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09/29/14

The first system of the fall was impressive for some with near record or record rainfall amounts for Northern California, Southern Oregon into the Willamette Valley and along the Cascades. The system is slow to move out and will spin some unsettled weather over the whole region for the next 24 hours or so. Spotty chance of precipitation from the Bay Area northward with the probability increasing from the central Oregon coast to the Puget Sound area.

09/29/14

Ernie Loosen, owner of Dr. Loosen and Villa Wolf, talks to Katherine Cole about the joy of Riesling and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

09/26/14

Today, the Mercer family, led by brothers Rob and Will, owns 100 percent of the winery. In 2012, former Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Jessica Munnell took over winemaking at Mercer and is crafting stellar wines. She makes two tiers: Mercer Estates and the value-priced Mercer Canyons.

09/26/14

Not all in the Walla Walla Valley is as peaceful as it appears. It turns out there's a giant loophole in the law that Oregon wineries are able to exploit to market themselves as "Washington wines".

09/25/14

A red grape variety that has gained increasing interest in the Pacific Northwest rose to the top of the fifth annual Idaho Wine Competition.

09/25/14

Oregon's wine grape harvest is under way, and vineyards report high quality and heavy yields.

09/25/14

"My hypothesis is that the boundaries between different groups are fragile," she said, "and that it is a question of leniency and degree of adaptation rather than the nature of the variety when it comes to 'hydricity' or behavior in the face of water loss."

09/25/14

Cayuse Vineyards earned the top spot on the list of "Washington's 100 Best Wines."

09/24/14

In 2013, the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers estimated a crop of 213,000 tons. They were close; it came in at 210,000. This would be 20,000 tons more.

09/23/14

A row of women stood in wine barrels filled with Chardonnay grapes at the Willamette Valley Vineyards, their feet ready to stomp.

09/22/14

Oregon's 601 wineries and 905 vineyards are delighted as the early outlook for the 2014 vintage is prosperous. Ideal growing conditions in the spring and summer have the state's $2.7 billion wine industry poised for a potential record harvest.

09/22/14

Finalists would face off in the late afternoon for the grand prize - a trip for two to compete in the World Grape Stomp Championship in Santa Rosa, California

09/18/14

When the apple market collapsed about 15 years ago in the region around Lake Chelan in central Washington State, a handful of farmers decided to make the transition from apples to grapes

09/18/14

"Right now, it's a Chardonnay tsunami," said Bob Bertheau, head winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville. "All the Chard is coming home."

09/18/14

Plans are to dig into the base of McQueen to build a winery in the form of an underground hall surrounded by the spokes of long tunnels for aging the wines

09/17/14

Master sommelier Rajat Parr will serve as moderator of the fourth annual Oregon Chardonnay Symposium on March 14 at Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills.

09/17/14

Duckhorn Wine Company has launched its debut 2012 Canvasback Washington State Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.

09/16/14

The 2015 event will feature a technical session moderated by acclaimed sommelier Rajat Parr, followed by a grand tasting of more than 40 select Oregon Chardonnay producers.

09/16/14

Canoe Ridge picked their first green Chardonnay grapes Aug. 27, 14 days earlier than the Horse Heaven Hills vineyard's average

09/16/14

A new grape-sorting system with the brains of a computer is giving Columbia Crest winemaker Laura Sorge more control over the grapes that make it into this year's vintage.

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