washington wine http://kplu.org en Northwest Winemakers Ready for ‘Intense’ Vintage http://kplu.org/post/northwest-winemakers-ready-intense-vintage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wine grapes throughout the Northwest are ripening faster this year because of the hot dry summer. Vineyard managers and winemakers are preparing for a breakneck harvest over the next few weeks—that is, if it stays warm.</span></p><p>This year, eastern Washington had record-setting heat in July, while Oregon had consistently warm weather. Growers throughout the Northwest are hoping for cooler temperatures so the grapes don’t race to ripeness.</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 03:01:00 +0000 Anna King 9678 at http://kplu.org Northwest Winemakers Ready for ‘Intense’ Vintage Walla Walla's L'Ecole Winery grows up with a new label http://kplu.org/post/walla-wallas-lecole-winery-grows-new-label <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-959181.mp3</p><p>One of Washington&#39;s oldest and most recognizable wine brands, L&rsquo;Ecole, is growing up a bit with a new, sleeker label.</p><p>L&#39;Ecole is French for &quot;the school&quot; and that&#39;s because the winery operates out of a nearly 100-year-old school house. The old label was a child&#39;s colorful drawing of the facility. The new label sports a sepia-toned oil painting of the historical school house soon after it was constructed in 1912.</p><p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 20:24:10 +0000 Anna King & KPLU News Staff 1054 at http://kplu.org Walla Walla's L'Ecole Winery grows up with a new label