xConnectNW 110 - Inland NW Wine
Producer: Greg Mills
Andy Perdue, a native of Bellingham, Washington is a publisher and editor for GreatNorthwestWine.com and a Wine columnist for the Seattle Times. Originally trained in journalism and history, Perdue first began his journey in the wine business in 1997 while working for the Tri-City Herald when he and his business partner decided to start a wine magazine called Wine Press Northwest.
Andy and his business partner were the editors of Wine Press Northwest for nearly 16 years and now spend time judging and tasting several thousand wines a year. “We weren’t really necessarily wine experts when we started the magazine, but we were wine enthusiasts, and as a result we became wine experts.” Perdue said.
As a journalist, Perdue discusses how talking to people, learning about the business and asking questions help him keep up with all that there is to know about wine, specifically regional wines. Perdue said, “We tell people stories, and part of that involves tasting wine and reviewing wine as well. A lot of it is asking questions and reading and of course tasting a lot.”
When it comes to the history of wine in Washington Perdue explains how the largest winery, Chateau St. Michelle, has been around since 1934. “Right now, of the 50,000 plus acres of wine grapes being grown in Washington, 2 out of every 3 grapes grown here are used by Chateau St. Michelle.” Perdue explained.
Washington state has become a bustling wine state. But before we even got to this point it took a lot of work. Perdue explained, many factors such as hiring California grape-growers and farmers to work on contracts were the main contributing factors to the ever-growing wine industry in Washington.