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.

The Essential Secret to Enjoying Wine

What is the most overlooked and yet arguably the most important tool?

Is Wine Bad for You? The Studies say…

Note that these dire warnings are often tied to “studies” without disclosing any of the details about the study in question.

Walla Walla Tradition: Wineries You Should Visit on Early Spring Release Weekend

Visitors will find their weekend options packed with great tastings, verticals of top wines, special food offerings and plenty of live music.

Syrah Makes a Comeback

I won’t drill down into all the statistics, but it became received wisdom among growers, winemakers, retailers and the trade that consumers for whatever reason had little interest in the grape. Now, according to numerous sources, Syrah is back.

When Family Wineries Pass Beyond the Founding Generation

Here in the Pacific Northwest the first wave of winery pioneers began aging out two decades ago, and the trend continues to gain momentum.

Resurrection: Matthews Winery Comes Back Strong

Over the past decade the family put every aspect of the operation under review, from the vineyards to farming to winemaking. The 2021 wines are the result. 

Gregutt: My Tasting Methodology

A question came in from a reader that warrants more than a quick reply. He wrote: “I notice that you often try wines over a two- or three-day period, something I rarely do. What sort of things do you learn in doing so?

Surprise: Arizona has an Impressive Wine Industry

Arizona has more than 30 wineries and three certified AVAs – Sonoita and Willcox in the southeast, and newly-sanctioned Verde Valley in the north central part of the state.

Going Orange: Wine for the Adventurous

Orange wines, which are made by leaving white wine grapes to ferment on their skins rather than being pressed off immediately, offer a range of scents and flavors that can seem unbounded.

Why Aren’t Younger People Drinking Wine?

The idea that somehow it’s the taste of wine that is to blame for the industry’s woes is way off the mark.