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04/16/14
Idaho bill would allow farmers to be paid for improving water quality
A proposal that has been tabled for this year would allow farmers and ranchers to be paid to help other entities such as cities meet federally mandated water quality standards. Bill supporters plan to bring it back next year. -
04/14/14
North Willamette Vintners wine trail showcases vineyards in Washington County's backyard
This weekend the North Willamette Vintners group is holding the annual Spring Wine Trail weekend
04/14/14
Oregon's craft beer industry now the subject of academia
Beer, in Oregon, is so significant that somebody should make a historical collection so that future generations can study the details of the state's current frothy culture - including, for example, the Cascade aromatic hop used to make beers such as Total Domination or Hammerhead
04/14/14
What's Driving Altria's Wine Sales?
we take a look at the key revenue drivers impacting the business that contributes just around 2%
04/14/14
Region's grape vineyards begin awakening
The first leaves are unfurling from buds sheltering the beginnings of wine grape clusters that will become Washington's 2014 vintage
04/14/14
Climatologist Greg Jones points to wet, warm April for Northwest wine industry
Research climatologist Greg Jones, whose work is respected in the Pacific Northwest wine industry and beyond, predicts warmer and wetter conditions for the region during second half of April
04/11/14
Historic Sagemoor Vineyards sold to apple grower
Sagemoor Vineyards began in 1968 by Alec Bayless, who put together a group of investors to purchase the land. By 1972, Sagemoor, Bacchus and Dionysus were planted. It was the first large-scale planting in the state at a time when the Washington wine industry consisted of fewer than a dozen wineries
04/11/14
Idaho ag companies ask about new tax credit
An Idaho tax incentive bill recently signed into law includes the main elements of a previously proposed Ag Jobs bill that enjoyed widespread support from the state's farm community but failed to pass during the 2012 and 2013 legislative sessions.
04/11/14
Into the bog: Oregon's drought may affect crops
Oregon has water issues like most of the western U.S., according to Kathie Dello, associate director of the Oregon Climate Change Research institute at Oregon State University. Because the rain and snow falls from October to March, Oregon relies a lot on the snowpack and precipitation in the summer months.
04/11/14
Allan Brothers getting into the wine game
At the end of April, Naches fruit packer and grower Allan Brothers will purchase nearly 900 acres of wine grapes from Sagemoor Vineyards of Pasco
04/11/14
14 Hands wine gets own winery in Prosser
On Thursday, about 150 members of the wine industry raised glasses of 14 Hands' "The Reserve" wines to toast the brand's new Prosser home.
04/11/14
Smith-Madrone has new Oregon connection
The estate vineyard wines of Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery are joining the portfolio of Lemma Wine Company, which will handle sales in Oregon
04/10/14
Grenache a red wine with a bright future in Washington
Last fall, Washington winemakers crushed 900 tons of grenache - a small amount that makes this a grape made in relatively small lots. At nearly $1,900 per ton, grenache also was the state's most expensive grape variety overall, showing just how much in demand it is at this time in the state's history.
04/09/14
Privatized former state liquor store closes
All of those stores earned the right to sell spirits after the passage of Initiative 1183 in fall 2011. Following its passage, the state auctioned off its 167 stores, completing the process in late April 2012
04/09/14
Snoqualmie Winery Introduces New Sustainable Packaging
Snoqualmie Winery, Washington's largest certified organic vineyard in the state, introduces new packaging and an updated website (www.snoqualmie.com) for its entire line of wines. The first wines to feature the new packaging began shipping nationally in February 2013.
04/09/14
Snowpack, streamflows healthy in Washington
With adequate Washington snowpack the only water worries are mid-summer for orchards along certain streams if higher-than-average spring temperatures continue.
04/09/14
Atlas Bears the Weight for Smaller Buyers
The unwinding and dispersal of the nearly 5,000 acres of vineyard properties formerly owned by the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and its partners is complete. Napa-based Atlas Vineyard Management Inc. announced this week that it had acquired 683 acres at two sites in the Willamette Valley. The properties include the Cooper Creek vineyard, a 300-acre property just west of Monmouth, Ore., and Fern Creek, a 383-acre property near Dallas, Ore.
04/08/14
Weddington Launches Ferment Marketing, Departs The Oregon Wine Board
Dewey Weddington launched Ferment Marketing and exited his role as the director of marketing and education with the Oregon Wine Board (OWB) after nearly two years of helping to restructure the organization. Under the Ferment Marketing banner, Weddington will work with Oregon wineries, breweries, cideries and other craft producers to create, enhance and build their brand.
04/08/14
OSU selects experienced coordinator for Wine Research Institute
Mark Chien, a veteran viticulturist with previous ties to Oregon's wine industry, has been hired as coordinator of Oregon State University's Wine Research Institute. Chien's hiring allows Bill Boggess, the interim director, to resume his primary duties as executive associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Boggess will retain overall responsibility for the institute.
04/08/14
Canadian company buys more land in Horse Heaven Hills
A Canadian company that recently scooped up a fifth of the remaining prime land in Washington's smallest wine grape growing area is the new owner of two vineyards in the state's largest. Aquilini Brands bought almost 700 acres of vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills for almost $7 million earlier this week.
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