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Brian McCormick, inside the new wine production area at Idiot’s Grace.

Fool’s Gold

Gorge winegrower experiments, wins at Idiot’s Grace

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Branching Out

Winemaker grows brand in Columbia Gorge

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Gorge Wine Guides

Hood River restaurant promotes region and beyond

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Patrik and Tess Barr stand behind the bar made from timber gathered from their Hood River property. ##Photo provided by Hood Crest

Old Logs, New Digs

Timber from sick trees creates cool setting

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Jill House cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of Stave & Stone’s tasting room in Hood River. Family and friends joined in on the celebration. ##Photo provided

Fruits of Labor

Inherited orchard transforms into vineyard venture

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A chicken coop in the vineyard is busy with life. The integration of animals is important to Hiyu’s farming philosophy. ##Photo Provided

Hello, Hiyu!

Goodbye, Pheasant Valley

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Kelly Johnson sells her wines out of Tetrahedron’s tasting room in Lyle, Washington. ##Photo by Stuart Watson.

Perfect Chemistry

Love of lab work foundation of new brand

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Wheat Country Wine

Bolton grows 15 Mile brand near The Dalles

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Longtime vineyard manager Rick Ensminger stands in a block of Gewürztraminer at Celilo Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge AVA.##Photo by Stuart Wa tson

Celilo Vineyard Sold

Corliss Estates buys esteemed Gorge site

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Steve Thompson and his wife, Kris Fade, behind the 100-year-old Ponderosa pine slab that anchors the interior of their tasting room featuring Analemma Wines.

Grand in the Gorge

Two Gorge wineries open doors to new tasting rooms.

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Members of the Lyle, Wash., creative collective include, from left, Brian McCormick of Memaloose Wines, Alexis Pouillon of Domaine Pouillon, Rob McCormick, Juliet Pouillon (seated), Luke Bradford of COR Cellars, Poppie Mantone, her daughter, Ava, and James Mantone. Photo by Patrick Bennett.

While in Lyle...

Four wineries are bunched like grape clusters up and down the north slope of the Columbia River. They share, and share alike.

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James Martin presents his business venture, Copa Di Vino, to judges on the ABC TV show “Shark Tank.”

'Shark Tank' Twice: Copa Di Vino appears again on ABC show

James Martin never took money, never sold shares in his business while on TV and he still gained traction.

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Alexandrine Roy enjoys a glass of wine and the Phelps Creek vineyard puppy, Rosie Rosé, a 9-month-old chocolate Labrador Retriever.

Gorge winery hires real-deal Burgundian

Winemaker leaves France for opportunity with Phelps Creek Vineyard.

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Alexandrine Roy enjoys a glass of wine and the Phelps Creek vineyard puppy, Rosie Rosé, a nine-month-old chocolate Labrador Retriever.

Roy, the Real McCoy

Phelps Creek hires real-deal Burgundian as winemaker

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COVER STORY: The Dirt on Oregon Wine

Get the lowdown on soil diversity and its flavor impact on wine

The story begins around 200 million years ago when the Pacific Plate started sliding beneath the North American Plate.  

Much of western Oregon and most of Washington didn't exist, but over millions of years, the plate left behind shards of its surface, which was once a seabed.  The shards continued to build becoming a marine sedimentary landmass.


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James Martin presents his business venture, Copa di Vino, to judges on the ABC-TV show “Shark Tank.”

Fish Tales and Sales

Copa Di Vino founder dives into ‘shark tank,’ escapes with no deal but enough views to bankroll growth

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Vigneron/winemaker Steven Thompson shows off a cluster of Gewürztraminer hanging on vines planted in the 1960s and once celebrated as the Dragonfily Vineyard, now renamed the Atavus Vineyard.

Analemma Makes Mark

New winery in Gorge already acquires accolades

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Tom Garnier put his emphasis on growing quality grapes at Garnier Vineyards, on the old Mayerdale Estate east of Mosier, Ore. Photo by Stuart Watson

Growing the Garnier Way

Mayerdale Estate owner encouraged to grow Gorge grapes

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Busacca Digs New Space

Celebrated soil scientist opens tasting room in Bingen, Wash.

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Rachael Horn, winemaker at AniChe Cellars, her daughter, Anais Mera, and
future son-in-law, Tom Dixon. Photo provided.

A Passionate Blend

AniChe Cellars combines family and a fervor for fine wine

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Viento’s tasting room will soon be built at the Columbia Gorge winery’s estate vineyard, which is planted to Riesling. Photo provided.

Viento Breaks Ground

Winemaker Rich Cushman to build Hood River tasting room

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Brad Gearhart started construction on his new facility for Jacob Williams Winery in March. It is located a mile east of Cascade Cliffs Winery in
Wishram, Wash. Photo provided.

Jacob Williams Builds Winery

... Maryhill and Sokol Blosser. For more information, visit News brief by Stuart Watson

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Frozen in Anticipation

Deep freeze in Eastern Washington a concern for Oregon clients

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Owners Scott Elder and Stephanie Lamonica take time out from the vineyard with their son, Samuel.

Cultivating Complexity

New winery aims for wines with Old Word character

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Bye Bye Birdie, Hello Harvest

As I write my editor's note for November’s — today’s date is Oct. 19 — harvest has just barely begun.

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Harvest begins at Stoller Vineyards in the
Dundee Hills. The birds watch from above. photo by Andrea Johnson

#1 STORY of 2010: Late Great Harvest

Winemakers From the Willamette Valley to Southern Oregon and the Columbia Gorge are pleased with flavors after delayed picking and an epic battle with the birds.   

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With the mill, James Martin hopes to create an artisan community in The Dalles. Photo provided.

Sunshine Daydream

Old mill, new packaging has local thinking in the clouds
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Hannah’s Bench is one of five estate vineyards
owned by the McCormick family of Memaloose Wines.

A Lot to Like about Little Lyle

As the Columbia Gorge wine scene exploded during the last decade, the McCormicks planted their dreams about the same time and the same place as those of three other young wineries: Luke Bradford of COR Cellars, James and Poppy Mantone of Syncline Winery, and Alexis and Juliet Pouillon of Domaine Pouillon. The four wineries all grow and press and share gear within a cork's toss - or a crow's flight - of one another, up on what they call the "Lyle Bench."
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