- Betz Family Winery will not release wines from smoky 2020 vintage
- Matías Kúsulas replaces Aryn Morell as Gård Vintners winemaker
- Boise-area Telaya Wine Co., uses Idaho Syrah to top Cascadia International
- Sagemoor enters Walla Walla Valley grape market with Southwind Vineyard purchase
- Fire destroys distillery at Westport Winery Garden Resort in Washington
- Fries family departs Washington wine industry with Desert Wind sale
- Warnshuis realizes dream of Utopia along Oregon’s tiny Ribbon Ridge
- Fidelitas promotes Will Hoppes, Mitch Venohr as part of transition
- New Alliance of Women in Washington Wine already stands at 200 strong
- Bullocks bid goodbye to Eye of the Needle Winery in Woodinville
Marvelous Northwest Malbecs
It once was a trivia question (“Name a minor red Bordeaux grape?”) until Argentina’s Mendoza region made it famous.
Now Malbec is beginning to take a starring role in the Pacific Northwest – particularly Washington. A Wine Press Northwest judging in 2012 drew a remarkable 89 entries, while a Great Northwest Wine blind tasting showed top Washington examples keep up with the high end of Argentina.
And just last week, a Malbec from the Snake River Valley won the fifth annual Idaho Wine Competition.
Even though just a small amount is planted in the Pacific Northwest, Malbec is becoming a big deal.
Here are a dozen examples we’ve tried recently.