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Washington Territory and Washington State, Founding of

Soon after the creation of Oregon Territory in 1848, settlers north of the Columbia River began demanding a territory of their own. Congress acquiesced on February 8, 1853, with the creation of Washin...

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Washington Water Power/Avista

The Washington Water Power Company, now Avista, has been the main power utility for Spokane and much of eastern Washington since its incorporation in 1889. Washington Water Power (WWP) was founded by ...

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Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition

Founded in 1989, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition is an award-winning non-profit citizens coalition whose members represent a diverse group of more than 270 community organizations inc...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Alex and Paul Golitzin, Quilceda Creek Vintners

Alex Golitzin (b. 1939) and son Paul Golitzin (b. 1970) have been central figures in bringing national and international recognition to Washington wines. They are owners and operators of Quilceda Cree...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Allen Shoup, Long Shadows Vintners

Allen Shoup (1943-2022) was a Washington wine industry pioneer who helped create a national market for Washington wines, and for Chateau Ste. Michelle wines in particular. Shoup was a top business exe...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Bob Betz, Betz Family Winery

Bob Betz (b. 1948) grew up in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood with designs on becoming a doctor. When that didn't work out, he transitioned quickly to find his calling in the wine industry. He and ...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Doug Gore, Columbia Crest and Chateau Ste. Michelle

Doug Gore (b. 1952) helped to lay the groundwork for establishing Washington red wines not only in the nation but on a global scale. He began as the assistant winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle in 198...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Gary Figgins, Leonetti Cellar

Gary Figgins (b. 1948) was the founder and winemaker of Leonetti Cellar, the first winery in Walla Walla and widely considered one of its best. Figgins gained instant fame in 1982 when his 1978 Leonet...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Jerry Bookwalter, J. Bookwalter Winery

Jerry Bookwalter (1940-2023) was a pioneer wine grower and winemaker from Richland who began his wine career in 1976 as the general manager of Sagemoor Farms on the Columbia River just north of the Tr...

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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: Kent Waliser, Sagemoor

After a long career in the tree-fruit business, Kent Waliser (b. 1952) has spent more than two decades contributing his knowledge to the Washington wine industry. Starting out in 2002 as the...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Marty Clubb, L'Ecole No 41

Since 1989, Martin "Marty" Clubb has been the co-owner and managing winemaker of the L’Ecole No 41 winery in Lowden, just west of Walla Walla. He and his wife Megan took over the operation ...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Mike Hogue, Hogue Cellars

Mike Hogue (b. 1944) is one of Washington’s pioneer wine growers and the force behind Hogue Cellars, one of the state's earliest wineries, and later one of its biggest and best-known. Hogue grew...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Mike Januik, Novelty Hill Januik

After more than 40 years in the wine industry, Mike Januik (b. 1952) can safely say he has experienced most aspects of the business. His first exposure to fermentation was making homemade wine with ro...

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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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Washington Wine History Interviews: Paul and Judy Champoux, Champoux Vineyard

After meeting at Chateau Ste. Michelle in the early 1980s, Paul (b. 1949) and Judy (b. 1951) Champoux got married and embarked on the vineyard journey of a lifetime. They began by leasing the historic...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Rick Small, Woodward Canyon Winery

Richard Lewis (Rick) Small (b. 1947) grew up on a wheat farm northwest of Walla Walla and went on to become one of the founding fathers of the Walla Walla wine industry. He began his wine career by pl...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Rob Griffin, Barnard Griffin Winery

Rob Griffin (b. 1953) oversaw his first Washington wine harvest in 1977 and went on to become the longest-tenured winemaker in the state. After 45 grape harvests, he was still going strong as owner an...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Ron Irvine, Retailer, Author, Vintner

Ron Irvine has been active in the Washington wine industry since 1975, when he co-founded the Pike and Western Wine Shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market. In the 1990s Irvine turned to researching and w...

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Washington Wine History Interviews: Ted Baseler, Chateau Ste. Michelle

Ted Baseler (b. 1954) grew up in Bellevue, graduated in communications from Washington State University and earned a master's degree in journalism at Northwestern University in Illinois. Starting out ...

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