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Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest: A Guide to the Wine Countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho

By Cole Danehower

Photographs by Andrea Johnson

Danehower makes the case that, as a wine region, the Pacific Northwest has arrived on the world stage. This book is an invaluable resource for wine lovers.


Superbly balanced pinot noirs; crisp rieslings; rich, heady syrahs: these are only a fraction of the expertly crafted wines being produced in the Pacific Northwest's diverse and distinctive wine countries. Second only to California in production, the Pacific Northwest is the largest wine region in North America, home to more than 1,000 wineries. What was once a young wine-growing area with a reputation for eccentricity is today recognized as a dynamic region producing world-class wines, with a focus on ecologically sound practices.

This definitive volume profiles the wines, the people who make them, and the wine countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho. The journey begins with the region's climates and geology, which create a fascinating tapestry of wine-growing areas. Next, the book focuses on the unique qualities of each wine region, with profiles of more than 160 representative wineries to visit. Included are legacy wineries that helped to build the region’s reputation, prestige wineries with a national presence, under-the-radar artisan wineries that embody the pioneering spirit of the Northwest, and promising new wineries. Each profile lists the winery's signature, premium, value, and estate wines.

Beautifully illustrated with photographs and helpful maps, this in-depth guide is a milestone in the North American literature on wine. It will enable wine lovers everywhere to plan their touring, select their wines, and explore and discover the riches of the Northwest's wine country.

Media reviews

"Danehower offers the most sparklingly concise and well-rounded primer on Northwest wines in recent years."


"A useful addition to a wine lover's library."


"Offer[s] much in the way of practical information."

—Eric Asimov, New York Times

"Read this book and you'll get a schooling, and not just in Pacific Northwest wines."

—Angie Jabine, NorthWest Stir blog

"As I read about winemakers I know and vineyards I've visited while peering at photos of many of my favorite places in the great Northwest, I can only say, 'Bravo, and mission accomplished.'"

Al Dente blog

"Helps both industry newcomers and veterans explore new wines and new ways of succeeding in the restaurant wine business."

Sommelier Journal

"Finally someone has written a definitive book on the wine regions of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho. Certainly author Cole Danehower is the one most qualified to do it."

The Prince of Pinot

"The perfect wine-tasting tour guide."

SciTech Book News

"A travelogue of ... the region's representative wineries, [Danehower] touches on topics such as why wine grapes are superior to table varieties for wine-making purposes, climatic effects on grapes, stylistic differences in Northwest wines and key wine-making terms. A virtual operator's manual for Northwest winemaking."

—Dana Tims, OregonLive.com

"The gorgeous book includes maps, contact information, and production notes, and some truly breathtaking photos from the photographer."

Daily Andy blog

"A beautiful overview to Pacific Northwest wine country."

—Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman, Bellingham Herald

"Offers a wealth of information for both the wine novice and the avid connoisseur, in a very easy to digest format. The book is technical and sophisticated enough for the wine savvy, while interesting and engaging even for the neophyte."

Sip with Me blog

"This is a book to savor ... a book wine writers, wine drinkers and Northwest wine lovers will turn to again and again — a testament to a young but exciting, exploratory and established wine region that has found a place on the world's wine stage."

—Kerry Newberry, Oregon Wine Press magazine

About the author

Cole Danehower

Cole Danehower has been a leading regional wine journalist for more than a decade, reporting on the wines, winemakers, and wine countries of the Pacific Northwest. A winner of the prestigious James Beard Foundation Journalism Award, he is also copublisher of Northwest Palate.

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