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Washington’s largest wine grape harvest wrapped up in early November.

Grape growers anticipating largest harvest in state history

By Wine News Service Washington grape growers and winemakers are wrapping up what is being widely anticipated as the largest harvest in Washington history. Pre-harvest estimates of a quarter-million tons of wine grapes are likely to be exceeded, as the crop has come in heavier than anticipated. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, which uses two out…

Tri-Cities isn’t facing real estate bubble

Tri-Cities isn’t facing real estate bubble

By Dennis Gisi Is it really a seller’s real estate market? Yes! Why? The reason is somewhat lengthy and complicated. I am going to start with a 1999 New York Times article written by Steven H. Holmes published in the New York Times, entitled, “Fannie Mae eases credit to aid mortgage lending.” The story refers…

Five traits that make exceptional employees stand out 

Five traits that make exceptional employees stand out 

By Veronica Craker While working at Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest, I’ve had the opportunity to hear from various types of business owners. I’ve chatted with leaders of large establishments like Expedia to smaller productions like the 1899 House Bed & Breakfast in Spokane. Despite their difference in size or service, almost all business…

Of the top 10 wineries in the state, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates owns the top six. Ste. Michelle owns few of the grapes it turns into wine. Instead, it relies on farmers in the Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley and on the Wahluke Slope for its fruit, driving the industry forward by contracting with farmers to plant more acreage.

Ste. Michelle drives growth of Washington wine industry

By Wine News Service We’ve known this all along: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates dominates the Washington wine landscape. But a look at the top wineries in the state drives the point home. Of the top 10 wineries in the state for cases produced, Ste. Michelle owns the top six. On average, Ste. Michelle uses two…

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Pasco’s Love Curry serves up unique, spicy dining

By Jobetta Hedelman-Beaver Diners who think they know what to expect from Indian food might be surprised if they eat at Pasco’s Love Curry. Owner and chef Homeet Singh said his food is unlike anything else. He said he likes to create different dishes every time he cooks to give diners a unique experience. “Don’t…

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State’s wine grape growers expect record harvest

By Wine News Service If pre-harvest estimates hold up, Washington will crush a quarter-million tons of wine grapes this fall for the first time. And if that takes place, the Washington wine industry will have effectively doubled in size in a decade. Wine grape harvest kicked off in mid-August, making it one of the earliest…

Sherry Cady in her laboratory at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at PNNL. In her right hand is a rock from Morocco that is nearly 2 billion years old and has locked in signs of ancient life on Earth. In her left hand she holds dozens of samples of “extremophiles,” microbes that live in some of Earth’s most extreme environments. Her knowledge positions her to identify signs of ancient life on another planet — Mars. (Courtesy PNNL)

PNNL scientist joins the hunt for signs of ancient life on Mars

By Tom Rickey, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory The search for signs of ancient life on Mars has come to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where an expert on rock chemistry and microbial signatures is part of a team that is investigating whether there has ever been life on the red planet. Sherry…

Atomic Bowl co-owner and managing partner Max Faulkner said future looks bright for the longtime Richland business.

Atomic Bowl celebrates anniversary, plans improvements

By Jobetta Hedelman-Beaver The Tri-Cities has grown and changed over the years, but one thing that has stayed constant is that families can head to Atomic Bowl in Richland for a good time. And as the longtime business celebrates its anniversary, the owners are looking to the future. Atomic Bowl celebrated its 60th year in…

Double Canyon’s 90-acre vineyard in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills is planted primarily with Cabernet Sauvignon. (Photos Courtesy Double Canyon)

Double Canyon to build winemaking facility near Red Mountain

By Wine News Service for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business A winery focused on producing Cabernet Sauvignon from the Horse Heaven Hills will build a 47,000-square-foot winemaking facility near Red Mountain. Double Canyon, a winery that began in 2007 and is owned by Crimson Wine Group of California, will break ground on its new building…

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