Wine

Agriculture
6:27 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Small Tract Of Northwest Wine-Growing Soil Attracting Big Outside Investment

Gewurztraminer grapes at Kiona Vineyards on Red Mountain. The winery founders were some of the very first to try growing wine grapes in the small southeast Washington appellation.

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 6:39 pm

Wine harvest is underway in a small growing region in southeast Washington called Red Mountain. The dusty wedge of earth has been attracting an increasing amount of investment from winemakers from Napa, Canada and even Italy.

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Business
4:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Ready For A Cold July 4th Beer? Data Show You'll Have No Trouble Finding Idaho Brews

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Just in time for the holiday weekend, the U.S. Census Bureau confirmed Idaho's love of beer.

New data show a national surge in breweries between 2007-2012, with the number more than doubling from 398 to 869. New jobs were created in the industry despite the Great Recession, and shipments of the cold brews climbed more than 33 percent in the five-year span.

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Agriculture
9:32 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Idaho's Wine Industry Continues To Grow

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The executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission says the state is getting national attention for its wines.

Moya Dolsby credits a $400,000 annual budget funded through the state liquor tax and wine industry assessment as well as enthusiastic supporters.

Dolsby tells the Lewiston Tribune that she no longer has to beg restaurants and retailers to try Idaho wines.

The state's wine industry has grown from a single commercial winery in 1976 to 50 today.

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Agriculture
6:03 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

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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Business
6:45 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Walla Walla Winemakers Go On Tour To Promote The Region

Wine barrels at Russell Creek WInery in Walla Walla, Wash.
Tom Carmony Flickr

The Northwest wine industry has matured to the point where certain regions are trying to set their wines apart -- think the Willamette Valley pinots, or Columbia Valley cabs.

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Agriculture
10:34 am
Sat December 21, 2013

In Oregon's Wine Country, Family Holds Onto Oak Tradition

Sarah and Ben Deumling stand beneath one of the many oak trees on their 1,300 acre property northwest of Salem.
Devan Schwartz Northwest News Network

The Northwest wine industry has grown tremendously over the last few decades. That’s had a big economic impact but has also changed the region’s landscape.

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Agriculture
6:27 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Northwest Wine Grape Growers Brace For Cold Damage

Snow partially covers the groud at Pepper Bridge vineyard nearr Walla Walla, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 3:50 pm

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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Agriculture
4:08 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Small Northwest Winemakers May Have More Juice To Work With This Year

Northwest winemakers expect an abundance of high-quality juice this year.
Trey Busch Sleight of Hand Cellars

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 9:23 am

Early crop reports from farmers say Washington and Oregon’s wine grape harvest appears to be up a tick for 2013.

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Agriculture
8:04 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Northwest Wine Is Poised To Do Well, Despite Climate Change

Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

The Northwest is well positioned to make wine into the future despite global climate change. So says a scientist who presented his findings on climate change and wine at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Monday.

Wine grape vines can be productive for decades. But how will climate change affect that? That’s the question Antonio Busalacchi, with the University of Maryland, sought to answer. He analyzed climate data for 24 prime wine growing regions throughout the world.

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Winemakers
7:56 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Northwest Winemakers Hope To Entice 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 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 the region. 

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Wine
2:06 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Northwest Wineries Latch Onto Online Amazon Sales

Northwest winemakers may be able to expand their customer base now that Amazon is shipping wine to more than a dozen states.
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This holiday season, Northwest winemakers are hoping to expand their customer base with a new sales venue. Seattle’s online shopping giant Amazon.com is now shipping wine.

Tom Hedges is co-founder of Hedges Family Estate on Red Mountain in southeast Washington. He says his family has only been selling wine on Amazon.com for about a week. It will take a few months to truly see if selling bottles through the site will actually pencil out.

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