Category Archives: Heard Through the Grapevine

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 […]

After Last Summer’s Wildfires Chelan Wineries are Primed for Visitors to Return

Last summer’s record-breaking heat brought with it a number of devastating wildfires to Eastern Washington. The Lake Chelan area was one of the hardest hit, and a series of fires that began there in mid-August burned thousands of acres in and around this region known for its resorts, outdoor recreation, and burgeoning wine industry. Nearly […]

Bellingham Alive “Sips of the Season” Event Features Thurston Wolfe/9 Restaurant Food and Wine Pairings

Start with solid, flavorful Washington wines, pair them with carefully planned, expertly prepared small plates, and serve them to an enthusiastic group of food and wine consumers. These elements converged to make Bellingham Alive’s Fall Sips of the Season a smashing success at North Bellingham Golf Course’s 9 Restaurant last November. Thurston Wolfe Winery provided […]