Wine buff shares the love with others at Third Thursdays with Chuck

Wine buff shares the love with others at Third Thursdays with Chuck
Tammy Ayer, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. (TNS) The wine grape harvest has begun in the Yakima Valley. Washington has 20 designated wine grape-growing regions known as American Viticultural Areas, or AVAs, and the Yakima Valley AVA was the state's first, established in 1983. Even with a variety of experiences offered by ...

Ste. Michelle becomes largest wine producer in Washington and Oregon with new acquisition

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Emry Dinmanm, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Wash. (MCT) Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, the largest wine producer in Washington, recently announced it has acquired A to Z Wineworks, making it the largest wine producer in Oregon as well. The acquisition includes both the A to Z and REX HILL brands, according to ...

This Army veteran learned to love wine while stationed in Europe. Now she’s running her own tasting shop in Virginia Beach.

This Army veteran learned to love wine while stationed in Europe. Now she’s running her own tasting shop in Virginia Beach.
Rekaya Gibson, The Virginian-Pilot (MCT) Tamara Hoggard stood behind a wooden bar this August afternoon, prepping for a party of 18 that would arrive at 4. Sunshine bounced off the blue-painted walls in her new shop, Tam’res Wine and Gourmet Shop, at the corner of Virginia Beach Boulevard and Newtown ...

Wine tech’s big problem: Algorithms may not be the answer

Wine tech's big problem: Algorithms may not be the answer
Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle (MCT) Wine and the Internet are strange bedfellows. I've been thinking about this a lot during the last couple weeks while working on two very different assignments about wine tech companies — one on the brink of collapse, one thriving. The first was about the ...

Winners of Wine Writing Contest Announced

Winners of Wine Writing Contest Announced
WebWineWriting contest was launched by a Hungarian wine writer, but the competition is not exclusively about Hungarian wines, the topics are broader, what is more this year a video category was added as well. The award ceremony took place last week (25 August) at Pannonhalma Archabbey Winery in Hungary, within ...

Q and A with Elizabeth Smith by Carl Giavanti

Q and A with Elizabeth Smith by Carl Giavanti
“Turning the Tables – Interviewing the Interviewers” is a Q&A series profiling Wine Writers. We hope you’ll discover more about the wine writers you know, and learn about many others. The objective of this project is to understand and develop working relationships with journalists. After all, they are the ones ...

Southwest Washington winemakers look for boost in business, identity with AVA application

Southwest Washington winemakers look for boost in business, identity with AVA application
Sarah Wolf, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. (MCT) To Jennifer English, wine is about place. Each glass tells the story of the land and the environment in which it was grown. Wine "is a representation of where it is," says English, owner of English Estate Winery in east Vancouver. Southwest Washington's ...

‘Wine tech is a graveyard of failure’: Napa startup lays off almost entire staff’

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Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle (MCT) A year ago, a startup launched in Napa that promised to revolutionize online wine sales. It boasted an all-star staff of industry veterans and soon announced partnerships with some of the most reputable wine companies in the world. Last week, in a startling reversal, ...

VML: Wine, Magic and Joy – Tasting With Winemaker Ross Reedy

VML: Wine, Magic and Joy - Tasting With Winemaker Ross Reedy
In the heart of Dry Creek Valley, on a 23-acre biodynamic vineyard and farm, two tasting rooms sit side by side next to the creek for which the Valley, a mecca for Zinfandel, is known. Welcome to VML and Truett-Hurst, two brands under one company. The outdoors seating here is ...

Why one ordinary vineyard may threaten the future of Napa’s wine industry

Why one ordinary vineyard may threaten the future of Napa's wine industry
Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle (MCT) By Napa Valley standards, Green Island Vineyard is an ordinary, under-the-radar plot for grape-growing. But the land in south Napa County is suddenly at the center of a heated political debate, with some worried that its fate could jeopardize the future of Napa's wine ...