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09/20/16

Weather forecasters are backing off their prediction of a La Nina, which would favor cooler storms aimed at the Pacific Northwest. Instead, neutral oceanic conditions portend uncertainty in terms of weather throughout the West in the months ahead.

09/20/16

It was a fantastic object lesson in not just the misperceptions of less famous wine regions in the United States, but also in how, when experienced on their own merits, without the outside influence of geographical stereotypes to get in the way of the juice itself, wine from less-venerated places has the potential to surprise, charm, and ultimately win over otherwise skeptical consumers.

09/20/16

We recently tasted several examples of Northwest wines made from Italian varieties. The full results of our blind judging can be found in the latest edition of Wine Press Northwest magazine (and at www.winepressnw.com).

09/20/16

On September 15, the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce officially unveiled the new Woodinville Visitor Center in partnership with Woodinville Wine Country and the Sammamish Valley Grange.

09/19/16

Italy, one of the world's largest wine-producing nations (along with France and Spain), is home to more than 1,000 wine grape varieties.

09/16/16

After milking cows twice a day for 30 years, Southern Oregon dairyman Joe Ginet decided growing grapes and making wine seemed more appealing than ever. Besides, it was in his blood. And his family tree brought him an obscure red grape variety from the Rhône Valley to work with - Mondeusé.

09/16/16

This is a tale of new beginnings and helping hands. It's a tale of relying on your instincts and trusting those of the people around you. It's the story of JJ and Kelly Menozzi, and their recently established Aluvé Winery

09/16/16

Theresa and Fred Dielensnyder have been picking grapes for charities at Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards for years, and this year's charity has special meaning

09/15/16

The Northwest Wine Encounter is a weekend wine event at the stunning Semiahmoo Resort near the Canadian border north of Seattle. The second annual event take place April 28-30, 2017. The cost is $475 per person and includes:

09/15/16

Some Idaho water users are concerned about an application for a water right to irrigate new agricultural ground on the Eastern Snake Plain.

09/14/16

A rigorous assessment by independent, non-profit B Lab evaluates a company's performance as a force for good. Those scoring in the top 10% of B Corps across the world receive honors. A to Z exceled for community including such areas as employee diversity and support, supplier relations, community service, and charitable giving.

09/14/16

Although many growers expected an early harvest this year after temperatures soared early in the growing season, moderate temperatures during July and August allowed the grapes to ripen at a more leisurely pace. The result is that although this year's harvest is a few days earlier than the historical average, it's not as early as it was the past two years, when temperatures were more extreme.

09/14/16

Oregon Department of Agriculture has two budget schemes as state's finances are still in the air.

09/14/16

Agriculture is the cornerstone of economic development in Southern Idaho, fueling gains in manufactruring, transportation, warehousing and wholesale sales. But the area is also facing a labor shortage that challenges future growth.

09/14/16

As wine journalist Amanda Barnes travels Around the World in 80 Harvests documenting 80 wine regions and grape harvests around the globe, she shares a photo story from the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

09/14/16

09/13/16

These days, their business name reads Williamson Orchards and Vineyards. In a decade, it might be more appropriate for the family to change it to Williamson Vineyards and Orchards. Just 15 years ago, that would have been unimaginable for this family that began farming on the Sunnyslope region of Idaho's Snake River Valley in 1909.

09/13/16

One of the most fascinating developments in the past 20 years has been the intense interest in red Rhône varieties. For the most part, these wines include Mourvèdre, Grenache, Counoise, Petite Sirah and a few other varieties. But first in line is Syrah, the noble grape of the northern Rhône Valley.

09/13/16

The 2015 vintage reported 84,949 tons of grapes harvested. That denotes an increase of 8 percent, which snapped a streak of three consecutive vintages of double-digit growth.

09/13/16

A new program focused on conservation easements to protect farmland will seek $4.25 million from Oregon lawmakers next year.

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