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 […]

Washington Wine of the Week – Selections for Spring, 2021

For the week of June 13, 2021 : ROSE’! – Yesterday was National Rose’ Day and Washington has you covered on this incredibly versatile wine that covers all the bases in terms of flavor profiles and sweetness levels. It wasn’t too long ago that rose’ was viewed as cheap, sweet, and pink and most Washington […]

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, […]

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