Category Archives: Heard Through the Grapevine

Washington Wine Reports Smaller Harvest, Good Quality in 2020

As reported by the Washington State Wine Commission: Washington’s wine grape crop may have been smaller in 2020, but according to farmers and winemakers—quality is high. The Washington State Wine Commission’s annual Grape Production Report, compiled with information provided by all Washington State wineries, showed 178,500 tons of wine grapes were harvested in 2020, an […]

In Memoriam: Gregg McConnell

It is with great sadness that I write about the recent passing of Gregg McConnell: work colleague, friend, and mentor. Gregg had a long and illustrious career in journalism, most recently as President and Publisher of the Tri-City Herald and Editor of Wine Press Northwest Magazine. I met Gregg in Hood River, Oregon in 2014, […]

Candy Mountain Becomes Washington’s “Sweet 16th” AVA

As reported by the Washington State Wine Commission: The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published the final rule for the Candy Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) on September 25, 2020, making it the 16th AVA in Washington. “Candy Mountain is small but mighty,” said Steve Warner, president of the Washington State Wine […]

Royal Slope is Washington’s 15th and Newest American Viticultural Area

As reported by the Washington State Wine Commission: Royal Slope is the newest American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Washington. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published the final rule for Royal Slope on September 2, 2020, to officially define it as a designated wine grape-growing region. “Many of our wineries and grape […]

Great Article From Sean Sullivan Highlights Challenges Wineries Faced With 2019 Vintage

Check out Sean Sullivan’s recap of Washington’s 2019 vintage in a highly informative article on his Washington Wine Report web site. As consumers, we often forget that the quality of wines we drink can be traced back to prudent decisions in the vineyard. At no time was this more important than the 2019 vintage, which […]