All posts by Eric Degerman

  • 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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  • College Cellars of Walla Walla again tops Tri-Cities Wine Festival judging

    KENNEWICK, Wash. – College Cellars of Walla Walla, the winemaking program for Walla Walla Community College, remained at the head of the class for the Tri-Cities Wine Festival by using a 2016 Barbera to claim the title...

    • Posted December 18, 2018
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  • Taste Washington 2019 tickets now available

    SEATTLE — Tickets are on sale for Taste Washington 2019, billed as the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States. The Seattle-based festive runs March 28-31 and return to the CenturyLink Field Event Center....

    • Posted December 6, 2018
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  • Stoller names Santora as head winemaker for Chehalem Winery

    DATYON, Ore. – The winemaking transition at Chehalem Winery became official and seamless Thursday when the Stoller Wine Group promoted Katie Santora to the role of head winemaker for one of Oregon’s most famous brands. Chehalem founding...

    • Posted November 16, 2018
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