All posts by Eric Degerman

  • Precept Wine to release 2012 Merlot in February

      Precept Wine, which isn’t shy about creating unusual projects, plans next month to release a Walla Walla Valley vineyard-designated 2012 Merlot under the Waterbrook label. Yes, a Merlot from last year’s vintage. Waterbrook Winery 2012 Amber...

    • Posted January 9, 2013
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  • Duck Pond Cellars crew plants the last section of Coles Valley Vineyard in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Duck Pond Cellars).
    Duck Pond Cellars invests in Umpqua Valley Pinot Noir

    This spring, the Fries family and Duck Pond Cellars in Dundee, Ore., will celebrate 20 years as a Willamette Valley winery. During those two decades, though, they’ve expanded their vineyard program to more than 1,000 acres, nearly...

    • Posted January 7, 2013
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  • Samuel Adams Utopias 10
    Sam Adams Utopias beer drinks like tawny Port

    Want to coax a beer drinker into becoming a fan of Port-style wines? Introduce that friend to Samuel Adams Utopias. In fact, consider serving the Utopias 10 in a brandy snifter and see who will believe it...

    • Posted January 4, 2013
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  • northstar winery david merfeld barrels featured 120x134 - Northstar Winery's guiding light
    Northstar Winery’s guiding light

    WALLA WALL, Wash. — Winemakers often will smirk and say, “It takes a lot of beer to make good wine.” In the case of David “Merf” Merfeld, he was helping to make a lot of good beer...

    • Posted January 2, 2013
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  • Taste Washington discount available through Dec. 31

    The Washington State Wine Commission presented another Christmas gift idea to those who enjoy Washington wine — a $10 discount on general admission tickets to Taste Washington on March 23-24 in Seattle. It’s grown to a two-day...

    • Posted December 20, 2012
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  • Platinum winner Watermill to pour Thursday in Sumner

    Watermill Winery in Milton-Freewater, Ore., produced another Platinum-winning wine last month in Wine Press Northwest’s annual judging of gold-medal winners. On Thursday night, the magazine’s 2010 Oregon Winery to Watch will be pouring at Sorci’s Italian Café...

    • Posted December 19, 2012
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  • Harry Bill Queens Jubilee - Canada honors McWatters again for wine industry work
    Canada honors McWatters again for wine industry work

    Harry McWatters, who helped grow the British Columbia wine industry, has been presented Canada’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Recipients of medals, created to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary on the throne of Canada, were selected “for their contributions...

    • Posted December 18, 2012
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  • Washington State Wine Awards go beyond restaurants

    For a decade, diners wanting to patronize restaurants that support Washington wineries used the Washington Wine Restaurant Awards for research. The Washington State Wine Commission recently branded the contest as the Washington State Wine Awards, so starting...

    • Posted December 16, 2012
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  • Oregon-grown Long ranks among ‘Most Powerful Women in Wine’

    London-based The Drinks Business magazine is counting down its “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Wine” on its website, and Oregon native Zelma Long earned a spot on the list at No. 35. Viewed as one of...

    • Posted December 13, 2012
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  • Walla Walla wine road shows in 2013

    The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance released more information today regarding its 2013 public tastings in Portland and Seattle. The Portland event ($60 + service fee) is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 25 at Pure Space in the Pearl...

    • Posted December 12, 2012
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