Paul Gregutt

Paul Gregutt is the best-known, full-time independent journalist covering the wines and wineries of the Pacific Northwest. Over the past 35 years, he has written thousands of wine articles and reviews for national and international newspapers, magazines and trade journals as well as an award-winning website. From 2002 to 2012 he wrote a weekly wine column for the Seattle Times. He is the author of two critically-acclaimed editions of ‘Washington Wines & Wineries – The Essential Guide’, published by the University of California Press. From 1998 untl 2022 Gregutt was the Northwest editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, and a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel. Prior to his rather surprising emergence as a wine whisperer he was on the original staff of both the Seattle Weekly and KZAM, ahead of meandering media career that included producer/writer positions at KCTS, KOMO, Watts-Silverstein and EPG Digital Media. He lives with his wife Karen and his rescue dog Cookie in Waitsburg, Washington. 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

Gregutt: How I Ended Up Writing About Wine

There was no single 'Aha!' moment; it was a gradual dawning of attention to this unique product.

Is Building a Wine Cellar Worth It?

A well-cellared bottle can unfold a wine that may have been austere or even impenetrable when it was first released.

Under the Radar: A Family Winery in the Dundee Hills (Plus Classic Domaine Drouhin)

Every single one of the dozen wines I tasted held together beautifully on the third and sometimes fourth day. Ageworthy? You bet. But with a bit of aeration they are fine for drinking immediately, the older vintages of course, but even the most recent releases.

Three New and Exceptional Northwest Wine Releases

The wines are highly allocated and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Something Special: Wine From a Sub-Sub-Sub-Region of Southern Oregon

Among the tasks facing any AVA application is the requirement for a historic connection to the name chosen.

Two Wineries Blazing Their Own Trails

These are among the very finest wines I've tasted in the past year.

Not Rated: The Wines Outside the System

Most wines are never even tasted by influential reviewers and publications. Wineries often must apply for permission and sometimes pay a fee to make submissions, with no guarantee that their wines will be tasted.

Great Expectations: NW Riesling’s Elusive Quest for Glory

Why does the world's arguably greatest and most versatile white wine grape remain so stubbornly in the shadows of lesser viniferas?

Dry January: A Relationship with Wine

Of course anti-alcohol, neo-prohibitionist movements are nothing new in the U.S. What seems different today is the thoughtfulness of the discussion surrounding the various sobriety movements.

Best of the West: 2022 Wines You Can Still Buy

I am calling out some of the top wines I've tasted in 2022 that are still available for purchase. Most are priced at $40 and under, with just a couple of exceptions.

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