Northwest Wine

Northwest Wine

Great Northwest Wine: Merlot remains straight up delicious

It’s been 13 years since the movie Sideways told filmgoers to not drink Merlot. It’s time to get over it. Merlot, especially in the Pacific Northwest, is delicious, one of the best and most prolific red wines we make. The numbers bear out the fact that Washington grape growers and winemakers didn’t pay much attention to Sideways. In 2003, the year before Sideways, Washington winemakers crushed 20,900 tons of Merlot. While production certainly leveled off for a few years, it has steadily grown for the past half-decade. Last fall, Washington crushed 34,600 tons of Merlot.

Videos

Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo Grand Parade

Watch: Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo Grand Parade.
Noelle Haro-Gomez Tri-City Herald
Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo Grand Parade 1:30

Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo Grand Parade

Residential fire on Red Mountain 0:44

Residential fire on Red Mountain

A look at the new middle school in West Richland 0:52

A look at the new middle school in West Richland

Renovated buildings ready for fairgoers in Kennewick 0:38

Renovated buildings ready for fairgoers in Kennewick