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03/22/19

The 22nd annual Taste Washington festival, March 28-31, kicks off in just one week. Voted one of USA Today's 10-Best Wine Festivals, Taste Washington features four full days of wine and food events with Seattle's hottest chefs, their friends from around the nation, and acclaimed Washington winemakers. Tickets are still available for festival events and can be purchased at tastewashington.org.

03/22/19

However people got the equation into their heads that lower winegrape yields equal higher quality wine, it's certainly a formula with staying power. But up in the Pacific Northwest, Patty Skinkis is doing her best to dispel the persistent myth, and in so doing, she's helping growers boost profits.

03/22/19

Several counties in Western Oregon and Southwest Washington issued burn bans Wednesday after firefighters battled dozens of brush fires. One of the fires reported near Stayton, Oregon Tuesday night, grew to 60 acres and prompted evacuations. People were allowed to return home Wednesday.

03/22/19

Legendary Oregon wine figures argued Thursday for raising the content standards for Willamette Valley wines to levels rarely seen around the world, telling a legislative committee the move would safeguard the region's high reputation. Their call was met by dissent from Southern Oregon grape growers, who called the proposal a solution in search of a problem and said some Willamette Valley winemakers who disagree with it are afraid to speak up.

03/22/19

Willamette Valley Vineyards (NASDAQ: WVVI), a leading Oregon producer of Pinot Noir, generated income applicable to common shareholders of $1,839,665, or $0.37 cents per share, for 2018, down from $2,289,730, or $0.46 cents per share, for the prior year, representing a $450,065, or 19.7%, decrease in income applicable to common shareholders when compared to 2017

03/21/19

The Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) has bolstered its ranking among the nation's largest charity wine auctions, landing third in Wine Spectator Magazine's list of highest-grossing live charity wine auctions in 2018.

03/21/19

An injunction against grazing on 68,000 acres in Oregon's Fremont-Winema National Forest has been dissolved after federal officials determined cattle won't impair a threatened frog's viability

03/21/19

Peha officially took over for Shelley Tomberg on Monday. Tomberg and managing director Melissa Pederson recently left after helping the Auction of Washington Wines raise more than $4 million in both 2017 and 2018 for Seattle Children's Hospital and Washington State University's wine program. The 2019 Gala is Saturday, Aug. 17 at Chateau Ste. Michelle.

03/21/19

This absence of man-made products and implementation of a near-century-old series of farming techniques has made Rudy Marchesi and his thriving winery a defining example of the growing, debated, and misunderstood practice of Biodynamic farming. Today, 45 wineries across the U.S. produce around 183,000 cases of Biodynamic wine annually and certification-whether Biodynamic, organic, or otherwise-makes a difference: According to a 2016 Wine Journal of Economics study, "ecocertified" wine increases a bottle's score by an average of 4.1 points.

03/21/19

Lisa Shara Hall, a senior editor for Wine Business Monthly for more than a decade, died peacefully at home on March 9, 2019 at the age of 66 after a long illness. Lisa wrote for the Oxford Companion to Wine, Decanter, and the Hugh Johnson Pocket Guide, and was the author of "Wines of the Pacific Northwest." Kirk Hall, Lisa's husband of 30 years, wrote this tribute ...

03/21/19

Feedback from the survey will be used by the Wine Research Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of Washington State Wine, to help prioritize which viticulture and enology research projects to fund

03/21/19

Friday, March 22 is the LAST DAY to submit your trials for inclusion at Innovation + Quality's Winemaker Trials Showcase on May 23, 2019. Share the results of your trials on barrels, closures, winemaking methods and more with your peers at the industry's premier conference for advanced winemaking.

03/20/19

For the second year in a row, Washington State University ranks No. 1 in USDA research and development expenditures. In the 2017 federal fiscal year, the latest period for which complete figures are available, WSU researchers spent $50.9 million of the USDA research and development funding committed to the university, leading more than 375 universities nationwide, according to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development Survey. The expenditures also set a university record, increasing by $8 million over last year's previous record.

03/20/19

WSU researchers received $50.9 million in the 2017 federal fiscal year, the latest period for which complete figures are available, according to the National Science Foundation's Higher Education Research and Development Survey.

03/20/19

New legislation would make it harder for a wine bottle to claim origin from an Oregon wine region, and give the state greater power to punish wineries for mislabeling. The proposals stem from a spat with a Napa Valley winery, but some businesses in southern Oregon also have concerns.

03/20/19

Peha officially took over for Shelley Tomberg on Monday. Tomberg and managing director Melissa Pederson recently left after helping the Auction of Washington Wines raise more than $4 million in both 2017 and 2018 for Seattle Children's Hospital and Washington State University's wine program.

03/19/19

The award-winning firm of Laurence Ferar and Associates has joined Soderstrom Architects to add a new winery and distillery design studio.

03/19/19

The Champagne Bureau, USA, announced today that 23,714,793 bottles of Champagne were shipped to the United States in 2018, an increase of 2.7 percent from 2017. This marks the sixth consecutive year of growth in Champagne shipments to the United States. Additionally, the value of these shipments reached more than $652 million (€577 million) in 2018, the highest of any country outside of France.

03/18/19

Spring in Walla Walla is always a time for rebirth. As winter fades, the bud break in Walla Walla's vineyards signals the start of the valley's next great vintage. Walla Walla's charming downtown buzzes with wine tasters, art lovers, and foodies, alike, and cyclists from around the Pacific Northwest take to the country roads of Walla Walla for an unforgettable ride through wine country.

03/18/19

Drawing on data compiled by Wines Vines Analytics, the latest issue of the Wine Analytics Report notes that Oregon and Washington lead the region with 794 and 787 wineries, respectively. British Columbia has 317 producers while Idaho is the smallest producer with just 58 wineries. All told, the region has 1,956 wineries, all but 53 of which produce fewer than 50,000 cases a year. The vast majority of these, 79%, produce less than 5,000 cases

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