Paul Gregutt

Paul Gregutt has been covering the wines and wineries of the Pacific Northwest since the mid-1980s. From 2002 to 2012 he wrote a weekly wine column for the Seattle Times and authored two critically-acclaimed editions of ‘Washington Wines & Wineries – The Essential Guide’ (UC Berkeley Press). He served as the Northwest editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine from 1998 until 2022. Early on he was an original staff member of both the Seattle Weekly and KZAM-FM. He lives with his wife Karen and his rescue dog Cookie in Waitsburg (pop. 1204), a farm community about 20 miles NE of Walla Walla. When not tasting and writing about wine he writes songs, plays guitar and sings in his band the DavePaul5 ( Follow his writing at PaulG on Wine,, and in the Waitsburg Times.

Wine Labels: Make or Break?

Marketing studies have shown that casual wine shoppers in particular buy on price and label. How does your label design attract or repel them? How much useful information does it convey? What does it say about the care and concern for quality that has gone into making the wine?

My Favorite Wines in 2024 (So Far)

What I offer you here, filtered through my own palate, are many of the most interesting wines I’ve tasted so far this year.

Fifty Years of Wine on Red Mountain

Curation and intentionality become paramount when you’re competing on quality, which is what Red Mountain’s reputation is built upon.

The Brilliant Chardonnays of Oregon

Oregon is bursting at the seams with delicious, sometimes brilliant Chardonnays. I’ve tasted hundreds that warrant very high scores. But if you want a master class in how great...

Master Blends: Brian Carter, John Bookwalter

"Making wine is easy, selling it and selling it at a profit are the hard parts.”

Domaine Divio: Some Brilliant Pinot Noirs

“In the Willamette valley we have been blessed with ideal conditions for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for at least the last ten years."

The Dangers of Wine? That’s Just Wrong!

The wine business is almost as rumor and fear-driven as the entertainment industry.

Extreme Viticulture: Up the Mountain to WeatherEye

About a week ago I was escorted up and down and around the steep, rocky terrain of the most unlikely, challenging and uniquely beautiful vineyard I’ve ever seen.

This Week’s Wines: King Estate and Brittan Vineyards

Robert Brittan is among a handful of Napa Valley émigrés whose knowledge and experience are transforming the way in which Willamette Valley wines are grown and made.

Northwest Wine and its Many Paths to the Future

To me the most exciting trends in winemaking are those that push, extend or blow through boundaries.