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Washington Wine History Interviews: Jim Holmes, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

California native Jim Holmes (b. 1936) moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1959 to work as a scientist at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Eastern Washington. In 1972, he and fellow engineer John Will...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: John and Scott Williams, Kiona Vineyards and Winery

Three generations of the Williams family have presided over the growth of Kiona Vineyards into one of Washington's leading growers and wineries. The venture began with an investment by John Williams (...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Joy Andersen, Chateau Ste. Michelle

Joy Andersen (b. 1957) was born in Pocatello, Idaho, where she lived for 15 years before the family moved to Snohomish. After graduating from Snohomish High School, Joy attended the University of Wash...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Kay Simon and Clay Mackey, Chinook Winery

Kay Simon (b. 1953) and Clay Mackey (b. 1949) grew up on farms in California and studied at the University of California at Davis, but it wasn't until both were employed by Chateau Ste. Michelle in Wa...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Mike Sauer, Red Willow Vineyard

Mike Sauer (b. 1947) was a farm boy from Toppenish who became the founder and guiding force behind Red Willow Vineyard, near Wapato and White Swan in the Yakima Valley. He graduated from Washington St...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Norm McKibben, Pepper Bridge Vineyard and Winery

In the annals of Washington wine, Norm McKibben (b. 1936) was both late to the party and early to the party. McKibben had worked as an engineer for more than 25 years and was approaching his 50th birt...

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Wawawai -- Vanished Orchard Community of the Snake River

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Wawawai (rhymes with Hawaii), located in Whitman County, was at the center of one of the premier orchard regions in Washington state. The town was located...

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Wenas Valley -- Thumbnail History

The Wenas Valley in northwestern Yakima County has long been a transportation corridor for people traveling through the Yakima River Valley and across the Cascades. Indian tribes traveled through the ...

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Wenatchee Confluence State Park

Located at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, in almost the exact center of Washington State, Wenatchee Confluence State Park is a study in dichotomies. The north side is a manicured...

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Wheat Farming in Washington

Wheat has been cultivated in Washington since the 1820s and remains the most important agricultural product in much of eastern Washington -- and among the state's top five crops. It was first grown in...

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Williams, John (b. 1937) and Scott (b. 1958)

John Williams (b. 1937) and Scott Williams (b. 1958) are the father-son team behind Kiona Vineyards, the pioneer winery on Red Mountain, near Benton City. John was a Hanford engineer in 1972 when he a...

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Wine Education in Washington

Growing grapes (viticulture) -- and making wine from them (enology) -- are each a fine blend of both art and science. Yet they are activities that for most of mankind’s history has been self-tau...

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Wine in Washington

Along with apples, wine grapes were the first cultivated fruits in the Pacific Northwest. Initially planted here in 1827, both apples and grapes were cherished by pioneering settlers, but whereas...

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