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06/14/16

"People thought we were crazy, and a lot of time we thought we were crazy," Pearson said. "How are we going to survive in a little tasting room in this tiny town where frankly, most people drink Bud Light?"

06/11/16

Washington's wine grapes were picked earlier during the hot 2015 season. The result could be a stunning vintage of whites and rosés

06/11/16

Vineyards in the state were at risk of smoke damage due to last year's wildfires, which engulfed a million acres

06/10/16

An unseasonably warm winter and hot spring means the grape harvest date could be two weeks earlier than last year, according to Michelle Moyer, assistant professor and Extension viticulturist at Washington State University in Prosser, WA. That would put harvests about a month ahead of the regular schedule, in which grapes are generally starting to be picked in early to mid-September.

06/10/16

As of Thursday morning, the size of the Akawana fire north of Sisters and near Lake Billy Chinook was 1,930 acres.

06/09/16

Washington State University Extension specialist Steve Van Vleet offers a diagnostic clinic June 17 in Pullman, Wash.

06/09/16

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture received fewer applications than normal this year for specialty crop grant funds but the total request for funding was higher than last year.

06/09/16

Westport crafts 38 bottlings, including two ciders and nonalcoholic Riesling grape juice

06/09/16

Duck Pond Cellars, one of the Oregon wine industry's largest brands, has hired Trevor Chlanda from California's Napa Valley to take over as head winemaker.

06/08/16

The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance is delighted to announce dates for the wine trade auction, to take place April 9-10, 2017 in Walla Walla, Washington.

06/08/16

The event originally was called the North Central Washington Wine Awards. Marco Martinez, editor of Foothills Magazine, said the name change was to better reflect the region, as "Wenatchee" is more quickly understood geographically than North Central Washington.

06/08/16

Bayer and the aerospace technology company Planetary Resources, based in Redmond, WA, have signed a memorandum of understanding about the development of applications and products based on satellite images.

06/08/16

Growers lost millions of dollars in crops the Yakima Basin last season due to drought. They hope to get through this summer and fall with no water restrictions but it's iffy.

06/08/16

Washington mountain snowpack is going, going, going. Yakima Basin reservoirs, vital for farm irrigation.

06/08/16

After "combing through" existing enforcement laws for state agencies, however, the agency decided to first try using tools that are already on the books.

06/08/16

Oregon is contemplating a strategy change in its battle against noxious weeds.

06/08/16

Tad Seestedt knows a winemaker only gets about 40 chances in his career to perfect his craft. Each year, he gets one shot with the grapes he grew or bought. It seems those odds just weren't long enough. Seestedt's company, Ransom Wine, relies on one of the riskiest business models in the wine industry. He is constantly one insect away from losing at least one of his shots.

06/07/16

Records for high temperatures continues to fall and growing degree days remain in uncharted territory, and while climate researchers are optimistic for a cooling trend in the next few days, conditions for Pacific Northwest vineyards will return warmer than average.

06/07/16

Syrah plays a big role in the Pacific Northwest. Not only is it the third-most-popular red wine in Washington (and similarly popular in Oregon and Idaho), but it also finds its way into a lot of red blends. And this is important because not only is Syrah a delicious wine when it's on its own, but it also adds a lot to blends, whether the winemaker chooses to lead with it or just add a bit.

06/07/16

The 1,800 farms in Eastern Oregon and part of southwestern Idaho that depend on the Owyhee Reservoir...

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