Articles by Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is a third-generation Washington journalist. He has worked in newspapers around the Pacific Northwest since 1985. After graduating from Western Washington University, he moved to the Tri-Cities, where he spent the next 25 years working at the Tri-City Herald as an editor. He was the founding editor of Wine Press Northwest magazine in 1996. He is editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine, a media company he helped launch in 2012. Since 2013, he has been the wine columnist for The Seattle Times. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch Books, 2003) and has contributed to four other books on Northwest food and wine. He has judged dozens of wine competitions up and down the West Coast. He lives in Richland with his wife, Melissa and daughter, Niranjana. He is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of the Horse Heaven Hills.
The Washington wine industry has blossomed from its beginnings to become a major player in U.S. wine production, and the number of wineries has increased from 300 in the mid-1990s to about 1,000 wineries across the state today.  (Photo by Andy Perdue)

Fine vines: Wine industry has come into its own

When a young grapevine begins growing in the sandy soils of Washington’s Columbia Valley, it takes a few years to establish itself and build a foundation of strong roots before producing fruit. After a period known as the juvenile years, the vines mature, and with the right care and coaxing, they will produce wines with…

Washington is the nation’s largest producer of Concords — used primarily as a juice grape. More than half of the nation’s supply is grown in the state, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Juicy fruit: State dominates U.S. for Concords

While the Washington wine grape market booms, even approaching the state apple industry in size and economic importance, there’s another grape industry that tops the nation in size: juice grapes. Last year, Concord grape growers brought in nearly 200,000 tons of fruit — 3 percent over the prior year, valued at $41.8 million. Though the…

Artz Vineyard

Red Mountain vineyard sells to Kiona owner

One of the most important vineyards on Red Mountain has been sold. Artz Vineyard, planted in 1997, was bought this spring by Scott Williams, second-generation winemaker of Kiona Vineyards & Winery. Williams and his wife Vicky already own several top vineyards on the ridge that many winemakers consider the top grape region in Washington. Their…

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