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May 3  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue Great Northwest Wine
Maryhill Winery rises to the top in crowded Pacific Northwest
When Maryhill Winery opened 14 years ago, the Washington wine industry was much different.Maryhill was one of the first 125 wineries open in the state when owners Craig and Vicki Leuthold launched their winery near the remote community of Goldendale. Today, there are more than 800.

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April 26  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue Special to The Herald
Great whites, pinks from Great NW Wine Competition HOOD RIVER, Ore. — At last month's Great Northwest Wine Competition — the largest judging ever held of wines from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho — helped highlight some of our region's top white and rosé wines.

The competition, which took place at the Columbia Gorge Hotel, drew 1,204 entries. The top wine was Palencia Wine Co.'s 2014 Vino La Monarcha Pinot Noir Rosé from Washington's Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley. The...

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April 19  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue Special to The Herald
Judges find gold amid reds at Great NW Wine Competition
More than 100 red wines earned gold medals at the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition, which took place in late March at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Oregon.Wine professionals from throughout the Northwest judged the wines under blind conditions (they didn’t know the producer or the price, though they did know the kind of wine they were tasting.)

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April 12  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue Special to The Herald
Best wines of 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition A pink wine made with Washington Pinot Noir earned the nod for best wine of the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition.

The judging, staged at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Oregon, drew 1,204 entries, making it the largest judging of Pacific Northwest wines ever conducted.

Vino La Monarcha, a label for Palencia Winery in Walla Walla, took the top prize. It was the first time in the competition's three years that a red wine didn't win...

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April 5  |  
New documentary puts spotlight on Idaho wine
Idaho’s burgeoning wine industry got another boost in March with the premiere of documentary called “Idaho Wine: From Bud to Taste Bud.”The film, made by the husband-wife team of Drew and Rhea Allen, showed their film at the Sun Valley Film Festival to positive reviews. They hope to now bring their production on the road to show others across the Pacific Northwest what Idaho wineries have to offer.

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March 29  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue
Tempranillos rising in popularity across Northwest
As far as history goes, the Pacific Northwest has little in the way of growing Tempranillo, the noble red grape of Spain’s Rioja region. But our region’s grape growers and winemakers are quick learners.

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March 22  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue Special to The Herald
Winemaking couple produce same wine from same vineyard
It isn’t difficult to find multiple wineries making wines from the same vineyard. However, it is rare indeed for two winemakers who are married and producing wine for competing companies to make the same wine from one exclusive vineyard.

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March 15  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue Great Northwest Wine
Seven Hills Winery finding success across the border For more than a decade, Casey and Vicky McClellan had the only winery on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley.

But being in Milton-Freewater was a bit of a no-man's land. Seven Hills Winery was not a Washington winery, so it couldn't easily be involved in Washington wine events. And it was more than 200 miles away from Portland and the Willamette Valley and, thus, was virtually ignored by the Oregon wine industry.

So in May 2000, the McClellans relocated...

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March 8  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue Great Northwest Wine
Why whites are often less expensive than reds
White wines are generally less expensive that reds for a few reasons.First of all, the grapes tend to be less expensive to grow than red varieties, and depending on the variety (such as Riesling and Pinot Gris in Washington), the plant can carry a higher crop than reds — often twice as much.

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March 1  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue Great Northwest Wine
Though we are still in the final throes of winter's feeble clutches, we begin to think about spring and the renewal of life that it brings forth.

We also think about getting out of the house and stocking up the cellar. But knowing that tax day is on the not-too-distant horizon, we still need to keep our budget in mind, so we focus this column on value wines.

In the past several years, the Northwest has honed its reputation on being a premium winemaking region,...

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February 22  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue Special to The Herald
Young winemaker makes most of American dream Victor Palencia's journey is the story of the American dream.

Born in 1985 in Michoacán, Mexico, Palencia emigrated to the United States when he was 2 years old. His father wanted a better life for his family and came to the Yakima Valley, where he picked up a shovel and began working in the region's mint fields. Eventually, the elder Palencia moved into orchard and vineyard work.

While most high schoolers fill their after-school hours participating in...

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February 15  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue
Lake Chelan continues to develop in north central Washington The history of wine grapes along the banks of Washington's Lake Chelan goes back to the 1880s, but that all but disappeared until the late 1990s, when a soft apple market had orchardists thinking about a new direction.

And thus the region's wine industry was reborn.

Today, Lake Chelan still is not a huge wine region, but it is growing — and most importantly, it is changing the economics of the community it surrounds.

About 20 wineries now dot...

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February 4  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue Special to The Herald
Pinot Noir drives Oregon wine industry When someone says, "Oregon wine," the automatic thought often is "Pinot Noir." This is because the noble red grape of France's Burgundy region drives everything about the Oregon wine industry.

A new economic impact report shows that Oregon wine is worth $3.3 billion a year to that state's bottom line, up from $2.7 billion in 2010. It's also responsible for more than 17,000 jobs, thanks to the state's 600-plus wineries and 950 vineyards.


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January 28  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue
Pepper Bridge Winery is a Walla Walla Valley star
It’s hard to remember a time when Pepper Bridge Winery wasn’t around and among the Walla Walla Valley’s top wineries.Yet Norm McKibben launched the operation in 1998, making it the 18th winery in the valley. He quickly brought in partner Ray Goff, a veteran of Anheuser-Busch, and they hired Swiss-born winemaker Jean-François Pellet, who later also became a partner.Pellet’s wines quickly gained acclaim as among the best and most collectible in Washington and beyond.

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January 21  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue Special to The Herald
NW wines shine on America's biggest stage CLOVERDALE, Calif. — America's largest wine competition grew even bigger, and Northwest wines continued to shine on the country's largest stage.

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which took place the first full week of January in this town in northern Sonoma County, drew a record 6,400 entries from 23 states, and about 60 wine professionals spent four days tasting, evaluating and rewarding each wine on its own merits.

Overall, wines from...

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January 14  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue
A few of our favorite wines from 2014
In 2014, we evaluated more than 5,000 wines, and sorting through our favorites has been a fun task.We recently unveiled our top 100 list on GreatNorthwestWine.com and decided to share a few of the top wines. All wines were tasted blind, meaning we didn’t know the producer or the price until the evaluation process was complete.Ask for these wines at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.

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January 7  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue
Delicious whites from 15th annual Platinum Judging
Last week, we reviewed some of the top red wines from the 15th annual Platinum Judging, conducted by Wine Press Northwest magazine. This week, we take a look at some of the top white and dessert wines.

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December 31  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue Special to The Herald
Washington reds shine in Platinum Judging Every year for the past decade-and-a-half, Wine Press Northwest magazine has conducted a year-end competition. Called the Platinum Judging, it is meant to showcase some of the best wines in the Pacific Northwest.

To gain entry into the competition, a wine must have won a gold medal or better at a professionally judged wine competition somewhere in the world. This year, Northwest wineries earned more than 1,700 gold medals — with many winning multiple golds across...

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December 24  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue
Great reds for under the tree, on the table 
Christmas is coming, and that often means meals that are richer, more bold and more comforting — and this calls for red wines.During the holiday season, there are more opportunities to meet with friends and family during get-togethers, parties and dinners. The food served is often heartier, including roasted meats and vegetables, stews, casseroles, lasagna, ham and venison.

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December 17  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue
Woodinville’s Brian Carter excels with Washington blends
When Brian Carter decided to make his way back to the Pacific Northwest, Mount St. Helens had just erupted and there wasn’t much of a wine industry north of the Columbia River.But the Oregon native was determined to make his mark when he came to the Seattle area in 1980, and he has accomplished greatness in the decades since.

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December 10  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue
14 Hands a Washington wine phenomenon Think about this: A decade ago, 14 Hands Winery didn't exist.

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates created the brand in 2005 as a restaurant-only label. Consumer demand grew to the point that the company made it available for retail sales. Last year, Ste. Michelle converted Snoqualmie Winery's tasting room in the Yakima Valley town of Prosser to 14 Hands.

Today, 14 Hands Winery produces 2 million cases of wine annually, making it Washington's second-largest winery and...

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December 3  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue
Great value reds for the holiday season As we head into the holiday season, it’s always good to have a few bottles of red wine on hand for festivities, whether they be Christmas parties or New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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November 23  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue
Good, affordable wines for the holidays
As we head into the holiday season, we often find ourselves either attending festive events or putting them on ourselves.Thus it is always a good idea to have several bottles of wine on hand and, as such, to enjoy good quality at fair prices.During the past couple of months, we have tasted many wines that qualify as good values, costing $15 or less. Today, we take a look at a few white wines. Next week, we’ll dive into a number of reds.

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November 19  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue
Yakima Valley vineyard’s 100-year history
It’s a funny little vineyard that would barely qualify as a footnote in Washington wine history.But thanks to a friendly nudge from one of Washington’s true wine legends, Harrison Hill Vineyard near the Yakima Valley town of Sunnyside has received the recognition it deserves.Harrison Hill is owned by the Newhouse family, whose history with these 5.5 acres of vines goes back to the early 1970s. But grapes have been grown here for much, much longer.

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November 12  |  Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue
Columbia Gorge an exciting, dynamic wine region
One of the most excited but least understood Northwest wine regions is the Columbia Gorge.Officially the Columbia Gorge American Viticultural Area is a grape-growing region that crosses both sides of the Columbia River, surrounding the city of Hood River, Ore., and such towns as White Salmon and Bingen on the Washington side.But in reality, the region known as “the Gorge” extends from Troutdale, Ore., in the west to Goldendale in the east.

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