All posts by Abra Bennett

  • Heidi Noble oversees 82 acres of vineyards, makes 17,000 cases of wine, manages a staff of 12 and is building a new tasting room. There's also her son Theo, age 6.
    Noble uses ‘juicidity’ as key ingredient at JoieFarm

    PENTICTON, British Columbia — On this day at JoieFarm Winery, Heidi Noble is in state of harvest disarray. The owner and winemaker on the Naramata Bench has just finished processing 230 tons of grapes from the 2016...

    • Posted December 27, 2016
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  • Pepper Bridge Winery teams up with Fat Duck Inn for delicious class

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. — You’ve been in those crowded tasting rooms, where folks are elbow to elbow, everyone waiting for their next pour. A few people are loud, having visited several other tastings before this one. Perhaps...

    • Posted December 19, 2016
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  • Marcus Rafanelli returns to College Cellars as instructor

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Marcus Rafanelli, born and raised in Seattle, recently was hired as Walla Walla Community College’s newest vintage winemaker. He grew up on Beacon Hill in a big Italian family, whose scions had made...

    • Posted December 12, 2016
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  • Walter Gehringer is the winemaking brother at Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery in Oliver, British Columbia.
    Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery turns science into art

    OLIVER, British Columbia — If you’re science-minded, iconoclastic and love good wine, then Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley should be a destination. On the one hand, Gehringer Brothers has won so many awards...

    • Posted December 5, 2016
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  • Sager Small, 29, is a student in Walla Walla Community College's viticulture and enology program.
    Sager Small set to take College Cellars education back to Woodward Canyon

    LOWDEN, Wash. — Every so often parents get what they want from their kids without even having to ask. Rick Small and Darcey Fugman-Small of acclaimed Woodward Canyon Winery in the Walla Walla Valley are among those...

    • Posted November 28, 2016
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  • College Cellars spins Muscat into gold year after year

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Grapes in the Muscat family were cultivated by the ancient Greeks and Romans, but many wine lovers haven’t experienced Muscat Ottonel. College Cellars of Walla Walla is working to change that. It’s a...

    • Posted November 17, 2016
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  • Okanagan Nation turns Nk’Mip Cellars into Canadian success

    OSOYOOS, British Columbia – Nk’Mip Cellars may be the most unique winery you will ever have the pleasure to visit. It’s the first aboriginal-owned and-operated winery in North America, and a flagship property of the Osoyoos Indian...

    • Posted November 11, 2016
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  • Roundtable discussion with next generation of women winemakers

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Great Northwest Wine recently met with a group of first-year students in Walla Walla Community College’s Enology and Viticulture program to talk with them about how they see their futures as women winemakers....

    • Posted November 7, 2016
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  • Plan for Walla Walla’s Fall Release Weekend

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. – As the 2016 harvest draws to a close, winemakers celebrate by scrubbing the deep purple stains from their hands and popping corks on new wines to share with friends, family and customers old...

    • Posted October 28, 2016
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  • Fiona Mak, a recent graduate of Walla Walla Community College's enology and viticulture program, is now an enologist at Artifex in Walla Walla.
    Inside Walla Walla’s Artifex: More than a custom-crush facility

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. — It’s the height of the harvest in the Walla Walla Valley, and Artifex is humming along at a pace that could be described as a controlled frenzy. Six full-time staff and a harvest...

    • Posted October 25, 2016
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