Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest: A Guide to the Wine Countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho

Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest: A Guide to the Wine Countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho

Cole Danehower

Language: English

Pages: 370

ISBN: 2:00183888

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Superbly balanced pinot noirs; crisp rieslings; rich, heady syrahs: these are only a fraction of the expertly crafted wines being produced in the Pacific Northwest’s diverse and distinctive wine countries. Second only to California in production, the Pacific Northwest is the largest wine region in North America, home to more than 1,000 wineries. What was once a young winegrowing area with a reputation for eccentricity is today recognized as a dynamic region producing world-class wines, with a focus on ecologically sound practices.

This definitive volume profiles the wines, the people who make them, and the wine countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho. The journey begins with the region’s climates and geology, which create a fascinating tapestry of winegrowing areas. Next, the book focuses on the unique qualities of each wine region, with profiles of more than 160 representative wineries to visit. Included are legacy wineries that helped to build the region’s reputation, prestige wineries with a national presence, under-the-radar artisan wineries that embody the pioneering spirit of the Northwest, and promising new wineries. Each profile lists the winery’s signature, premium, value, and estate wines.

Beautifully illustrated with photographs and helpful maps, this in-depth guide is a milestone in the North American literature on wine. It will enable wine lovers everywhere to plan their touring, select their wines, and explore and discover the riches of the Northwest’s wine country.

"This is a book to savor...a book wine writers, wine drinkers and Northwest wine lovers will turn to again and again — a testament to a young but exciting, exploratory and established wine region that has found a place on the world’s wine stage." --Oregon Wine Press

About the Author
Cole Danehower has been a leading regional wine journalist for more than a decade, reporting on the wines, winemakers, and wine countries of the Pacific Northwest. A winner of the prestigious James Beard Foundation Journalism Award, he is also copublisher of Northwest Palate and author of that magazine’s popular “Inside Northwest Wine” column. His wine writing has also appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian, The Register Guard, and Wines & Vines. A frequent judge for the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, the Oregon Wine Competition, the Portland Indie Wine Festival, and numerous regional wine competitions, he is also a popular speaker on the region’s wines.

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Estate vineyards: Fairview Plateau Bill Eggert is a one-man band when it comes to running Fairview Cellars. A quietly passionate winegrower, his vineyard is at the extreme northern end of the Golden Mile and has three different soil types. Eggert is best known for his complex red wines, especially his Bordeaux-style blends, made exclusively from grapes grown in his estate vineyard. His initial reputation was won with a merlot–cabernet sauvignon blend that he now calls Madcap Red, but a second Fattig, Paul. 2008. Veni, vidi, viticulture: Grower came to the Rogue Valley and saw the land for vineyards. But will they conquer the region’s agricultural future? Mail Tribune, July 13. 321&template=printart. Fraser Valley Wineries Association. Fritz, Marlene. 2000. Vintage Idaho. 2000. Moscow: University of Idaho.

exposed in vineyard areas. In some vineyards, a mixture of these and other soils can be found. From such a small appellation, it is difficult to define a distinctive wine style. Nevertheless, pinot noir wines from the McMinnville wine country seem to have greater intensity of dark fruit character than wines from other regions, with somewhat more tannin structure and assertive earth and spice notes. Generally, wines grown on these Coast Range foothill vineyards age well in the cellar and can be a

Vineyard acreage: 1300 acres (485.5 ha) Predominant soil types: marine sediments, sandstone, siltstone Vineyard growing degree days: 1852-2124 (1011-1162) Most important grape varieties pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay WINERIES AND WINES TO SAMPLE ANNE AMIE VINEYARDS 6580 NE Mineral Springs Road, Carlton, OR 503-864-2991; Open all year. Year founded: 1999 Annual production: 13,000 cases Signature wine: Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Noir ($$$)

Vineyard. More easterly vineyards closer to the Columbia Basin experience warmer temperatures and drier summers, putting them in the warm-climate category. Precipitation at the eastern end of the Gorge averages 10 in. (25.4 cm) annually. Even these generalizations, though, are subject to lots of local variation. On the Oregon side of the river, temperatures can be more extreme, ranging from a high of 2682 (1472) GDD to a low of 1301 (705) GDD. Washington’s portion of the appellation is cooler,

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