Wines Without Borders is a website about wine from around the world.
We are best known for our writings about wines of the Pacific Northwest – something we’ve been doing since the mid-1990s. But throughout that time, we’ve enjoyed learning about the broader world of wine through regular visits to California wine country and occasional trips to Europe. We also judge a lot of wine internationally at various competitions.
We’ve never had an outlet to write about these wines – until now.
On Wines Without Borders, we write regularly about every wine region in the world – except the Pacific Northwest. We look forward to this new exploration of the world of wine.
We’re Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue, the owners, editors and writers of Great Northwest Wine.
Together, we have more than 32 years of experience writing about the wines, vineyards and chefs of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho. We founded Wine Press Northwest magazine in 1997 and have been the editors of the quarterly wine magazine through 2012. During that time, we’ve also published a weekly e-mail newsletter called the Pacific Northwest Wine of the Week.
In 2010, we launched a weekly wine column that is syndicated in 20 newspapers and has a combined potential print and online audience of more than 5 million readers.
Combined, we have more than 50 years of daily newspaper experience.
Great Northwest Wine is our own business. Here, we write about wine from a journalistic point of view. We cover wine news, write features, provide tidbits about the industry and much more.
The site is updated many times per day.
About Eric Degerman
Eric Degerman grew up in Spokane, Wash. He attended Clark Community College in Vancouver, Wash., where he helped the Penguins to consecutive NWAACC golf championships, before graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in history.
During college, he worked for the Vancouver Columbian, the Valley Daily News in Kent and The Seattle Times before spending 25 years as an editor and award-winning sports writer at the Tri-City Herald. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest, becoming a food writer and wine judge, and has contributed to Canadian Hockey magazine and Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. He is a featured writer for Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine.
Eric now is co-owner of GreatNorthwestWine.com and Wine News Service. He continues to live in Washington wine country with Traci, his wife of 21 years, and their Bombay cat, Ichiro.
His judging history includes the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Northwest Wine Summit, the Grand Harvest Awards, the Long Beach Grand Cru, the Riverside International Wine Competition, the Washington State Wine Competition, the British Columbia Wine Awards, the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, the Tri-Cities Wine Festival, the Idaho Wine Competition and Oregon’s Greatest of the Grape.
About Andy Perdue
Andy Perdue grew up in Bremerton, Wash., about 15 miles west of Seattle. After high school, he attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, where he graduated with a degree in journalism and a minor in history with an emphasis on Middle East studies.
Andy has worked for many newspapers, including the Tri-City Herald, Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News, Arizona Republic, Wenatchee World, Port Townsend Leader, Silverdale Reporter, Bainbridge Review, North Kitsap Herald and Port Orchard Independent.
For 15 years, he was editor-in-chief of Wine Press Northwest. As editor of the quarterly consumer magazine, he wrote columns, cover features, tasting notes and analyses of peer-group judgings.
As a wine writer, Andy became the columnist for The Seattle Times and Pacific Northwest magazine in 2013. He also has been a columnist for Seattle Homes & Lifestyles and Vineyard & Winery Management, and he’s contributed articles to numerous other publications.
In 2003, Andy’s first book, “The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer’s Handbook,” was published by Sasquatch Books. He’s also contributed to several other books, including “Swirl, Sip & Savor” (2010), “North American Wine Routes” (2010), “Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest” (2008) and “Best Places Northwest” (2001).
Andy’s wine judging activity includes the following wine competitions: Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, Riverside International Wine Competition, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Long Beach Grand Cru, Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition, Northwest Wine Summit, Washington State Wine Competition, Oregon State Fair Wine Competition, Okanagan Fall Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards, Idaho Wine Competition, Capital Food & Wine Competition, Great Northwest Wine Competition, Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, Great Northwest Invitational Wine Comeptition and Platinum Judging.
In 2012, Andy won first place in health writing from the Pacific Northwest Society of Professional Journalists for a 31-part series called “Face of Cancer.”
Andy lives in the heart of Washington wine country with his wife, Melissa, and their daughter, Niranjana.
Our mailing and shipping address:
Great Northwest Wine
8524 W. Gage Blvd., A-244
Kennewick, WA 99336