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07/02/15

The noise component of the ordinance, which was the only one like it in Clark County, required wineries to keep their noise level below 50 dBC. That unit of measurement tests for a wider range of sound - the thumping bass of music, for example - than a dBA standard, which is used by the state. Clark County also uses the dBA standard in all of its other ordinances.

07/02/15

Portland's urban wineries seem unstoppable. Just after SE Division Wine Collective expanded its dining room to meet demand, Urban Crush announces that it will open its custom crush facility, tasting room, and lounge in inner Southeast on July 18. Urban Crush takes over the space formerly occupied by the House Spirits Distillery tasting room, which exited the building last fall. Renowned for its Aviation American Gin, House Spirits moved to a 14,000-square-foot facility, also in Southeast.

07/02/15

The drought hitting the West is not just striking the continental US. That same weather pattern that's sucking the life out of California is also making life hot, dry, and dangerous for the top third of North America: Alaska and Canada have seen little rainfall, soaring spring temperatures, and now, a record-breaking wildfire season

07/02/15

All United States wine consumers taste the bitterness of federal taxes when purchasing a bottle of wine, but those in Washington state sit about in the middle compared with others when it comes to shelling out for its state excise tax.

07/02/15

The legislation would authorize projects and money for the first phase of a plan developed to meet competing water needs in the Yakima Basin.

07/02/15

Extended periods of heat can reduce the yields of significant crops, including wheat, barley and canola.

07/01/15

Day was overworked, but she was also motivated by the prospect of continuing to make wine. And it was likely this positive attitude that captured the attention of two customers, Richard and Diana, who were dining at Little Bird while in town from Michigan, where they had grown wealthy thanks to Richard's shares in a residential hot water tanks company. But it was also Day's tattoo which caught their attention, and they asked what it meant

07/01/15

A real estate investment trust has bought a family farm company in Oregon's Willamette Valley and plans to convert much of its acreage to organic production.

07/01/15

On Sunday, temperatures reached as high as 113 in the heart of Washington wine country, beating a record that had stood since 1987. Temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees for at least the next 10 days.

07/01/15

Though Heather Unwin was executive director of the Red Mountain AVA Alliance for just three-and-a-half years, it was during what will likely be looked upon as the most important period of development in Washington's smallest American Viticultural Area.

07/01/15

On June 6, on the western shoulder of Red Mountain, I filled in three times that many holes with young and vulnerable Grenache vines. The 19th hole for this golfer didn't loom on the horizon until after a constant and clumsy afternoon wrestling match with arm-loads of green grow tubes.

07/01/15

Winds pushed a grass fire into the north end of Wenatchee, Wash., late Sunday, June 28, burning more than two dozen homes and several tree fruit businesses and causing the evacuation of hundreds of residences.

07/01/15

The proposed solar facilities would cover about 70 acres zoned for farming and produce a combined 20 megawatts of electricity a year, enough to power 3,000 homes annually.

07/01/15

Staff: standard was impossible to meet

07/01/15

In the third annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, a cabernet sauvignon from Walla Walla Vintners took the top prize with its 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Walla Walla Vintners is one of the region's oldest wineries, dating to the mid-1990s

07/01/15

University of Idaho researchers have been awarded a $163,000 grant from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to try to improve the performance of table grapes in Idaho.

06/30/15

After working for Mondavi during harvest, Rosenthal headed north to Seattle and ended up as a lab technician in Woodinville at Washington's largest wine company. He was there for four years before leaving to work in the Australian and Oregon wine industries. In 2007, Rosenthal was back at Ste. Michelle as an enologist. In 2011, he was promoted to assistant white winemaker, focusing primarily on Chardonnay.

06/30/15

Greater deductions and lower taxes are what wineries across the country will enjoy. Legislation in front of finance committee would reduce federal taxes on first 12,600 cases

06/30/15

" ... with 2009 ... I found six outstanding wines among 22"

06/30/15

"the new direction is progressive and trailblazing, beautifully reflecting the pioneering spirit"

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