Scott Kelley and Dyson DeMara have spent much of their careers working at some of the world's most recognizable wineries, and their friendship now has them making wine together in Southern Oregon. This fall, they launched Paul O'Brien Winery in downtown Roseburg, and branding their new custom-crush project came naturall
King County Prosecutors have charged five people with liquor theft using little known laws targeting "organized retail crime." One of those charged is the owner of a long-time West Seattle business that investigators say was buying the stolen liquor.
The most telling statistic is from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, owner of Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, 14 Hands and several other Washington wineries. The company, which takes in about two-thirds of all Washington wine grapes, said its production will be up at least 10 percent this year.
Nominations are open for the 2014 Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame. Nominees are individuals who exemplify legendary status because of contributions and commitment to the Washington wine industry.
The most interesting new wine venue in Washington is Vin de Chez, a pop-up bar in a parking lot. It's the creation of Liz Bird and Tom Madrecki, two 20-somethings intent on proving that wine can be taken seriously yet still be fun. It also gives me the perfect excuse to discuss millennials and wine; after all, baby boomers tend not to drink wine in parking lots.
The new partnership, announced Thursday by nonprofit Washington Wine Country, waives vehicle rental drop-off fees for those who fly into Yakima, Pasco or Walla Walla, rent a Hertz vehicle, then drive it to one of the other two airports to fly home.