Wine

Northwest Wine
5:34 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Northwest Wine Industry Matures With Appellation Milestones

The Walla Walla appellation will mark their 30 year anniversary in March.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 5:03 pm

Many of the distinct wine grape growing regions in the Northwest are celebrating 30 years since the federal government recognized them as appellations -- or distinct growing areas.

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Northwest Grapes
7:15 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Northwest Wine Grape Growers Brace For Cold Damage

Tom Waliser manages Pepper Bridge vineyard outside of Walla Walla, Washington. He's a bit worried about how this week's cold might affect his wine grape vines.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Northwest wine grape growers expect this week's cold weather to do some damage to their vineyards. But it’s not clear yet how much of next year’s fruit might be affected.

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NWPR Books
9:18 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Scratch 'N' Sniff Your Way To Wine Expertise ... Or At Least More Fun

Scratch 'n' sniff technology hasn't changed much in the last few decades. So the peach cartoon still smells artificial and not what you'll find in a glass of sauvignon blanc.
Text copyright 2013 by Richard Betts. Illustrations copyright (c) 2013 by Wendy MacNaughton. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 5:58 pm

Knock wine off its pedestal. That's the goal of wine expert Richard Betts. And he has come up with a brilliant way to do it: a scratch n' sniff guide to the aromas and flavors of the wine world.

With beautiful illustrations from Wendy MacNaughton, the 10-page board book looks like it belongs with your kid's toys instead of next to The Joy of Cooking.

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WSU Wine Science Center
4:31 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

WSU Breaks Ground On Wine Science Center In Tri-Cities

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 4:24 pm

Dignitaries and leaders of the Northwest wine industry braved a drizzle for a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday at Washington State University’s new Wine Science Center in the Tri-Cities.

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Northwest Wine
4:54 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Northwest Winemakers Ready For 'Intense' Vintage

Anna King, Northwest News Network. Vineyard manager Dick Boushey.

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 4:48 pm

Wine grapes throughout the Northwest are ripening faster this year because of the hot dry summer. Vineyard managers and winemakers are preparing for a breakneck harvest over the next few weeks -- if it stays warm.

This year Eastern Washington had record-setting heat in July, while Oregon had consistently warm weather. Growers throughout the Northwest are hoping for cooler temperatures so the grapes don’t race to ripeness.

The prediction is for more wine, deeper colors and higher alcohol levels.

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Wine Writer
6:24 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Well-Known Northwest Wine Writer Starts Wine Venture

Wine writer Paul Greggut’s newest venture -- Waitsburg Cellars -- is a partnership with one of the largest wine companies in the Northwest. He’s able to blend wines under his label from the company’s vast portfolio of vineyards.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

In the wine business one good review can mean a lot of money. Now, one of the most prominent wine writers in the Northwest is getting into the wine business himself. And that’s agitated some in the industry. Former Seattle Times columnist Paul Gregutt defends his winery in southeast Washington, but others see a conflict of interest. Correspondent Anna King reports from Waitsburg.

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Oregon Wine
4:37 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Oregon Could Expand Use Of Wine 'Growlers'

Kevin Mooney Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 4:33 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is on a trade mission in Germany this week. One item on his agenda is to promote Oregon wines at a major tourism trade show. Meanwhile, back in Salem, lawmakers are trying to make it easier for Oregonians to buy more of that wine.

The Oregon House Wednesday approved a measure that would let wine aficionados fill up their own container at a store or restaurant. The bottles are sometimes called "growlers."

Democratic representative Paul Holvey told lawmakers the law would put wine on an equal footing with beer.

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Northwest Wine Exports
7:20 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Northwest Winemakers Hope To Whet-The-Whistle Of China's Emerging Middle Class

Dane Narbaitz is Long Shadows Wineries’ national and international marketing director. The Walla Walla winery has recently begun selling wine in China.
Credit Photo by Anna King / Northwest News Network

Northwest winemakers are trying to whet-the-whistle of China's emerging middle class. Demand for wine is growing significantly there. And that’s drawn Chinese business delegations, restaurateurs and tourists to our region. There even may be a reality TV show that would feature Northwest wineries. Correspondent Anna King begins our story in Walla Walla, Washington.

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New Wine Science Center
5:18 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

WSU To Dedicate Richland Site For Wine Science Center

Grape vines near Yakima, Wash.
valoharth Flickr

Washington State University is known for its study of agriculture. This week, the university is dedicating a site that will be a research hub for wine.

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Northwest Winemakers Optimistic
4:43 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Northwest Winemakers Say 'Normal' 2012 May Make For Great Vintage

Scott Williams, Kiona Vineyards and Winery winemaker, holds a cluster of his Lemberger wine grapes. The grapes are going through a process called véraison where they change color from green to purple and start ripening.
Anna King Northwest Public Radio

Northwest winemakers say they’re optimistic that 2012 will turn out to be a great vintage. Many of the region’s red wine grapes are just on the edge of starting to change color and ripen. The timing of this color change is a good indication of the coming harvest’s quality. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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