Washington’s Columbia Valley ordinarily goes about its business with few theatrics. But in July 2021, two major news stories broke there: The entire Quilceda Creek winemaking team jumped ship from the elite Cabernet winery, and the state's largest producer, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, was sold to a private equity firm. Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish looks at these major shake-ups and their implications.
From the Oct 15, 2021, issue