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09/22/17

New research predicts that an increase in the frequency and magnitude of wildfires will double the rates of sedimentation in one-third of the West's large watersheds, reducing reservoir storage and affecting water supplies.

09/22/17

Jose Lopez had hoped to go to school when he came with his family to the U.S. at age 14. Instead he found a career with Results Partners as a vineyard manager.

09/21/17

Oregon Wine Board brings its Symposium back to Portland, highlighting advances in viticulture, enology, wine business, and two days of experimental wine tasting

09/21/17

Boise native Melanie Krause wowed the judges with her Cinder Wines 2016 Off-Dry Riesling. The graduate of Washington State University who trained and made wine at Chateau Ste. Michelle more than a decade ago said her participation in last year's international Riesling conference staged by her former employer played a role.

09/21/17

The report says EPA's Region 10, which includes Idaho, Oregon and Washington, had stopped or slowed work at 49 Superfund sites.

09/21/17

Oregon county's don't have authority to regulate hemp production because it's considered a crop under land use laws.

09/21/17

Worldwide MerlotMe Movement Engages Millions

09/20/17

A keynote speaker urges organic producers to step up and get more involved in research and legislation.

09/20/17

The rain forces firefighters to think about other hazards.

09/20/17

The Walla Walla winery's Cowgirl Wines has been chosen as the official wine of the Women's Professional Rodeo Association

09/18/17

Winemakers disagree on which grapes are susceptible. Roco Winery co-founder and winemaker Rollin Soles says no variety is immune if enough smoke is present. Quady says pinot noir, which for years has been Oregon's crown jewel, is "very susceptible" to smoke taint because of the timing of its ripening and the softness of the skins.

09/18/17

Among the most exciting developments in the Pacific Northwest wine country in recent years is the emergence of red Rhône blends, commonly called GSMs because of the three primary grapes in the blend: Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre

09/15/17

One product of Washington State University and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is taking over for another at Mercer Estates as Jeremy Santo has replaced Jessica Munnell as head winemaker. Munnell took Mercer to new heights during her 5 1/2 years as winemaker, using estate fruit from Horse Heaven Hills to wow judges at international competitions and help to grow the brand from 22,000 cases to 70,000 cases.

09/15/17

Burning now for a week and half, the Eagle Creek Fire is triggering new concerns among winegrowers in the Hood River Valley. How will all the thick smoke impact Oregon's multi-billion dollar wine industry? In his 17 years of wine-making in the Hood River Valley, Steve Bickford has never had to deal with smoke like he's been dealing with since the fire started.

09/15/17

"There is no fix for smoke taint and it is unpredictable due to the fact that it evolves during the aging of the wine," says Anita Oberholster, a chemist with the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. Oberholster says just 30 minutes of exposure to heavy smoke can impart smoke taint to grapes at certain times of the ripening cycle.

09/15/17

"Big wine companies like Jackson Family Wines and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates have started to buy in. This is not a bad thing, but it does bring with it the possibility, at least, that big companies will want to push tourism, and that land values will rise quickly ..."

09/14/17

Smoke from wildfires in the Cascade Mountains has plagued apple and pear pickers in the Wenatchee Valley and elsewhere in Northcentral Washington for many days. It maybe benefitting fruit more than hurting, but is making pickers' jobs harder.

09/14/17

Police say a Salt Lake City, Utah man has been accused of intentionally starting three wildland fires in central Oregon

09/14/17

Economic Development Secretary José Antonio Gutiérrez Jardón acknowledged that "wine culture in Mexico is undergoing a maturing process" and that the domestic market "has grown at double-digit rates in the last six years." But the road ahead is still long, he added, as domestic consumption of wine is a mere one liter per capita annually, whereas in some South American countries the figure is closer to six.

09/14/17

With the Eagle Creek Fire burning along the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River has been cloaked in heavy smoke for more than a week. The fire now covers roughly 36,000 acres and has been burning since Sept. 2. Fire crews don't expect to be able to contain it until the end of the month.

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