Tag Archives: Pacific Northwest

• 2 Texas wineries recognized among the best in the U.S.

2 Texas wineries recognized among the best in the U.S.

Texas gets only a little vino love on a new list of the country’s 101 best wineries. Despite the presence of more than 270 wineries in the Lone Star State, only two Texas wineries appear on the list, created by The Daily Meal. McPherson Cellars Winery in Lubbock shows up at No. 87 and Becker […]

• Lovely Time Lapse Video Reveals Secret Life of Beer

Lovely Time Lapse Video Reveals Secret Life of Beer

A Californian brewery has released this incredible video showing thousands of gallons of beer “coming alive” to the sound of Edvard Grieg. Using a time-lapse video the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company captured the process of fermenting a staggering 12,400 gallons of wort, 1,216 pounds of whole-cone hops and 1,000 pounds of pure brewers yeast to […]

• Italian red varieties thrive in Northwest vineyards, wineries

Italian red varieties thrive in Northwest vineyards, wineries

Italy’s winemaking history goes back millennia, and today the Mediterranean country produces about a third of all the wine in the world. When Italians emigrated to the United States, they brought their winemaking prowess with them. As early as the 1850s, Italian immigrants arrived in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley and began growing grapes and making […]

• Tempranillo is rising star in Southern Oregon wine

Tempranillo is rising star in Southern Oregon wine

Sometimes I feel like we give so much attention to pinot noir that it’s like lavishing all your attention on one child in the family at the expense of other siblings. It’s even worse when you live in the Mid-Valley because there is so much pinot noir grown and produced in our area. According to […]

• 50 Must Try Hoppy Beers. Is Your Favorite On This List?

50 Must Try Hoppy Beers. Is Your Favorite On This List?

It is evident that the use of hops in beers has evolved to a point far beyond a function of perseverance. Yes, in the days of old, extra lupulin was administered to beers to withstand the arduous journey from England around the Horn of Africa to colonized regions of India. But today, the utilization of […]

• How to Avoid U.S. Sauvignon Blancs That Taste Like Your Lawn

How to Avoid U.S. Sauvignon Blancs That Taste Like Your Lawn

More often than not when ordering a white wine I go for a Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume, made from the sauvignon blanc grape in France’s Loire Valley. I find it as versatile as an aperitif as I do with a wide variety of foods to follow, and the price is usually right. What I almost never […]

• Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: A Beer Lover’s Guide to Oregon, Washington & British Columbia

Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: A Beer Lover’s Guide to Oregon, Washington & British Columbia

Traveling to the NW? Don’t forget your guide! Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest is a suds-soaked adventure through the 115 key breweries and brew pubs in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Lisa Morrison, a.k.a. The Beer Goddess, has included every brewery worth visiting, from pioneers like McMenamins, whose Hillsdale Brewery and Public House in […]

• Wineries Learn Tough Lessons In Tough Times

Wineries Learn Tough Lessons In Tough Times

One of the key challenges wineries have faced during the recession and retrenchment of the past two years, aside from maintaining financing, is ensuring cash flows. A buck in the hand has been worth two from the bank, thanks to conservative lending practices prompting wineries to lower prices on product and reduce margins in order […]

• Ready for Beer-jolais Nouveau Day?

Ready for Beer-jolais Nouveau Day?

Could fresh hops do for beer what Beaujolais Nouveau does for wine? On the third Thursday of every November (today), vintners in France have been releasing a kind of red wine called Beaujolais Nouveau. The wine isn’t powerful or rich or even that all that good. Its main quality is light freshness. It’s fermented for […]

• Pietra Santa Winery: One of California's Best-Kept Secrets

Pietra Santa Winery: One of California's Best-Kept Secrets

If, like most people in the Pacific Northwest, you’ve never heard of Pietra Santa Winery, just east of Monterrey, in California’s gorgeous La Cienega Valley, I’m about to do you a favor. Pietra Santa (Italian for “Sacred Stone”) was originally planted to wine grapes in 1850(!) by Frenchman Theophile Vache, for whom the winery’s lovely […]

• Beerjolais Nouveau & Hops Fresh or Dry

Beerjolais Nouveau & Hops Fresh or Dry

Fall is the best time of the year for hopheads. Today almost all American hops are grown in just three states — Washington, Oregon and Idaho — and right now, hops are being harvested throughout the Pacific Northwest. California used to grow a lot of hops, beginning near Sacramento around 1854 and extending into Mendocino, […]