Wine institute has new executive director

  • January 12th, 2015

The Washington Wine Institute hired a new executive director to manage policy and regulatory issues facing Washington winery owners. Josh McDonald, with background in legislative affairs and trade association work, began his new role in early January.

McDonald was the state and local government affairs manager for the Washington Restaurant [...]

Application window opens for grape scholarships

  • January 12th, 2015

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation is offering more than $30,000 in scholarships for undergraduate and post-graduate students studying viticulture, enology, or related disciplines.

Applications are due March 15 and are for the 2015-16 academic year.
Scholarship offerings include:
Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers Scholarship: Two $1,500 awards will be given to [...]

  • Grape industry honors members

Grape industry honors members

  • January 6th, 2015

The Washington State Grape Society recognized the industry contributions of three members during its annual meeting held in November in Grandview, Washington.

Mike Means, who has served on countless grape industry committees for nearly three decades dealing with issues from clean plants to research to sustainable viticulture practices, received the [...]

  • Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

Diversified grower, rancher, and founder of Goose Ridge Winery Arvid Monson, 73, died December 1. The long time Yakima Valley, Washington, cattleman will be remembered for his handshake business dealings and innovations in tree fruit and wine grapes.

Monson grew up in Yakima and graduated from Selah High School in [...]