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03/11/14
Officials: Storms make Washington drought unlikely
"The worries are over for now," said Dan Partridge, a spokesman for the state Department of Ecology. "Right now, snowpack and stream-flow figures and all the indicators make it pretty certain that we won't have to worry about any kind of statewide drought."
03/11/14
Crook County Seeks Emergency Drought Declaration
A state advisory board is asking Oregon Governor Kitzhaber to approve an emergency drought declaration in Crook County. Should the Governor approve that request, Crook would become the fifth Oregon county to declare a drought emergency so far this year.
03/11/14
Oregon liquor, pot debate moves from Capitol to ballot
Groups are proceeding with initiatives that would put questions on the November ballot about ending the state's control over the liquor business and legalizing recreational use of marijuana
03/10/14
Columbia Winery is getting its groove back with Gallo
Nearly two years after the California giant bought the winery, we have a pretty clear picture of what Columbia Winery will look like. It is smaller, more nimble, more focused and poised for the national spotlight.
03/10/14
Five wineries to check out in the coming months
You can even plan some road trips and make a weekend of it if you plan ahead. Here are some ideas for your tasting calendar:
03/07/14
Brooks Winery Names Jessica Pierce Director of Wine Education and Communications
Prominent biodynamic Willamette Valley winery appoints Jessica Pierce to Director of Wine Education and Communications position. Bringing a vast amount of international experience in all aspects of the wine and food worlds to the post, she will focus on bringing the Brooks message to trade and consumers.
03/07/14
Record Harvest for Washington State
The numbers are in, and Washington state can now officially boast of what many predicted as grapes tumbled into the presses last fall: a record harvest, tipping the scales at 210,000 tons.
03/07/14
Idaho's having a wine time
The state's scrappy wine industry is on a serious roll. It now boasts 50 wineries, located primarily in the Snake River Valley west of Boise.
03/07/14
Horse Heaven Hills the driving force behind Washington growth
Certainly, Red Mountain and the Walla Walla Valley have emerged as Washington's trendiest wine regions, but the Horse Heaven Hills is the state's future, and it's already flexing its muscles.
03/06/14
February was wet in Oregon, but not wet enough
Heavy snow and rain in February helped Oregon's water outlook, but it wasn't enough to change the overall picture.
03/06/14
Oregon pinot noir gets a shout-out; record Washington harvest: Wednesday Wine Roundup
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.
03/06/14
East Oregon water situation tight
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.
03/06/14
Washington lawmakers fail to pass bill allowing small wine and beer shops to sell liquor
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
03/05/14
Troon winemakers start custom venture
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.
03/05/14
Fear and Loathing of Liquor Privatization Leads to Cherry Picked Data
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
03/03/14
AgWeatherNet Washington Outlook: Much Colder in the East This Weekend; Active and Much Warmer Next Week
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.
03/03/14
Squeeze on Washington liquor retailers spurs review of high license fee
State lawmakers spent last week looking at ways to address problems left from the voter-approved initiative to privatize liquor sales
03/03/14
Red blends are big winners in Pacific Northwest
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
02/28/14
Panichkul: Oregon chardonnay coming into its own
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."
02/28/14
National liquor group gives $100,000 to Oregon privatization effort
The money could help jump-start a signature-gathering drive when the campaign pushing for the law change gets an approved ballot title, said Pat McCormick, spokesman for Oregonians for Competition.
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