On Jan. 28, 2011, the Walla Walla County sheriff changed the locks on Whitman Cellars because the winery had defaulted on more than $2 million in loans. Steve Lessard, Whitman's winemaker, now is focusing all of his attention on Corvus Cellars, the winery he owns with longtime friend Randall Hopkins. The two launched Corvus with the 2005 vintage and last fall moved the winery into an incubator building at the Walla Walla Regional Airport. In this interview, we talk with Lessard about Corvus and his experiences in the wine industry.
Esquin Wine Merchants in Seattle opened in 1969 and has grown into the Northwest's largest wine shop. Chuck LeFevre purchased Esquin in 1997 and moved it a year later to make way for the Seattle Mariners' new stadium. This week, we chat with Chuck and his daughter Alisha, who manages the store in Seattle's SODO district. They offer insights on wine trends, the economy and the challenges of selling wine online.
Mega Purple is a product that is widely used in the wine industry to darken the color of red wines. Most consumers know little or nothing about it, and the overuse of Mega Purple and similar products can change the flavor and aroma of wines. Dan Berger, Wine Press Northwest columnist, explains how Mega Purple works, where it comes from and how it affects wines.
Ron Washam, a retired sommelier from Southern California, is now a wine consultant in Sonoma County. He's also the notorious HoseMaster of Wine, a wine blogger (who actually retired his blog last summer). We chat with him about his persona as the HoseMaster.
We head to Cloverdale, Calif., this week for the annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. We meet with Bob Fraser, executive director of the largest wine judging in North America.
This week, we meet with Terri Delfino, proprietor of Delfino Vineyards in Oregon's Umpqua Valley. Terri and her husband, Jim, own and operate the winery, vineyard and bed and breakfast in Southern Oregon.
This week's Northwest Winecast features Part 2 of our visit to the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore.
This week's Northwest Winecast features Part 1 of our visit to the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore.
This week, we meet with Stacie Hamilton, owner of Hamilton Cellars in Richland, Wash. Hamilton, which opens this week, focuses on Malbec from Washington. The winemaker is Charlie Hoppes.
This week's Northwest Winecast features a visit with winemaker Bradley Cooper and Mike Raffan, proprietor of Township 7 Vineyards & Winery in Penticton, British Columbia.
Chicago native Mark Bodinet hasn't even turned 30, yet he's already worked in kitchens at some of the country's top dining destinations. This year, he returned to the Northwest to rejoin acclaimed chef Roy Breiman as they define Cedarbrook Lodge near Sea-Tac International Airport. Managing Editor Eric Degerman sat down with Bodinet inside the former Washington Mutual conference center. This Winecast is part of their Match Maker assignment for the fall issue of Wine Press Northwest.
This week, we talk with Ted Baseler, CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, which owns wineries in Woodinville, Prosser, Red Mountain, Walla Walla and Paterson, as well as Napa Valley. He talks about how Washington wine tourism has progressed in the past decade and what needs to be done to improve it further.
Over the summer, the Wine Press Northwest crew traveled to the Walla Walla Valley for a 10-year vertical of Sangiovese produced by Walla Walla Vintners. In this interview, we chat with Vintners co-owner Myles Anderson about his Sangiovese and how it compares with examples from the Old World.
Chuck Devlin spent much of his career in California's Paso Robles wine region, but 10 years ago he took the opportunity to take over winemaking for Ste. Chapelle in Idaho's Snake River Valley. Ste. Chapelle is Idaho's oldest and largest producer, and Chuck's wines are consumer-friendly, both in quality and price.
We chatted with Becky Yeaman, co-owner of Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser, Wash., during a harvest party a couple of weeks ago. She talked about some of their new releases, including The Geologist, a Bordeaux-style blend, as well as the challenging 2010 harvest.
This week, we talk with Andy Den Hoed, Allen Shoup and Gilles Nicault about The Benches, a dramatic vineyard in Washington's Horse Heaven Hills that originally was known as Wallula Vineyards.
Eric Degerman, Wine Press Northwest managing editor, spends a day with Kate Michaud, head winemaker for Covey Run Winery. The Washington wine giant has operations in Sunnyside, West Richland and Woodinville, and Michaud is coping with a challenging vintage.
This week, we travel to Chateau Ste. Michelle's red winemaking facility on Canoe Ridge in Washington's Horse Heaven Hills. Here, we learn about the MOG Monster, a new contraption that removes Material Other than Grapes. Josh Maloney, red winemaker for CSM, tells us how it works and why it helps him make better wine.
This week, we talk with Damon LaLonde, vineyard manager for Vinagium, a group of vineyards on Washington's Red Mountain that consists of 101 acres of land. The vineyards include multiple clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as other Bordeaux, Rhone, Portugese and other varieties of grapes.
We travel to Washington's largest wine grape vineyard to check out the start of harvest and chat with Goose Ridge Vineyards winemaker Kendall Mix.
This week's Winecast visits Destiny Ridge Vineyard, the 263-acre estate planting for Alexandria Nicole Cellars in the Horse Heaven Hills near Paterson, Wash.
This week's Winecast features Kristi Payne, who owns and operates Vintage Vine, a 3-year-old wine shop in Roslyn, Wash.
This week, we talk with Co Dinn, director of winemaking for Hogue Cellars in Prosser, Wash. It's been five years since Hogue switched most of its production to screwcaps from corks - and Dinn isn't looking back. During the visit, we tasted a five-year vertical of screwcapped Rieslings and a 2003 horizontal of Hogue reds, just to see how the wines were aging.
This week, we chat with Kendall Mix, winemaker for Goose Ridge Vineyards in Washington's Columbia Valley. We take a look at grapes in Washington's largest contiguous wine grape vineyard (1,600 acres) and talk about impending harvest, which is likely to start about 10 days later than normal. Mix produces wine for the Goose Ridge and Stonecap labels and also provides custom-crush services for a handful of producers, primarily Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.
Larry Gerelus and Linda Pruegger founded Stag's Hollow Winery in 1995 just south of Penticton, B.C., in the Okanagan Valley. Their 2009 Syrah RosÚ captured attention on both sides of the 49th parallel this spring by winning the "Best of" category in both the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival and the Northwest Wine Summit. Soon after, Managing Editor Eric Degerman visited with Gerelus and his winemaker Dwight Sick to talk about that remarkable pink and the rest of their program.
The Watts family built their vegetable empire south of the Tri-Cities near Paterson, Wash., but their holdings also include Zephyr Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills.
'Bargain' Bob Woehler leads us through a state liquor store to show some of his favorite buys during Washington Wine Month.
Eric Degerman travels to Idaho's Snake River Valley to visit the Orchard House, one of the great culinary destinations in Idaho wine country.
At last week's Riesling Rendezvous in Bellevue, Wash., we caught up with Etienne Hugel of the famed Alsatian wine dynasty. In this interview, Hugel chatted about the quality of Riesling and the variety's place in the world of wine.
We chat with Wendy Stuckey, who crafts white wines - particularly Rieslings - for Chateau Ste. Michelle. We caught up with her at the annual Riesling Rendezvous over the weekend and talked about the state of Riesling as well as her attendance at the first event three years ago that resulted in her being hired by Ste. Michelle.
This week, we talk with Marcus Miller, winemaker for Airfield Estates in Prosser, Wash. Miller oversees our 2010 Washington Winery to Watch.
Over the weekend, we caught up with Tom Wark of Napa, Calif., who has written his Fermentation blog for about six years and is one of the leading authorities about wine blogs. He was attending the third annual Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla, Wash., and discussed the state of blogging, his favorite blogs and why he changed the photo on his website.
Rob Griffin, owner and winemaker of Barnard Griffin in Richland, Wash., was awarded "Best in Show" for his 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon at this year's Washington State Wine Competition in Yakima. He talks about his winemaking techniques, vineyard sources and the state of Cabernet Sauvignon in Washington and the world at large
We chat with Ruth Anglin, who runs the Washington State Wine Competition in Yakima, and Paul Sinclair, one of the judges.
Earlier this year, managing editor Eric Degerman paid a visit to Walla Walla and visited the "cheeseheads" at Dusted Valley Vintners - Wine Press Northwest's 2010 Washington Winery of the Year. It made for a two-part series. This week, here is the more outspoken half of the winemaking tandem - Chad Johnson.
Earlier this year, managing editor Eric Degerman paid a visit to Walla Walla and visited the "cheeseheads" at Dusted Valley Vintners - Wine Press Northwest's 2010 Washington Winery of the Year. It made for a two-part series. This week, he presents his interview with co-winemaker Corey Braunel.
This week, we chat with Teri Citterman, columnist for Wine Press Northwest, blogger, author and award-winning wine writer. She talks about her inspirations for writing and some of the projects she is working on.
Catie McIntyre Walker, the Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman, takes us around Walla Walla, Wash., showing us where the locals like to eat. Take her suggestions to heart the next time you head to Walla Walla for a wine-tasting weekend.
We chat with Andrew Wenzl, winemaker for award-winning Abacela Winery & Vineyards near Roseburg, Ore.
In October 2009, Wine Press Northwest Managing Editor Eric Degerman spent several days learning about harvest and crush at Abacela in Roseburg, Ore. In this Northwest Winecast, he visits with vineyard manager Alex Cabrera, a graduate of Oregon State University and a native of Peru.
John and Judi Stuart, owners of Abbey Road Farm in Carlton, Ore., continue to their B&B silos. However, they are transitioning theirAgriVino Wine Center into a venue for catered winemaker dinners. They debuted earlier this spring with a winemaker dinner featuring Robert Brittan in McMinnville, Ore., and the Art of Catering in Portland. Brittan was the longtime winemaker at Stag's Leap Winery in the Napa Valley.
In Part 2 of our interview with Chris Figgins, CEO and winemaker for Leonetti Cellar, talks about Lostine Cattle Co., his new venture that will sell high-quality beef directly to consumers.
Chris Figgins, CEO and winemaker for Leonetti Cellar in Walla Walla, announces the launch of Figgins Family Wine Estates. This new winery will produce a single wine each vintage from an estate vineyard in the northeastern Walla Walla Valley.
We chat with Ben Stenn, the extraordinary chef of Celilo Restaurant in Hood River, Ore. Stenn and Celilo were featured as a Match Maker in our Winter 2009 issue of Wine Press Northwest.
We chat with David "Merf" Merfeld, winemaker for Northstar Winery in Walla Walla, Wash. Northstar is a Ste. Michelle Wine Estates property whose focus is on high-quality Merlot. Merf was a judge for Wine Press Northwest's big Merlot judging, which included 155 wines from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho. He talks about his impressions from the judging and on the state of Merlot in general.
We chat with Larry Lehmbecker, owner and winemaker for Vin du Lac in Lake Chelan, Wash. Vin du Lac is our 2010 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year. Larry talks about the future of the Lake Chelan AVA, including plantings of Riesling and Pinot Noir. He also talks about the restaurant business and the growing economic health of the region.
We travel to the Columbia River Gorge city of Hood River, Ore., to visit Celilo Restaurant & Bar, an establishment focused on local ingredients and regional wines.
Gina Davis is the winemaker for Davis Creek Cellars, our 2010 Idaho Winery to Watch.
John Little owns Rio Vista, a vineyard and winery along the Columbia River near Chelan, Wash. It is quite possibly the only winery in the Pacific Northwest (the United States?) with river access for boaters, including a tasting room on the beach.
We meet with Armin Diel, the famed German winemaker behind Poet's Leap. Poet's Leap is the sole white wine in the international consortium known as Long Shadows Vintners. The Walla Walla, Wash., winery brings in some of the world's top winemakers to craft wines from Washington grapes.
This week, we visit Coyotes on the Creek, a wine tasting room in Caldwell, Idaho. This is a cooperative between several wineries in the Snake River Valley.
Ray Einberger, head winemaker for Columbia Crest in Paterson, Wash., talks about how he found out his 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon earned Wine Spectator's No. 1 wine in the world last fall and the effect that award has had on the winery, the company and the state wine industry.
We travel to Brick 29, a Northwest-focused restaurant in Nampa, Idaho.
Central Washington University wine students take a field trip to Red Mountain in the eastern Yakima Valley.
Barnard Griffin's 2009 rose of Sangiovese won a gold medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition earlier this month. It was the Richland, Wash., winery's fifth consecutive gold medal (or better) at this California competition. In this episode of the Northwest Winecast, we chat with owner/winemaker Rob Griffin about the wine.
We visit Black Hills Estate Winery on the Black Sage Bench in the southern Okanagan Valley.
This is part 2 of Managing Editor Eric Degerman's interview with winemaker Pat Spangler. His opinionated, smart and amusing style make this a must-watch episode of the Northwest Winecast.
Wine Press Northwest Managing Editor Eric Degerman stopped by Spangler Vineyards in the Umpqua Valley this fall. Owner/winemaker is funny, opinionated and sure of the direction he's taking the former La Garza Cellars. This is a must-watch episode.
Wine Press Northwest Managing Editor Eric Degerman spends some time with Paul Gardner, owner/winemaker of Pentage Wines near Penticton, British Columbia.
Wine Press Northwest Managing Editor Eric Degerman explores the Inn at El Gaucho in Seattle's Belltown district.
We meet with Darin Williams, who runs Small Lot Co-op, a Woodinville, Wash., company that is a sales and marketing operation for small wine producers. He also runs WineNik, an alternative packaging for wine that uses Tetra Pak packaging.
Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser, Wash., has joined the large number of wineries opening a second tasting room across the Cascades in Woodinville. In this week's Northwest Winecast, we meet with Jarrod Boyle, ANC's owner and winemaker.
Dan Berger, a wine writer from Santa Rosa, Calif., talks to us about the International Riesling Foundation, which seeks to take some of the mystery out of Riesling by putting a sweetness scale on the back labels of Riesling.
We meet with Adam Schulz, general manager of CorkWest, a cork producer in Kennewick, Wash. The company is the only cork producer in the United States outside of Napa Valley.
Michael Haig, winemaker for Whitestone Winery near tiny Wilbur, Wash., takes us on a tour of Lake Roosevelt Shores Vineyard in the Columbia Basin. It's a fascinating location for growing Bordeaux varieties.
We catch up with Michael Haig, winemaker for Whitestone Winery near tiny Wilbur, Wash. Find out the story behind Wild Goose Bill Wine, as well as the winery's fascinating vineyards on Lake Roosevelt.
We meet with Bob Jankelson, owner of Tsillan Cellars in Lake Chelan, Wash. Jankelson has created a destination winery in the style of a Tuscan villa, complete with a first-rate restaurant on site.
We travel to Maryhill Winery in Goldendale, Wash. The 80,000-case winery is celebrating its 10th year, and we speak with co-owner Vicki Leuthold and winemaker Richard Batchelor. Maryhill is our 2009 Washington Winery of the Year.
A hard frost Oct. 10 affected a big chunk of Washington vineyards. We chat with Dr. Wade Wolfe, who came to Washington in 1978 and is the owner/winemaker of Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser.
Eric Degerman, Wine Press Northwest managing editor, spends a week working harvest at Abacela, one of the top producers in Oregon's Umpqua Valley. He spends some time with owner Earl Jones talking about Tempranillo, port-style wines and viticulture.
We travel to famed Cold Creek, an estate Vineyard for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. This site north of the Yakima Valley was planted in the 1970s and is famed for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Riesling.
We spend an afternoon with Todd Newhouse of Upland Vineyards. Newhouse, whose family owns Upland, was primarily responsible for getting approval of Snipes Mountain, a new appellation in the Yakima Valley near Sunnyside, Wash. Grapes were first planted on Snipes Mountain in 1917 by William B. Bridgman, and some of those vines remain today.
We chat with Alan Busacca, PhD., the scientist who was responsible for getting the Lake Chelan AVA approved by the federal government. Busacca talks about why the area is unique for growing wine grapes.
Wine Press Northwest Managing Editor Eric Degerman visits with Rebecca Gunselman, co-owner of Robert Karl Cellars in Spokane, Wash. Robert Karl is one of Washington's consistently great red wine producers, thanks to top fruit sources primarily in the Horse Heaven Hills and the artistry of winemaker Joe Gunselman.
We chat with Judy Phelps, winemaker for Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards in Manson, Wash. The winery changed from Balsamroot Winery because customers couldn't remember the name. The new brand refers to a local story of a brothel at Point Lovely that served miners across the lake. A local entrepreneur started a rowboat taxi service, hence the name "Hard Row to Hoe."
This week, we interview Ernst Loosen of Germany's Mosel Valley. Loosen is the German half of Eroica, the international Riesling collaboration with Chateau Ste. Michelle. In this interview, Loosen talks about how the Germans ruined Rieslings reputation and his quest to correct the world's perception of the variety.
Last week, Chateau Ste. Michelle conducted a 10-year vertical of Eroica, a wine that is revolutionizing American Riesling. We interviewed Bob Bertheau, head winemaker for Ste. Michelle, the world's largest producer of Riesling. Part 2 - next week - will be our interview with Ernst Loosen, the German side of this international collaboration.
We attend the inaugural Revelry on Red Mountain, an event at Col Solare that is part of the Auction of Washington Wines. We chat with John Bookwalter, chairman of the Washington Wine Commission, and Andrew Harris, a consumer visiting Eastern Washington for the first time.
We chat with Tony Race, who runs the Red Apple Market in Lake Chelan, Wash. The region is becoming increasingly well known for its wines, and Race talks about the wines and his selections.
Nk'mip Cellars, located just over the border in Osoyoos, British Columbia, is a showcase winery owned by the tribe of the name. The winery, pronounced "in-kuh-meep," produces some of B.C.'s most acclaimed wines.
Steve Burns was the executive director of the Washington Wine Commission during its rise in popularity and size from the mid-'90s through the early part of this decade. Burns now is a wine marketing consultant living in Sonoma County and still comes up to Washington on a regular basis to work with clients. We caught up with Burns while in was in Walla Walla recently to chat about his perspective on the Washington wine industry.
Wine Press Northwest Managing Editor Eric Degerman visits with Greg Lipsker, co-owner of Barrister, a small winery that has earned remarkable acclaim since opening in 2001 in downtown Spokane, Wash.
This spring, Wine Press Northwest Managing Editor Eric Degerman met Barbara Philip, who is hailed as Canada's first female Master of Wine as well as the first MW from Western Canada.
Eric Degerman, Wine Press Northwest managing editor, visits Daven Lore Winery, a small operation in Prosser, Wash.
Wine Press Northwest Managing Editor Eric Degerman attends the inaugural Savor Idaho, an event at Boise's Botanical Gardens that is similar in format to Taste Washington.
We catch up with Chuck Reininger of Reininger Winery and Helix to see what he has planned for his new tasting room west of Walla Walla, Wash.
Wine Press Northwest Managing Editor Eric Degerman attends a 10-year vertical of Oculus, a premium red blend produced by Mission Hill Family Estate in Westbank, British Columbia.
Stephen Reustle began making wine in Oregon's Umpqua Valley in 2004, opening his winery in 2006. He has quickly become known for Gruner Veltliner, a white wine rarely made in the United States. Reustle is our 2009 Oregon Winery to Watch.
We travel to Wine o'Clock Wine Bar in Prosser, Wash., a new operation run by Bunnell Family Cellar. It provides wine, pizza (baked in a brick oven) and more and is located in the Vintners Village.
We meet with Hagen and Roland Kruger, the brothers who run Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. Wild Goose, famous for its amazing white wines, is our 2009 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year.
We chat with Charlie Hoppes, owner/winemaker for Fidelitas Wines on Washington's Red Mountain. The veteran Washington winemaker has planted a three-acre estate vineyard with longtime Yakima Valley winemaker Dick Boushey.
We catch up with Brooke Blair and Derek Kontkanen, winemakers for Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estates in Oliver, B.C. Jackson-Triggs has a rich history of producing wines of astonishing quality.
Bitner Vineyards in the Snake River Valley is our 2009 Idaho Winery of the Year.
Wine Press Northwest Managing Editor attends the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival tasting and runs into a number of Oregon and Washington winemakers who headed north to pour their wines in British Columbia.
On March 28-29, the Washington State Convention & Trade Center played host to the second annual Seattle Green Festival, a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America. Snoqualmie Vineyards of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates continues to market its "Naked" line of wines from organically produced grapes at "green" events. Managing Editor Eric Degerman caught up with Ste. Michelle's Gracie Doyle, who was pouring Joy Andersen's wines inside the organic beer and wine garden. Snoqualmie was the only Northwest wine featured at the event. Later that day, Alice Waters, founder of the acclaimed Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Calif., delivered a keynote presentation at the festival.
Last month, Managing Editor Eric Degerman traveled to British Columbia for the 31st Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. More than 1,600 wines, 180 wineries and 15 countries were represented, but this was the first time in the event's history that B.C. was the featured region. The question posed to several B.C. winemakers was, "Is the timing right or is it about time?"
We travel to Cave B Estate Winery in Washington's Columbia Basin, near the famous Gorge at George Amphitheatre (started by the owners of Cave B). This destination winery near the town of George, Wash., includes lodging (the Cave B Inn), a spa and a restaurant (Tendrils).
We head to the Snake River Valley to meet with the owners of Cinder, our 2009 Idaho Winery to Watch.
We visit Saint Laurent Winery in Malaga, Wash. This winery in the Columbia Cascade region of Washington is one of the state's up-and-coming producers, earning our Washington Winery to Watch award in 2007. We visit with owner Mike Mrachek in this interview.
This week's Winecast features British Columbia wine writer Julianna Hayes. Last month, Managing Editor Eric Degerman traveled to the Okanagan Valley and judged wines with Hayes. She is a columnist for newspapers in the Okanagan Valley, a college educator and commentator for CBC Radio. The interview was conducted at Mystic River Vineyard in Oliver, B.C., an estate site for Wild Goose Vineyards and home to the winery's guest cottage. A review of her new pocket guide, "Okanagan Wine," appears in the Spring 2009 issue of Wine Press Northwest.
Wine Press Northwest Managing Editor Eric Degerman travels to the Tri-State Distributors showroom in Kent, Wash., and meets with Richard Sundene. He is the Northwest representative for U-Line Corp., a company founded in 1962, based in Milwaukee, Wisc.., and creator of the Wine Captain. Wine Press Northwest uses a U-Line Wine Captain to store wines for its weekly Recent Releases judgings.
Wine Press Northwest travels to the Wenatchee Valley to visit Chateau Faire le Pont.
We visit Nectar Restaurant & Wine Bar in Moscow, Idaho.
We catch up with Thomas Henick-Kling, director of Washington State University's viticulture and enology program.
We travel to the Wenatchee Winter Wine Gala in north-central Washington.
We chat with Jerry Shriver, wine and travel writer for USA Today for his take on the state of Pacific Northwest wines.
We chat with Jon BonnÚ, wine editor for the San Francisco Chronicle about how Northwest wines fit into the newspaper's tastings.
We travel to Gig Harbor, Wash., to visit Brix 25.
Eric Degerman, Wine Press Northwest managing editor, caught up with Keith Brown, vice president of winemaking for Vincor Canada, which oversees many of British Columbias top wineries. See his interview in this weeks Northwest Winecast.
We travel to the Dundee Bistro in Dundee, Ore. This restaurant is owned by the Ponzi family.
Wine Press Northwest Managing Editor Eric Degerman visits Kestrel Vintners in Prosser, Wash., for its benefit for the Raptor House in the Yakima Valley.
We meet with Jim Englar of Dry Falls Cellars, a new winery in Moses Lake, Wash.
We travel to Moses Lake, Wash., to meet with Kyra Baerlocher, winemaker for Kyra Wines.
Eric Degerman travels to Newberg, Ore., for the annual release party at Prive Vineyard, a tiny producer of Pinot Noir. He chats with Tina Hammond, who runs the operation with her husband, Mark.
We chat with Christopher Sagadin of Yoke's Fresh Market in West Richland, Wash., about pairing wines with holiday meals.
We chat with Wilfred Wong and Dan Berger, two top California wine judges, while they're in Washington for a wine competition.
We attend a tasting in Walla Walla, Wash., comparing Northstar Merlot and Chateau Petrus from the 2004 vintage.
We meet with Greg Jones, an expert in global climate change as it relates to viticulture and winemaking. He is a professor at Southern Oregon University and is the son of Earl Jones, owner of Abacela Winery in Roseburg, Ore.
We catch up with winemaker and owner John Bookwalter at his eponymous winery in Richland, Wash., as he sorts Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Washington's Horse Heaven Hills.
On Oct. 8, Managing Editor Eric Degerman caught up with Covey Run winemaker Kate Michaud while she looked over her hanging crop of Riesling at Art den Hoed's eponymous 250-acre vineyard overlooking Sunnyside, Wash., in the Yakima Valley. Michaud is in the middle of her second crush as the head winemaker at Covey Run in Zillah. In 2007, she resigned as assistant winemaker at Walla Walla's Canoe Ridge Vineyard to succeed Kerry Norton at Covey Run. Norton was promoted to replace winemaking great David Lake at Columbia Winery. Earlier this year, both wineries were sold by Constellation Brands to Ascentia Wine Estates in California.
We catch up with Gino Cuneo of Tre Nova. His winery is in Carlton, Ore., but all of his grapes come from Washington's Columbia Valley. We talk about a special wine he produces.
Wine Press Northwest correspondent Ingrid Stegemoeller reports from Wallula Vineyard in Washington's Horse Heaven Hills.
Recently, I headed into Washingto's Horse Heaven Hills with Wade Wolfe of Thurston Wolfe in Prosser. He was walking three vineyards to check on his grapes: Zephyr Ridge, Andrews and Destiny Ridge. In this week's Northwest Winecast, Wolfe talks about Zinfandel, Lemberger, Primitivo, Petite Sirah and other grapes as he walks through rows to gather samples.
Managing Editor Eric Degerman visited Prosser and Snoqualmie Vineyard's inaugural Greener Living & Harvest Celebration. The free event featured winemaker Joy Andersen's line of organically produced "Naked" wines and food by chef Frank Magana, owner of Prosser's new Picazo 717 Restaurant. Other "green" vendors at the fair included ApresVin of Prosser and Seattle-based Wine Bottles Designs. Terri Cloonan's new company creates glass jewelry from empty Snoqualmie bottles.
We chat with Braiden Rex-Johnson, columnist for Wine Press Northwest and cookbook author, about her latest book, Pacific Northwest Wining & Dining, which delves into Northwest wine country cuisine.
We visit with Denise Slattery, one of three Walla Walla Community College enology grads who launched Trio Vintners at the Walla Walla airport.
We chat with Rob Griffin, owner/winemaker for Barnard Griffin in Richland, Wash. He talks about the Pinot Gris he is bringing it to kick off harvest.
There are a number of restaurants in Hood River, Ore., featuring Northwest wines, but none of them combine the food, wine and scenery as well as Jim Dey's 3 Rivers Grill. In this week's Northwest WineCast, the 2007 Match Maker gives us a tour of the restaurant that he and launched with his wife, Courtenay Becker Dey -- who won an Olympic bronze medal in sailing for the U.S. at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
We visit Ron Bitner of Bitner Vineyards in Idaho's Snake River Valley.
We chat with winemaker Jessica Munnell after our panel tastes through more than 75 Italian red varieties from the Pacific Northwest, including Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Primitivo and more.
We take a look inside El Gaucho in Portland to talk about wine, cigars and 50-ounce steaks.
We catch up with Ernst Loosen and others at the annual Riesling Rendezvous at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash.
We visit Primo Grill in Tacoma, Wash.