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11/19/19

While women are underrepresented in the winemaking ranks in Washington, the country's second-largest wine-producing state, the story is quite different when it comes to its vineyards. Women manage some of Washington's premier sites, where they oversee the production of grapes that go to hundreds of wineries. Their shared experience and passion for grape growing bind them together.

11/19/19

The new AVAs, which should be formalised over "the next six to 12 months", according to Washington State Wine's Doug Marshall, follow a significant psychological landmark for the industry, which reached 1,000 wineries this autumn, having expanded from just 200 back in 2003.

11/19/19

Week three of Great Northwest Wine photojournalist Richard Duval's tour of 2019 harvest takes him throughout the Pacific Northwest wine community.

11/19/19

The 110-foot-tall grain elevator, the tallest building in the county, was home to the Madsen Grain Co. until 2003, when winemaker Ken Wright, a key figure in Oregon wine history, purchased it and turned it into a storage facility. A few years later, Doerschlag, who owns two vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley, was driving from town to town with his wife, Julie, looking for a location for their winery.

11/18/19

"For those of you with phylloxera in your vineyard, your good ol' days of self-rooted vines are probably over," said Doug Walsh, a Washington State University entomologist. Walsh and WSU colleagues are seeking funding for a research project to better understand phylloxera's biology and develop management techniques. WSU extension specialists Michelle Moyer and Gwen Hoheisel shared a presentation on how to recognize phylloxera and its feeding damage.

11/18/19

The new WeatherEye Vineyard comprises 50 blocks covering 30 out of the 360 total acres on the property (purchased in 2004 by former Microsoft executive Cam Myhrvold, Johnson's partner in the venture), and the vineyard does, in fact, take much inspiration from the Rho?ne Valley.

11/15/19

Identifying and managing phylloxera, a common grape pest that is popping up in Washington, dominated the presentations and displays Thursday at the 2019 annual meeting of the Washington State Grape Society in Grandview. An estimated 255 people attended Day 1 of the two-day gathering, which continues Friday at the Grandview Nazarene Church.

11/15/19

Alan Busacca, co-owner of Windhorse Vineyard, stands in Zinfandel vines near The Dalles, Oregon, in September. These Zinfandel grapes were propagated from vines that were planted in The Dalles over 120 years ago. Past meets future at Windhorse, where Busacca plans to nearly double his acreage, though the rest of the wine industry is cutting back.

11/14/19

Wine grape industry hits period of oversupply, lower prices.

11/13/19

The 28th annual included two sold-out events: the Big Board Auction on Friday, November 8 at Ponzi Vineyards, and the Grand Dinner and Live Auction Gala on Saturday, November 9 at Domaine Serene.

11/13/19

This intimate, invitation-only auction features wholly unique, small-lot wines from the Walla Walla Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA) and the region's sub-AVA, The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater.

11/12/19

Salud! The Oregon Pinot Noir Auction raised more than $1 million dollars Nov. 8-9, 2019 to benefit the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Tuality Healthcare ¬°Salud! project. The two-day event kicked off with The Big Board Auction & Pinot Party on Nov. 8 at Ponzi Vineyards, followed by The Grand Dinner & Live Auction Gala presented by O'Brien Winery Construction & Mechanical at The Clubhouse at Domaine Serene on Nov. 9. During the gala, one of Oregon's first female winemakers, Lynn Penner-Ash, received the 2019 Legacy Winemaker Award for exemplary contributions to the wine industry.

11/12/19

The transaction cements Anheuser-Busch's ownership of the Portland company that makes Widmer beer and several other well-known brews, including Kona and Redhook. Monday's deal values the total company at $320 million.

11/11/19

Winemakers Charles Smith and Brennon Leighton partnered to produce seven Italian-inspired bottlings.

11/11/19

The very first vines of the Rhone Valley variety were planted in 1986 at Red Willow Vineyard near Yakima.

11/11/19

Ste. Michelle is reloading with four new launches slated for 2020. Altered Dimension, sporting a "visual perception-bending package," will carry a suggested retail price of $15 for its Cabernet Sauvignon and $13 for its Sauvignon Blanc and rosé. Fruit & Flower Chardonnay will retail for $12 a 750-ml. and will also be available in cans. Liquid Light, a single-SKU Sauvignon Blanc, will sell for $13 a 750-ml. Finally, Ste. Michelle will extend Borne of Fire, initially a $25 Cabernet Sauvignon, to include a Chardonnay, priced at $17

11/11/19

The Backstory: Red Mountain wasn't much more than sand and sagebrush when the first vines took root in the mid-1970s.

11/08/19

The new 2,000-square-foot space, situated at 820 NW 13th Ave., offers visitors a comfortable place to connect over wine and light bites. "Portland is also the jumping point for tourists who are eager to come experience Oregon wines," says Cabot. "By opening our tasting room in Portland, our goal is to bring a slice of wine country to the city for everyone to enjoy-be it after work, on a Saturday afternoon, or as they kick-off a wine country vacation."

11/08/19

Oregon is in the strange position of having two representative wine bodies: the long-standing official one, and a group of upstarts who complain (politely) that the official board doesn't represent them. Mainly it is a clash between the Pinot Noir producers of Willamette Valley and growers and wineries in other parts of the state. As with most problems in the Pacific Northwest, it's really all California's fault.

11/06/19

The black-tie gala will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California on Monday, January 27th, 2020.

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