Drama in Columbia Valley

Two major shake-ups in a Washington wine region that usually sees few theatrics

Drama in Columbia Valley
Senior editor Tim Fish (Rick Wiener)
From the Oct 15, 2021, issue

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.

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