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04/04/14
March rain, snow eases drought in Northwest
A wet March followed a wet February throughout the Pacific Northwest, further improving the water outlook for regional growers.
04/03/14
McKinley Springs Unveils New Look for Bombing Range Wine and Adds White Blend to Series
McKinley Springs, one of Washington's largest wine growers with over 30 years of winegrowing experience tending over 2,000 vineyard acres, introduces its new Bombing Range Red label and Bombing Range White blend. The wines were created to honor U.S. troops and reflect the property's history as a fighter pilot training ground during WWII.
04/03/14
V2 Wine Group and Hedges Family Estate Announce Sales and Marketing Agreement
V2 Wine Group of Sonoma, California and Hedges Family Estate of Benton City, Washington are proud to announce a sales and marketing partnership between the two companies effective immediately. Under the terms of the agreement V2 Wine Group will provide sales and marketing services and manage the distribution network of Hedges wines throughout the United States.
04/02/14
Oregon lawmakers urge feds to back off on 'wine growlers'
, the delegation wrote that the ruling "threatens to undermine the Oregon legislature's intent and the winemaking industry by requiring retailers such as grocery stores and restaurants, to maintain labels, licenses and records as if they were bottling wine themselves. Such requirements would unnecessarily burden these businesses and limit sales of these fine products."
04/02/14
Feds threaten Oregon's wine growler law, face wrath of congressional delegation
Complaints reached Washington D.C., where U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., spearheaded a united effort among the Oregon delegation to get the TTB to cut the new law some slack. They all signed a letter that said, in essence, Oregonians like their growlers, and why should the Treasury Department spoil the good times?
04/02/14
Why the Columbia Basin is wine-grape friendly
A free presentation on why the Columbia Basin is good for viticulture, or the growing of wine grapes, is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Hebeler Hall Auditorium on campus at Central Washington University.
04/02/14
French vineyard robot has a vine time in Oregon wine country
A shear-wielding contraption billed as the world's first robotic vineyard pruner put on a show to a rapt audience of winemakers and vineyard managers Monday in the hills above Carlton
04/01/14
Yamhill-Carlton is First to Create, Source AVA-Specific Bottles
"Lots of wine bottles today are imported either from Europe, China or Mexico. But the Yamhill-Carlton Winegrowers Association was committed to finding a domestically produced solution, and we're thrilled that Verallia, our domestic manufacturer, rose to the challenge," said Gillian Brennan of Tricor-Braun.
04/01/14
Foley Buys Oregon's Four Graces Winery
California investments continue north of border; Eugenia Keegan to manage Jackson's Oregon properties
04/01/14
Construction may begin in fall on wine-inspired development along Columbia Drive
Construction could start this fall on the first two buildings in the Port of Kennewick and city of Kennewick's wine-inspired development along Columbia Drive. In the meantime, the city is moving forward on a treatment system for waste water from the winemaking process. Such a system will help attract boutique wineries to the area, officials have said.
04/01/14
Oregon liquor privatization: Fred Meyer, Safeway kick in big-dollar donations
The money will be used to pay for signature gathering once the campaign gets the go-ahead, said spokesman Pat McCormick. Currently, the wording on the ballot is being challenged in the courts
03/31/14
Study: Water call impact on Idaho would be huge
The negative impact of a major water call on the Magic Valley's farming economy would be huge, according to a University of Idaho report. A University of Idaho study shows that a major water call could have a huge negative impact on the Magic Valley's agricultural economy and the entire state.
03/31/14
Crowds eat and drink as Capital Food and Wine Festival turns 25
Thousands sampled local wines, beer and food at the Capital Food and Wine Festival, which celebrated its 25th anniversary at Saint Martin's University in Lacey
03/31/14
Construction may begin in fall on wine-inspired development along Columbia Drive
In the meantime, the city is moving forward on a treatment system for waste water from the winemaking process. Such a system will help attract boutique wineries to the area, officials have said
03/31/14
Taste Washington patrons can help with mudslide disaster
attendees of the nation's largest single-region wine and food event will be asked to make a donation to the Red Cross to help victims of the March 22 mudslide in the Snohomish County town of Oso
03/31/14
Foley Family Wines Buys Four Graces Winery in Oregon
Third Major Wine Company Extends Reach to Oregon
03/28/14
Stores, cops both unhappy with liquor theft regulation
Retailers say reporting thefts puts them at a competitive disadvantage; law enforcement argues the rule lacks teeth
03/27/14
Oregon Institute Hires Program Coordinator
There's still no director, but come June the Oregon Wine Research Institute will have a new program coordinator: Mark Chien, who has served as the viticulture educator for Penn State Cooperative Extension in Lancaster, Pa., since 1999.
03/27/14
Couple turns hobby into new Washington winery
Six years ago, John and Angela Burgess of Washington, Pa., thought it might be a good idea to capitalize on their love of wine by making some of their own. So they stopped in at the A&M Wine and Beer Supplies in their town and bought several wine kits
03/26/14
Washington state wine industry's Clore center opens quietly
A long-awaited interpretive center for Washington's wine industry opened quietly in Prosser earlier this year. While the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center's building is complete, some finishing touches are needed to complete the center's ability to tell that story.
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