Category Archives: Heard Through the Grapevine

WIT Cellars Purchases Gamache Vintners Location

[Prosser, Washington] WIT Cellars is bringing all of its operations under one roof, after five years of storing barrels at another winery and blending its wine offsite. Owners Flint Nelson, Gina Adams, and Cat Warwick are excited to announce their purchase of a four-acre property located at 505 Cabernet Court in Prosser. “This has been […]

Lummi Island’s Artisan Wine Gallery is a True Hidden Gem

When Rich Frye and Pat Hayes opened their wine shop about 15 years ago, it’s likely they envisioned it as a place for island residents and out-of-town visitors to gather, relax, and enjoy a little wine tasting. To put it mildly and metaphorically, they crushed it. Artisan Wine Gallery is exactly the kind of place […]

Outstanding Wines Earn Chelan’s Mellisoni Vineyards Winery of the Year Honors

This article originally appeared in the June/July, 2021 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine The transformation of Chelan’s Mellisoni Vineyards from small-town winery to one of Washington’s finest has been nothing short of amazing. When the winery opened its doors in 2010, husband-and-wife owners Rob and Donna Mellison were operating their tasting room from the couple’s […]

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, […]