PORTLAND, Ore. Oregons premier fundraising event, the Classic Wines Auction, announce it raised $2.42 million for its four benefiting local charities: Metropolitan Family Service, New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children-Portland and YWCA Clark County. More than 700 wine enthusiasts gathered at the Oregon Convention Center on Saturday night to raise funds for charities benefiting children and families in the Portland Metropolitan area. The total amount raised comes from many sources including event sponsorships (such as presenting sponsors Bank of America and US Trust), auction prizes, wine packages, attendee contributions and 45 winemaker dinners at local restaurants. We are tremendously pleased with the outcome of the 2012 Classic Wines Auction, said Heather Martin, Executive Director of the Classic Wines Auction. The generosity of our attendees, donors and volunteers enables us to assist over 42,000 children and families in our community in truly meaningful and impactful ways. The gala began with the silent auction during a pre-dinner wine and food tasting reception featuring more than 50 wines and six food stations. The main event was kicked off with a serenade by Master of Ceremonies James Curleigh of KEEN Footwear, followed by the live auction and five-course culinary feast prepared by top guest chefs and paired with wines from both national and international wine ambassadors.
BENTON CITY, Wash. -- The Red Mountain AVA Alliance board of directors recently appointed Heather Unwin as executive director.
Bergevin Lane Vineyards announced that longtime Washington winemaker Dave Harvey will be replacing Steffan Jorgensen at their Walla Walla winery.
OLYMPIA -- Construction for Washington State University's Wine Science Center could begin in 2013 if lawmakers pass the Senate capital budget proposal that would provide $5 million for the project.
LOWDEN, Wash. Woodward Canyon Winery announced today that winemaker Kevin Mott and sales director Thomas Woodley have become shareholders in the winery.
SEATTLE The Washington State Wine Commission today announced the hiring of Steve Warner as its executive director.
KENNEWICK Washington's largest wine company has pledged an additional $1 million to the Wine Science Center in Richland.
KENNEWICK, Wash. Wade Wolfe has been in the Washington wine industry a long time, yet he continues to be amazed by its sustained growth.
QUINCY, Wash. There will be a change at Cave B Estate Winery as its owners have scheduled an auction for their historic winery, vineyards, resort, restaurant and adjacent property near the Gorge Amphitheater.
Vicky Scharlau, executive director of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, recently was elected chair of the National Grape & Wine Initiative.
KENNEWICK, Wash. Anelare is closing its wine tasting studio in Kennewick's Southridge Village and opening a tasting room in Benton City.
KELOWNA, British Columbia Harvest for the ice wine cometh again in Canada's Okanagan Valley.
PORTLAND The Oregon Wine Board and Oregon Winegrowers Association announced today in a news release that Tom Danowski has been selected as the executive director of the states largest organization representing Oregons $2.7 billion wine industry.
SEATTLE The Washington State Wine Commission and Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau today announced the formation of a new partnership to produce Taste Washington, the nations largest single-region wine and food event held annually in Seattle.
Perhaps the latest and greatest way to follow grape harvest in the Pacific Northwest is via Twitter.
Much of the Oregon wine industry continues to reap the rewards of the 2011 "miracle harvest," but consecutive nights of below freezing temperatures in the Southern Oregon appellation took its toll on growers.
Abacela founder Earl Jones said proudly, "This is the wine we came to Oregon to make."
SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. Sunset magazine editors, celebrity guests and some of the West Coasts most talented winemakers gathered last week at the Sunset Western Wine Awards Gala to celebrate the best in Western wine.
KELOWNA, British Columbia The Okanagan Fall Wine Festival kicked off Thursday night with results from the second annual British Columbia Wine Awards, and several of the Okanagan Valley's most storied wineries received the top honors.
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A $5.5 million warehouse in Benton County is going to help Vintners Logistics better serve Columbia Valley wineries.
WILSONVILLE, Ore. Oregon agriculture leaders responded sharply to news this week that the House Judiciary Committee approved Chairman Lamar Smith's H.R.2885, the Legal Workforce Act.
SEATTLE Next week, the Washington State Wine Commission will bring 42 of the nations top wine buyers to experience harvest in Washington state first hand.
The creators of the screwcap for wine cited two of the Pacific Northwest's largest wineries with helping to educate and expand the world market for their Stelvin closure.
Harvest for the 2011 vintage reportedly began Wednesday in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.
PORTLAND The Oregon Wine Board issued a report today that shows growing optimism for the 2011 vintage.
LOWDEN -- Crush began at Woodward Canyon's Walla Walla Valley Estate Vineyard this morning.
Several weeks of optimal weather have buoyed wine grape growers' hopes for a strong finish during a challenging vintage.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank today announced a $1.25 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to Umpqua Community College of Roseburg, Ore., to build a small business incubator to support the viticulture sector.
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- While folks in the Willamette Valley are even less than optimistic about this year's vintage than that of 2010, the news coming out of Southern Oregon isn't nearly as dire.
Chateau Ste. Michelle announced today that it is promoting Raymon McKee to red winemaker.
SEATTLE - Washington's wine industry is kicking off its first promotional campaign in India.
OKANAGAN FALLS, British Columbia -- Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars, one of Canada's cult wineries, announced Tuesday that appointments no longer are required to visit its famed tasting room.
Ten farmers markets in Washington state soon will be able to offer wine and beer tasting, and managers at local markets will learn today whether theyll be one of the few.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The North American Wine Bloggers announced Sunday that its 2012 conference will be held in Portland, Ore.
PORTLAND -- The Oregon Wine Board released a mid-season crop report that has much of the state, especially in the Southern Oregon appellation, optimistic this vintage can approach levels of 2010 despite a less-than-ideal spring and early summer.
PROSSER -- Walla Walla's Myles Anderson, a winemaker and retired educator, has been named the 2011 inductee to the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame.
WENATCHEE -- The Wenatchee Valley Visitors Bureau announced today the launch of a new wine tasting center housed in the bureau's downtown Visitor Center.
WALLA WALLA -- A report released today indicates that wine production in Oregon has grown into a $2.7 billion industry.
BENTON CITY, Wash. As the weather warms, wine grape growers are getting a clearer picture of just how much damage occurred in their vineyards last year -- and they don't necessarily like what they see.
PROSSER -- The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser is having a grand opening today for its outdoor event facility.
RICHLAND -- Winemakers and grape growers think Washington State University's Wine Science Center is so important, they are contributing $7.4 million to get it built.
For the first time since the 1990s, Washington's oldest winery will have a tasting room in Eastern Washington.
OLYMPIA - Pest-tracking officials have begun hunting an insect that could threaten wine grape production in the Columbia Valley, the Washington State Department of Agriculture announced Thursday.
SALEM, Ore. The bill to create a Oregon Wine Country license plate passed the Oregon House of Representatives on Thursday by a vote of 48-11 after sailing through the Senate (28-2).
PORTLAND Steve Burns, a former executive director of the Washington Wine Commission, will take over on an interim basis for the executive director of the Oregon Wine Board. A wine board statement Monday stated that Jeanette Morgan had stepped down but offered no details.
DUNDEE, Ore. Torii Mor winemaker Jacques Tardy informed members of his wine club today that the estate vines in the North Willamette Valley's Dundee Hills are three weeks behind their normal growth pattern.
BENTON CITY, Wash. Owners of coveted wine-growing acreage on Red Mountain near West Richland will see Antinori Road extended approximately one mile to Sunset Road.
OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign a bill into law in the next few weeks that would legalize Yakima's Corkage Free Zone program.
Spring Barrel Tasting, when the Yakima Valley wineries celebrate their new vintages, will come a week early this year, April 15-17.
FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- In the moments following the March 11 earthquake in Japan, SakeOne President Steve Vuylsteke feared for the lives and livelihoods of his business partners at the Momokawa and Yoshinogawa brewing companies in the Aomori and Niigata prefectures.
OLYMPIA When Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the United States in January, the White House rolled out only the best. It turns out the best includes Washington wine.
CANNON BEACH, Ore. -- When two retired Kennewick educators headed to the Oregon coast last week, they didn't expect to learn that even a tsunami won't keep wine lovers away.
WALLA WALLA -- The Washington Liquor Control Board cited eight wineries for selling or providing wine to minors during a compliance check in the Walla Walla area.
KENNEWICK, Wash. Picazo 717, a Prosser restaurant that has been embraced by the Washington wine industry and relies on Yakima Valley farmers, is relocating this spring to Kennewick. The popular restaurant also plans to maintain a presence in Prosser.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - A limited number of Washington farmers markets would be allowed to offer samples of wine and beer available for purchase, under a bill approved by the state Senate.
MOSCOW, Idaho -- Stuart Scott launched his winery in Moscow, Idaho, not long before the U.S. invaded Grenada in 1983.
YAKIMA - A prominent Pasco farmer and winery owner pleaded innocent Monday to federal charges related to an alleged attempt to defraud the government of insurance payments for potato crops. And three other Mid-Columbia farmers face similar allegations.
KENNEWICK -- Happen by the Three Rivers Convention Center this week and you might notice the parking lot is filled primarily with pickups.
WALLA WALLA -- When the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office changed the locks at Whitman Cellars on Jan. 28, it effectively closed a winery that owed more than $2.6 million to the bank.
KENNEWICK -- Despite a year when weather rarely cooperated, the Washington wine industry still enjoyed a record harvest in 2010.
WALLA WALLA -- Two wine tasting rooms have opened off the lobby at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center in Walla Walla, providing visitors with more options for tasting wines in the city's downtown area.
KENNEWICK -- A hazardous gas leak at a Kennewick cork-making company prompted its evacuation Tuesday afternoon.
WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Sheriff's Office seized Whitman Cellars and closed the winery Friday.
PROSSER, Wash. -- Olsen Estates has scores of award-winning new wines to sell, but the bottles no longer are available at the Prosser winery.
OLYMPIA -- A pilot program for wine and microbrew tastings at farmers markets drew little opposition at a Senate hearing Tuesday.
Every January, Rays Boathouse Restaurant on Shilshole Bay in Seattle, Washington conducts its Retrospective of Northwest Wines Competition and Dinner. Now in its 24th year, this wine-lovers event has uncovered hidden gems from up-and-coming wineries, as well as reaffirmed the well-deserved praise earned by established wineries.
Pacific Rim Winemakers, one of the largest Riesling producers in the United States, is under new ownership.
Here are the results of the 2010 Tri-Cities Wine Festival.
Starting Dec. 3, it will simply -- and officially -- be known as Yamhill-Carlton.
PORTLAND The Board of Directors of the Oregon Wine Board (OWB), Oregon Winegrowers Association (OWA) and the Trust for Oregon Wine Education and Research (TOWER) announced today that Jeanette Morgan has been named executive director.
CALDWELL, Idaho Fraser Vineyard won best in show Monday at the Idaho Wine Competition for its 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.
SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- An outstanding wine is all about balance.
ROSEBURG, Ore. I only see it forecast by Accuweather so far, but they are calling for a huge storm next weekend, with rain in the 3-to 5-inch range for most of Oregon.
Perhaps no one in the Northwest keeps as close watch on his brand placement as Rick Casqueiro, "The Bubblemmaker" for Domaine Ste. Michelle in Paterson, Wash.
Editor's note: Cara Strickland, marketing assistant for Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, is a recent college graduate who has found her way into the Northwest wine industry. Here's a look at her path, in her words.
While Ryan Johnson is plenty angry about the wine grapes that were stolen off his vineyard on Red Mountain, he's most upset about what could have been.
For many Washington winemakers, the 2010 vintage is beginning to look like the worst of times.
PATERSON, Wash. - In the eyes of Ali Boyle, the namesake of Alexandria Nicole Cellars, her new vertical wind turbines "are absolutely gorgeous."
RICHLAND, Wash. -- Washington winemakers and grape growers are nervously watching the skies and vineyards as an already-late season is growing uncomfortably later.
More than 40 high-profile wine buyers will be coming to Washington in the midst of wine grape harvest.
DUNDEE, Ore. A number of veteran grape growers and winemakers in the Northwest hope the harvest of 2010 will replicate that of 1999 and produce wines of similar historic quality.
RICHLAND -- Washington winemakers and grape growers are nervously watching the skies and vineyards as an already-late season is growing uncomfortably later.
More than 40 high-profile wine buyers will be coming to Washington in the midst of wine grape harvest.
PROSSER -- Construction is expected to start soon on the next phase of what backers say will be the state's premier educational and promotional center for Washington's wines and food products.
WALLA WALLA -- Randall Hopkins, who co-owns Benton City-based Corvus Cellars, soon plans to relocate to Walla Walla to connect with wine afficionados.
PROSSER, Wash. -- Whether championing agricultural innovations or civic projects, Bud Mercer lived a life of unwavering purpose.
RICHLAND, Wash. -- The ground is broken and the permits are in place.
PROSSER, Wash. -- A destructive species of Asian fruit fly has moved into backyard fruit trees in Prosser and some Concord grape vineyards, but thus far has stayed away from Eastern Washington wine grapes, a Washington State University entomologist said Thursday.
SEATTLE -- Hong Kong and mainland China are developing a strong thirst for wine, and Washington and Oregon are hoping for a taste of those growing markets.
RICHLAND -- Washington State University and state wine industry leaders are stepping up efforts to fund and construct a 21st century wine science center in the Tri-Cities to meet growing research and production demands.
PROSSER — Guy W. (Bill) Powers of Badger Mountain Vineyard and Powers Winery and the late David Lake, the longtime winemaker for Columbia Winery were announced today as 2010 Legends of Washington Wine and will be inducted into the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame.
CASHMERE — The Washington Wine Industry Foundation was awarded $128,250 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program to build a Guide to Sustainable Winery Practices.
WALLA WALLA -- The executive director of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance abruptly resigned her post this week after more than four years on the job.
BOISE -- A $100,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration will pay for a marketing campaign and a study that could lead to creating the Gem State's second American Viticultural Area.
WALLA WALLA -- CreekTown Cafe, one of Walla Walla's quintessential Wine Country dining destinations, closed suddenly this week.
BENTON CITY, Wash. -- Your tablemates are almost always a surprise at Bella, an Italian bistro and wine bar in Benton City.
PROSSER, Wash. — A longtime Prosser farmer and civic leader who left his fingerprints on countless projects in the small Lower Yakima Valley town died Tuesday after an illness.
DUNDEE, Ore. — This fall, will Pinot Noir producers in Oregon's Willamette Valley be partying like it was 1999?
In the U.S., the abbreviation HST might hit home with fans of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
PROSSER, Wash. -- James Weisz of Prosser might struggle daily with symptoms of Asperger's syndrome, but that didn't stop him from drawing from his right brain to come up with a creative idea for a board game.
A Richland winery won best in show this weekend at the annual Washington State Wine Competition.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Kiona Vineyards Winery on Red Mountain won best in show for its 2008 Chenin Blanc ice wine at the prestigious Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition.
DALLAS, Ore. — Van Duzer Vineyards announced Thursday that Jerry D. Murray will take over as its winemaker on June 14.
DALLAS, Ore. — Van Duzer Vineyards confirmed today that winemaker/general manager Jim Kakacek will resign this summer.
CARLTON, Ore. — Last week, the Carlton Winemakers Studio announced that Robert and Ellen Brittan are taking over for Eric Hamacher as managers of the famed cooperative.
MOSCOW, Idaho — There are changes on the horizon for one of the Northwest's most remarkable operations.
KELOWNA, British Columbia — CedarCreek Estate Winery announced today that Australia native Darryl Brooker will take over as its head winemaker.
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. — Northwest wineries fared well at the 2010 Grand Harvest Awards, an international wine competition staged by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine.
Consumers still love their Washington wines but have adjusted their palates to match their pocketbooks.
Wine drinkers typically assume wineries are environmentally sustainable, an impression that is reinforced if vineyards achieve certification of that status from reputable consumer or environmental organizations, experts say.
Washington's wine industry continues to grow at record levels.
Joel Tefft hopes his new distillery now under construction in West Richland, Wash., becomes popular for those seeking something other than wine.
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Grapes from one of Washington's original wine regions won best of show Saturday night at the 31st annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival.
When Washington winemakers and grape growers looked at the forecast for last weekend, they saw a hard frost heading their way and immediately ramped up harvesting efforts.
PASCO, Wash. - Kent Waliser has spent recent weeks balancing his late-season apple and grape harvests, but last weekend's freezing temperatures forced him to shift gears.
David Lake, one of the most influential people in the history of the Washington wine industry, passed away Monday after a lengthy illness.
FINLEY, Wash. — Grandview brothers Andy and Bill den Hoed are prepared to release the first wines made under their partnership with Long Shadows Vintners CEO Allen Shoup and Leavenworth, Wash., winemaker Rob Newsom.
Harvest began slightly early at some Columbia Valley vineyards after the hot summer months rapidly ripened grapes, but several growers said they're pleased with what they're seeing.
A major California wine company soon will begin barrel storage and bottling operations at Andy and Bill Den Hoed's West Richland facility behind Washington's Red Mountain.
McMINNVILLE, Ore. - A legal battle over the departure of winemaker Tony Rynders from the Domaine Serene Vineyards and Winery is being closely watched by an industry that relies heavily on trade secrets.
Despite a tough economy, the 22nd annual Auction of Washington Wines still raised $1.5 million for Children's Hospital last week. The Auction expanded to four days of events this year, including Revelry on Red Mountain at Col Solare.
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Don Watts, a long-time Columbia Valley vineyard owner, is building a winery at Suncadia Resort in Rosyln, Wash.
RICHLAND, Wash. -- A Horse Heaven Hills grape grower is among the first suspected human cases of West Nile virus in the Mid-Columbia this year.
A key element in the future of the Washington wine industry is being developed at the Tri-City campus of Washington State University.
Three distinct climates plus a trio of varying soil types equal three syrah wines with different flavor profiles that reflect the characteristics of the land on which the grapes were grown.
A software glitch that has held up the delivery of an estimated 18,000 cases of liquor per day statewide is likely resolved, said a spokesman with the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
It justgot a little easier to open a winery in rural Benton County.
KENNEWICK -- A warehousing and transportation company that specializes in serving the wine industry is opening a temperature-controlled wine storage warehouse at Vista Field in Kennewick.
Legislators from Washington state and across the country have asked a U.S. trade representative to work with the European Community to allow U.S. wines whose labels contain terms such as "chateau" and "clos" to again be sold within the European countries.
BENTON CITY, Wash. -- This small town of 3,000 someday could follow in Walla Walla's footsteps if it finds a way to capitalize on the growing wine industry on Red Mountain.
PROSSER Twins Zachary and Angelina Bartlett didn't expect to manage a winery.
Walla Walla's loss is Bellevue's gain.
GRANDVIEW, Wash. - As a production supervisor for Columbia Crest in Paterson, Armando Pena knows all about how to care for grape vines.
PROSSER, Wash. -- Prosser Wine and Food Fair organizers have found a new home for this summer's event -- the Washington State University agriculture research facility just north of town.
After 28 years, one Washington winery is closing its doors - not for economic reasons but because the owners decided it's time to move on and do something else.
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Wine glasses in Jamie Adams' paintings look almost real enough to drink from, and the grapes juicy enough to eat.
OLYMPIA -- The state House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would require anyone using the Washington wine label to use grapes grown in the state.
RICHLAND — Board members of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center are on a mission to make sure the new Prosser facility is built just the way wine and related industries want and need it.
PASCO, Wash. -- Most people remember Bill Preston as the man with the vision to create Washington state's first destination winery.
Amid the buzz about the 2008 vintage and Washington's mounting wine successes, some attendees at the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers annual convention and trade show in Kennewick said they're starting to feel the pinch of the recession.
KENNEWICK -- The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers announced the election of new officers, board members and award recipients Feb. 6 during its annual conference at the Three Rivers Convention Center and Toyota Center in Kenneick.
Thomas Henick-Kling's self-described impatient nature may be a good fit with the Washington wine industry.
A dinner and auction to raise money for Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology Program brought in more than $180,000 in auction proceeds, ticket sales, sponsorships and donations.
The 2009 annual meeting and trade show of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers is Feb. 4-6 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.
KENNEWICK -- Sauvignon Blanc grapes that Paul Dolan once described as "insipid" evolved into premium grapes good enough to use in top-tier wines after he switched to organic farming techniques.
Look out Chardonnay. Washington's got a new top wine grape variety.
SUNNYSIDE -- One of Washington's first grape-growing regions has received federal approval to become its 10th appellation or American Viticultural Area.
A new self-directed viticulture and enology program has started at Washington State University.
David Volmut gave up his information technology career in the Midwest a few years ago to pursue his passion for wine.
BENTON CITY -- Bundled up in a red ski coat and black cap, Scott Williams holds up a frozen Chenin Blanc grape that's ready for pressing.
Don't fight the shopping crowds the day after Thanksgiving.
WALLA WALLA -- Wines from Reininger Winery in Walla Walla have been on store shelves in Japan and British Columbia for seven or eight years.
ZILLAH -- Put on your scariest Halloween costume and head for the hills, the Rattlesnake Hills that is.
PORTLAND -- Savor and delight in the flavors of the Northwest. Find that next great wine buy or discover a new restaurant to tempt your taste buds all at the Northwest Food and Wine Festival on Nov. 15.
Seth and Dave Portteus for several years have watched wine tasters chew gum while swilling merlot and cleanse their palates with beer in their father's tasting room at the Portteus Vineyards & Winery in Zillah.
PORTLAND - Pioneering Oregon winemaker David Lett, widely considered the father of Oregon's thriving pinot noir industry and a major force in winning worldwide respect for this state's wines, has died at age 69.
A cool spring worried Columbia Valley winemakers and vineyard managers, but grapes are ripe for the picking and the state's wine industry is looking at another record harvest.
PROSSER, Wash. -- Another new winery has popped up in Prosser, but there is no tasting room and wine lovers won't be able to even steal a sip.
Columbia Valley wineries are celebrating the 2008 grape harvest with wine tasting, food sampling, tours, art displays, live music and grape stomping.
PROSSER, Wash. -- Surrounded by vineyards lit by a golden sunset, longtime Whitstran farmers and brothers Larry and Dick Olsen celebrated 100 years of family history since their grandfather arrived in the Yakima Valley.
PROSSER, Wash. -- Another grape-growing family has made the transition to winery owner and will homestead at the Port of Benton's Vintner's Village.
PROSSER - For nearly a decade, the slim, dark wine bottles that hold Kestrel Vintners' signature wines have been etched with a falcon in flight.
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ operating profit rose 30 percent to $14.8 million in the second quarter, according to a securities filing by its Connecticut-based parent company, UST.
A Connecticut-based company is arriving in Kennewick, Wash., with a message for local wineries: "Put a cork in it!"
SALEM -- Willamette Valley Vineyards posted record profits last year, up 31 percent to nearly $1.7 million on $16.7 million in sales.
WALLA WALLA — Immerse yourself in the Walla Walla wine scene during Vintage Walla Walla, two days of wine tasting, seminars, cooking demonstrations and vineyard tours.