbia Basin towns...

    • Posted September 24, 2017
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  • Red Rhone blends a delicious Northwest trend

    Among the most exciting developments in the Pacific Northwest wine country in recent years is the emergence of red Rhône blends, commonly called GSMs because of the three primary grapes in the blend: Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre. Dozens of examples of...

    • Posted September 17, 2017
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  • Otis Harlan of Otis Vineyard in the Yakima Valley.
    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.” There’s a ton of history in this valley, including: Walter Clore, “the father of Washington...

    • Posted September 3, 2017
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  • A dozen 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 until the evaluation is complete. We think this is the fairest way...

    • Posted August 28, 2017
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    Red Mountain wine continues rise in prominence

    Red Mountain, a little hill on the eastern edge of Washington’s Yakima Valley has fast become the premiere location for growing red wine grapes in Washington (sorry Walla Walla). At just 4,040 acres, it is Washington’s smallest...

    • Posted August 20, 2017
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  • Cashmere winery Crayelle tops Wenatchee wine judging

    WENATCHEE – A small winery in Cashmere took home top honors at the seventh annual Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival competition. Crayelle Cellars, owned and operated by longtime Washington winemaker Craig Mitrakul, took home top honors for...

    • Posted August 18, 2017
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  • Private Barrel Auction shows off unique Washington wines

    WOODINVILLE, Wash. – On Friday, the Auction of Washington Wines will play host to its annual Private Barrel Auction, in which members of the wine trade get a chance to taste barrel samples of wines exclusive to...

    • Posted August 16, 2017
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