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07/28/15

Both certificate programs are geared toward "small winery owners, individuals considering a career in the wine industry or existing winery employees preparing for advancement," according to information on the college's site. The programs include four core courses and two electives, which balance wine industry topics with marketing or management topics

07/28/15

The area continues to grow, with bigger players as well as small wineries. There are also parts of the Willamette Valley that haven't seen much, if any, vineyard planting

07/27/15

Washington vintner consolidates his winemaking while also putting a tasting room in the city

07/24/15

Willamette Valley Vineyards lost 12.7 tons of pinot noir grapes, according to the company's lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Polk County Circuit Court. The suit lists Five Cent Farm as a defendant.

07/24/15

The Wine Science Center (WSC), scheduled for its grand opening on June 4, 2015, was "designed from scratch," says Henick-Kling, and built with the users in mind: researchers, students, teachers, building maintenance, and other staff

07/21/15

There was extra reason for merrymaking in McMinnville, Oregon, at this year's International Pinot Noir Celebration, which wraps up this weekend: 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the planting of the first pinot noir vines in the Willamette Valley.

07/21/15

Like Syrah, Viognier tends to be a low-acid, high-pH wine, so finding one with good brightness can be a task. Fortunately, in cooler climates, Viognier can thrive.

07/20/15

While Oregon's wine industry is primarily dominated by the rich, white, and heterosexual, it's certainly not the only wine producing region to witness this trend. As recently as 2008, there were more than 6,000 wineries in the country, but fewer than a dozen were owned by African Americans. The African American-centered news site Atlanta Blackstar reports there are now more than 8,000 wineries across the U.S., and less than 5% are owned by African Americans.

07/20/15

Retailers and restaurateurs are becoming more well-versed in Washington wines as the segment grows, says Andrew Browne, president and CEO of Precept Wine. "On- and off-premise accounts have bought into the category-that's the litmus test," he asserts

07/17/15

Two of Washington's most accomplished and acclaimed winemakers are Chris Upchurch of DeLille Cellars and Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery. One fortunate young winemaker has had the opportunity to work for both.

07/17/15

USDA declares drought disaster in northeast Washington, where the outlook was relatively rosy last spriing.

07/17/15

The Peshastin Irrigation District, serving pear growers in part of Washington's Wenatchee Valley, is cutting back.

07/17/15

The Washington Supreme Court unanimously rules piece-rate farmworkers must be paid separately for rest breaks.

07/17/15

High temperatures causes some vines to shut down

07/17/15

You think of rich, white people"

07/16/15

Willamette Valley winemaker Ed Fus has depended upon distributors to sell his award-winning Angel Vine wines, but that ends Saturday when he opens Urban Crush Winery near downtown Portland.

07/16/15

Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says immigration reform is a top priority for the agriculture industry.

07/16/15

A ballot initiative that would overturn Oregon laws pre-empting local control over GMOs and pesticides was found by state attorneys to make overly broad changes to the Oregon Constitution.

07/15/15

"The weak wines were not much fun to drink, at least for me. The riper ones, even when they overdid it a bit (these wines were still in the moderate range-13.5 to 14.2 percent alcohol), tasted of fruit, and I wanted another sip"

07/14/15

Regardless of their origins, Primitivo and Zinfandel are becoming slightly more popular in the Pacific Northwest, with grape growers and winemakers working with the varieties in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.

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