Today's roundup provides some useful information when it comes to saving a few bucks includes a couple of words we never in our wildest dreams - or fears - thought would makes its way into our report. More on that in a minute. The numbers are in from Washington's 2013 wine harvest and they are impressive. The 210,000 tons of wine grapes clipped in the Evergreen State last year were up 12 percent from the previous year's record harvest, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The water situation in eastern Oregon will be particularly tight in 2014. A series of rainstorms has done little to improve the water supply outlook, Owyhee Irrigation District officials told about 200 farmers March 4.
A bill that would have allowed small, specialty wine and beer shops to sell craft liquors failed in a House committee. The law privatizing liquor sales only allows for hard liquor to be sold in stores larger than 10,000 square feet
Long-time Troon winemaker Herb Quady and Troon associate Brian Gruber are setting off in a new direction, but not leaving their wine-making roots behind. The duo has launched Barrel 42, a custom winemaking venture, at the SOS complex on Stewart Avenue in south Medford, a spot that the property owner says he hopes one day will be a tourist-oriented wine and food destination.
the study was less a study-as in something published in a peer review journal- than a PowerPoint presentation of preliminary data by long-term opponents of privatization and members of organizations that have a vested interest in preventing privatization
A rapidly evolving weather pattern will make for an exciting but difficult forecast in the coming days. Drastic weather swings are likely early next week, as eastern Washington quickly transitions from winter to late spring in a few days time.
The French, particularly in Bordeaux and the Rhône Valley, have known that for decades - even centuries. In the Pacific Northwest, particularly Washington, wineries have been moving toward more red blends for the past 20 years
Oregon chardonnays are finally coming into their own. As Harvey Steiman writes in the Feb. 28 issue of Wine Spectator, "the interplay of vivid flavors against a razor-sharp, mouthwatering balance has emerged as the signature style of Oregon chardonnay, while more and more versions hit the sweet spot of vibrancy and character."
Many of the distinct wine grape growing regions in the Northwest are celebrating 30 years since the federal government recognized them as appellations -- or distinct growing areas. Next up with a birthday is Walla Walla, Wash.
Washington snowpack levels returned to normal as a result of February storms, which is easing water managers' concerns. But soil moisture is still lacking following a dry fall, says Scott Pattee, water supply specialist for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Oregon wines have made headway with consumers during the past five years, but there is still room for improvement, according to experts speaking at the Oregon Wine Industry Symposium held this week at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. "One of Oregon's barriers has been distribution in the marketplace," said Christian Miller, proprietor of Full Glass Research and research director of Wine Opinions. Luckily, consumer perception of this problem is on the upswing.
The measure, which is backed by Republican and Democratic lawmakers, is in response to Washingtonians crossing borders to buy cheaper booze in Idaho and Oregon. Last month Idaho regulators reported that Washingtonians boosted the Gem State's coffers by $10 million
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register proposing to establish the approximately 3,770 acre "The Rocks District of Milton Freewater" viticultural area in Umatilla County, Oregon. The proposed viticultural area lies entirely within the Walla Walla Valley viticultural area which, in turn, lies within the Columbia Valley viticultural area
Todd Newhouse of Upland Vineyards in Outlook, Lynne Chamberlain of Spofford Station Vineyards in Walla Walla and Mike Means of Ste Michelle Wine Estates in Paterson were elected to the 2014 board of directors for the state's Wine Grape Growers Association.