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Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue are the co-founders of Great Northwest Wine.
Together, we have more than 35 years of experience writing about the wines, vineyards and chefs of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho. We founded Wine Press Northwest magazine in 1997 and were the editors of the quarterly wine magazine through 2012. During that time, we published a weekly e-mail newsletter called the Pacific Northwest Wine of the Week. In 2010, we launched a weekly wine column syndicated in 21 newspapers.
Great Northwest Wine is where we write about wine from a journalistic point of view. We cover wine news, write features, provide tidbits about the industry and much more.
About Eric Degerman
Eric Degerman was born in Portland, Ore., and graduated from Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane, Wash. He attended Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., on a golf scholarship, helping the Penguins win consecutive Northwest Athletic Conference championships. (Both teams were inducted into the Clark College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019.) He went on to earn a history degree from the University of Washington.
During college, he worked for the Vancouver Columbian, the Valley Daily News in Kent and The Seattle Times before spending 25 years as an editor and award-winning sports writer at the Tri-City Herald. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest, becoming a food writer and wine judge. In 2018, he was a contributing writer to Wine Trails – USA & Canada by Lonely Planet. In 2020, he began writing for The Seattle Times, the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Sip Magazine. In 2021, he received the Idaho Wine Commission’s Impact Award. He also served as the Washington state field editor for the 2022 Slow Wine Guide.
His judging history includes the San Francisco International Wine Competition, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, INDY International Wine Competition, New Orleans International Wine Competition, Savor Northwest Wine Awards, the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards, Oregon Wine Competition, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition, Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, Grand Harvest Awards, Long Beach Grand Cru, Riverside International Wine Competition, Northwest Wine Summit, British Columbia Wine Awards, Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, Washington State Wine Competition, Tri-Cities Wine Festival, Idaho Wine Competition, McMinnville Wine & Food Classic, Oregon’s Greatest of the Grape, the Wenatchee Wine and Food Festival Wine Competition and the Capital Food & Wine Festival Wine Competition.
Eric is president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He lives in Washington wine country with Traci, his wife of 31 years and rescue felines Anakin, Hondo and Pinky.
About Andy Perdue
Andy Perdue grew up in Bremerton, Wash., about 15 miles west of Seattle. After high school, he attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, where he graduated with a degree in journalism and a minor in history.
Andy has worked for many newspapers, including the Tri-City Herald, Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News, Arizona Republic, Wenatchee World, Port Townsend Leader, Silverdale Reporter, Bainbridge Review, North Kitsap Herald and Port Orchard Independent.
For 16 years, he was editor-in-chief of Wine Press Northwest. As editor of the quarterly consumer magazine, he wrote columns, cover features, tasting notes and analyses of peer-group judgings.
As a wine writer, Andy served the columnist for The Seattle Times and Pacific Northwest magazine from 2013 through 2019. He also has been a columnist for Seattle Homes & Lifestyles and Vineyard & Winery Management, and he’s written articles for numerous other publications.
In 2003, Andy’s first book, The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer’s Handbook, was published by Sasquatch Books. He’s also contributed to several other books, including Swirl, Sip & Savor (2010), North American Wine Routes (2010), Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest (2008) and Best Places Northwest (2001).
Andy has judged at the following wine competitions: San Francisco International Wine Competition, Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, Riverside International Wine Competition, Sunset International Wine Competition, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Long Beach Grand Cru, Central Coast Wine Competition, Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition, Northwest Wine Summit, Washington State Wine Competition, Oregon State Fair Wine Competition, Okanagan Fall Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards, Idaho Wine Competition, Capital Food & Wine Competition and Platinum Awards.
In 2012, Andy won first place in health writing from the Pacific Northwest Society of Professional Journalists for a 31-part series called “Face of Cancer.”
In 2015, Andy was named the honorary chair of the Auction of Washington Wines, joining a list of such luminaries as Robert Mondavi, Piero Antinori, Ernest Gallo, Hugh Johnson, Marvin Shanken, Andre Tchelistcheff, Robert Parker, Harvey Steiman and Leon Adams. In 2021, Andy received the Idaho Wine Commission’s Impact Award.
Andy lives in the heart of Washington wine country with his wife, Melissa, and their daughter, Niranjana. In 2020, he stepped down as a partner in the company, while continuing to contribute The Wine Knows columnist and serve as an occasional judge at Great Northwest Wine’s local events.
About Richard Duval
Our resident photojournalist Richard Duval captures vivid wine imagery for Great Northwest Wine as well as regional and national wine media, wine marketing organizations and an ever-growing number of wineries in the Pacific Northwest. He also writes the VineLines Dispatch column and pens the occasional feature.
His work also appears regularly in Great Northwest Wine as well as being steady contributor to Washington Wine Report, Wine Business Monthly, Good Fruit Grower, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator and numerous websites. Chateau Ste. Michelle selected his image of its iconic chateau for the cover of its commemorative 50th anniversary book. Signature Wines and Wineries of Washington chose his image of Sagemoor Vineyard for its cover. His images are frequently used by Washington’s state and regional wine marketing guides for the Walla Walla, Woodinville, Yakima Valley, Lake Chelan, Whidbey Island, Columbia River Gorge and Red Mountain wine regions.
His journalism degree from Washington State University served him well as a high school teacher in Spokane for three years, and then a long career in public relations and marketing communications for a slew of analog and high-tech companies in the Seattle area. Along the way, he also earned a Masters of Communication degree from the University of Washington, launched an early Internet greeting card business and recorded his first album of improvisational piano music, entitled Notes to Myself. (He is a BMI recording artist). His other passion is his lifelong pursuit of the perfect pizza dough; as a self-taught pizzaiolo, he has served as guest chef for a growing number of charity dinners.
Richard recently relocated to the Walla Walla Valley with his wife, Leslee. However, he maintains a studio for bottle shots and wine community portraits in the Woodinville Warehouse District.
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