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07/29/14

Like a giant measuring stick in the desert, the dropping water level of Lake Mead, the nation's largest man-made reservoir, provides a vivid representation of the drought that is gripping the Southwest and much of the West.

07/28/14

Even after weeks of meticulously planning the crime, the two men who stole more than $650,000 worth of wine from Esquin wine storage in Seattle, last Thanksgiving are headed to prison

07/25/14

A Walla Walla product know for its stain release power is getting a spot on the shelves of a Dallas retailer famous for organization.

07/25/14

In Washington state, Syrah is not slowing down. Last year, Washington grape growers harvested 15,300 tons of Syrah, a nearly 30 percent increase over 2012 (which was a then-record high 11,800 tons).

07/24/14

Oregon could become the third state to legalize recreational weed

07/24/14

The fire in North Central Washington - largest in state history - has burned more than 380 square miles and destroyed at least 150 homes, according to the Wenatchee World newspaper

07/24/14

The wine industry is a stage cluttered with second acts. For aging TV stars and quarterbacks, a vanity wine label is de rigueur these days. As for hands-on winemakers, their backgrounds tend to run the gamut. I can think of vintners who came to Oregon wine from the forest service, modern dance, sculptor, ceramics and engineering, just off the top of my head

07/24/14

A recent study conducted by Washington State Grape and Wine Industry Education Consortium estimates how much all these aspects will increase in the future based on growth in the past.

07/24/14

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates enjoyed a 5% net revenue increase to $275 million in the first half of 2014, even as volumes registered just a 1.5% growth rate.

07/24/14

The 28th annual International Pinot Noir Celebration figures to draw hundreds of people from all over the world to the Linfield College campus the weekend of July 25 to 27.

07/24/14

Cities and counties have not received money from the state to support law enforcement and public safety, which was promised in Initiative 1183, according to guest columnists Francis Benjamin and Paul Roberts.

07/23/14

Walla Walla Valley AVA has a fascinating geological history

07/21/14

Washington's Wine Industry Foundation raised nearly $50,000 at its annual golf event appropriately called the "Wine Cup" last week at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland.

07/21/14

Red Mountain AVA Alliance and Trysk Print Solutions present the third annual Red Mountain AVA Block Party on Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New this year will be exclusive winemaker dinners (10 - 20 guests each) held on the Friday evening before Block Party.

07/21/14

As the economy and other factors take their toll on local restaurants, musicians are bringing their thirst to perform to the Rogue Valley's wineries - where they find the hours easier and the audiences more attentive

07/18/14

Seven wildfires are keeping firefighters busy in north Central Washington and causing the evacuation of 860 homes in the vicinity of Leavenworth and Plain.

07/18/14

The Idaho Wine Commission will use an $88,000 specialty crop grant from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to try to increase quality, awareness and sales of Idaho wine.

07/17/14

The Washington grape and wine industry continues to grow at a rapid rate, as vineyard acreage and number of wineries increase. Acreage has increased annually by nearly 5.5 percent and the number of new wineries has increased by more than 12 percent annually from 1999-2013.

07/17/14

Whether it's one winery's challenge of finding new ways to market its wines direct to consumers or the climate-change obstacles facing entire regions, wine producers no longer have the luxury of sitting back and tending only to their small piece of the planet.

07/16/14

Afternoon highs have reached 90 degrees or better for 11 consecutive days with a few triple-digit days sprinkled in here and there just to break the monotony. The worst of these occurred on Sunday when the Valley fried in a record-breaking high of 107 as recorded at the Walla Walla Regional Airport. This eclipsed the mark of 106 that had stood since 2002, making it the hottest July 13 since record keeping began here way back in 1930.

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