All posts by Eric Degerman

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast.
  • Vancouver USA wineries set table for Savor SW WA Wine

    Southwest Washington and Vancouver USA, home to the first wine grape vines in the Pacific Northwest, will be the setting for the inaugural Savor SW WA Wine on Saturday, May 11 near the Fort Vancouver National Historic...

    • Posted February 16, 2019
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  • Young AVA launches Lewis-Clark Valley Wine Festival

    LEWISTON, Idaho – This spring, Cabernet Sauvignon will be focus for the inaugural Lewis-Clark Valley Wine Festival, an event to showcase the Pacific Northwest’s first commercial wine region and one of the country’s newest American Viticultural Areas....

    • Posted February 14, 2019
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  • Wine Marketing Roundtable set for April 8 in Walla Walla

    Marketing maven Marilyn Hawkins formalized the agenda for the Monday, April 8 seminar as part of her on-going Wine Marketing Roundtable series through the Walla Walla Community College Department of Continuing Education. Among the headliners is Constance...

    • Posted February 14, 2019
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  • Walla Walla prison proposes plan for inmates to tend vines, hops

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. – There are hurdles to climb, yet there’s a growing sense of optimism that Jeremy Petty will be planting wine grapes and hops inside the fence at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla....

    • Posted January 30, 2019
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  • Maryhill Winery springs into Vancouver, then Woodinville

    VANCOUVER, Wash. – By the end of the 2019, no producer in Washington state will operate more tasting rooms than critically acclaimed Maryhill Winery and owners Craig and Vicki Leuthold. The Leutholds are poised to unveil their...

    • Posted January 28, 2019
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  • Jason Gorski takes over reins at DeLille Cellars

    WOODINVILLE, Wash. – DeLille Cellars, one of Washington state’s leading wineries, announced Wednesday that Jason Gorski has been promoted to replace co-founder Chris Upchurch as director of winemaking and viticulture. Gorski has seen production grow from 10,000...

    • Posted January 24, 2019
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  • Walla Walla Vintners makes winemaking change

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The Haladay family started a new chapter at historic Walla Walla Vintners on Monday when they brought in Derrek Vipond to take over as head winemaker. Vipond, 34, left his job as assistant...

    • Posted January 15, 2019
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  • Famed writer Mike Dunne tastes trends at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

    CLOVERDALE, Calif. – Mike Dunne is one of the 140 people who worked the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and nearly every one of the organizers, judges and volunteers views the scribe’s job with various levels...

    • Posted January 13, 2019
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  • Alumni, College Cellars of Walla Walla rock San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

    CLOVERDALE, Calif. – The 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition generated more critical acclaim for the Pacific Northwest, and much of it stems from College Cellars of Walla Walla and alumni of the community college’s vaunted winemaking...

    • Posted January 12, 2019
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  • Oregon Tempranillo Celebration returns to Ashland for 2019

    ASHLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Tempranillo Alliance recently announced that its fourth annual Oregon Tempranillo Celebration will return to its roots in Southern Oregon on Jan. 18-20. Last winter, organizers found a warm response in Portland for...

    • Posted December 24, 2018
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