Category Archives: Heard Through the Grapevine

Vineyard Location, Elevation Aspect All Work Together to Protect Vines During Cold Weather

Photo and story from Wine Yakima Valley: Owning a vineyard is like owning any other real estate: Location is everything. Well, maybe not EVERYthing. In viticulture, it’s not only where the vineyard is located; it’s also about how it is positioned. Elevation, slope and aspect (direction of slope south, southwest, etc.), play a critical role […]

Vancouver Wine Festival Offers Wine Drinkers Diverse Choices

This year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival focused on wineries from British Columbia and Canada and highlighted a wide-ranging array of choices from this relatively new wine-producing country. Both Western and Eastern British Columbia do a number of wines particularly well, with white varietals the clear-cut leader in terms of quality and variety. I attended both […]

In Memoriam: Scott Pontin

Scott Pontin passed away suddenly on September 26, 2016. Scott was a business operator and owner of Pontin del Roza Winery in Prosser. I met Scott at the very first wine festival I attended in the Tri-Cities in 1985. At the time, there were only a handful of wineries in the entire state, and the […]

Taste Washington 2016: A Rousing Success

This year’s Taste Washington was an incredible event! Washington once again did itself proud with an amazing array of wines from over 225 wineries that, simply stated, seem to get better every year. Add to this the terrific and personable winemakers, their staff, and distributors who helped serve wines at this year’s event and you […]

Vital Winery Launches Non-Profit Wine Label to Help Fund Healthcare for Vineyard, Winery Workers

WALLA WALLA, Washington (March 17, 2016) – Most wine regions in the United States depend heavily on seasonal workers in the vineyards and the wineries. Yet many of those workers don’t have access to affordable healthcare. Winemaker Ashley Trout has set out to do something about that in Washington State’s Walla Walla Valley. Trout recently […]