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.
This year commemorates the 30th anniversary of the approval of the Umpqua Valley AVA in 1984 and over 50 years of commercial grape growing in the area. It also marks the region's 44th annual Greatest of the Grape event, being held on Saturday, March 1 at the Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, Oregon.
A study of wine industry clusters around the world notes the role extension organizations have in facilitating the transfer of knowledge between government, researchers, and industry. But funding for that vital work has been under increasing pressure. Despite the wealth of taxes the wine industry generates ($17.1 billion annually in the United States alone), extension work itself doesn't generate a direct, measureable payback. It's work done for the public good-supporting residents as well as economic development-and the beneficiaries are increasingly being asked to pony up funds to keep it going.