At first glance, the salmon stone in the front of Duane Kusler’s home at 509 E. Troutdale Ave., College Place, might suggest Kusler lacks an interest in greenery. Actually, just the opposite is true: There is a lovely “plant garden” hidden in the back.

The 1917 Berney Mansion at 709 Berney Drive had passed down through generations in the Berney family until Bob Collins purchased the home in January 1978 and became the home’s first owner outside the family.

If you are as tired of the winter doom and gloom as most of us are this time of the year, you are anxiously awaiting the official return of the spring season and all the glory it brings: flowering bulbs bursting forth in yards, trees budding out, lawns returning to their vibrant green hue, b…

Aged wines boasting structure and balance are readily available in the Northwest, and can be surprisingly affordable.

Returning to her native area, an Oregonian falls in love with a vintage 

Milton-Freewater house.

The INK-OUT tattoo-removal program helps people turn their lives around.

Walla Walla Vintners is on the move. It was founded in 1995 by amateur winemakers Myles Anderson and Gordy Venneri. As recently as a decade ago, a friendly debate continued between Vintners and Dunham Cellars as to which was winery No. 9 and which was winery No. 10 here in the Valley. Now My…

The Walla Walla AVA — a designated American Viticultural Area since 1984 — is special in many ways, not the least of which is that it crosses the border into what longtime locals still refer to as “the Oregon Territory.” The Oregon wine industry, though it has developed on a parallel track w…

In last month’s column, I mentioned that during two decades of reviewing Northwest wines for Wine Enthusiast magazine, I only awarded perfect scores to four wines. That’s a pretty good indication of how seriously I take my responsibilities.

I’ve been fortunate to host a half-dozen wine-themed cruises in the past few years, on board five-star ships cruising the Mediterranean, the Gironde and its tributaries around Bordeaux in France, and the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Varied itineraries to be sure, and all desirable on their own…

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