- None in the top 10, but nine from Northwest get inside Wine Spectator’s top 60
- Bob Bertheau joins German icon Loosen at J. Christopher Wines
- Abeja Chardonnay edges DeLille’s Harrison Hill at Great Northwest Invitational
- Election Day arrives for office-seeking Airfield Estates Winery owner
- Bledsoe, McDaniels buy Hope Well Vineyard in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills
- Oregon wine harvest fell by 29% in 2020, but growth continues
- Quilceda Creek acquires 22 acres of famed Champoux Vineyards from Woodward Canyon
- Hat Ranch Winery tops Idaho Wine Competition with Cabernet Franc from Lewis-Clark Valley
- Central Oregon Winegrowers schedule summer summit
- Avennia purchases vineyard, tasting room on Red Mountain
Washington wine grape harvest officially begins
While a few hundred tons were picked last week and even this weekend, today is the official start of the 2014 Washington wine grape harvest.
Usually, winemakers prefer to start harvest after Labor Day – partly to let the grapes develop flavors and partly to get that last three-day weekend in before the 60-day sprint to Halloween, when the vast majority of the grapes will be harvested and crushed.
This year’s harvest is expected to be a record 230,000 tons, up at least 10 percent over last year’s record 218,000 tons.
As harvest officially gets under way, we take a look back at a few photos we took during the 2013 harvest.