• Sun River Vintners 2007 Red Wine, Yakima Valley, $22

    This big, bold and often assertive red wine is a blend of Syrah (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (33%) and Merlot, using grapes from Snipes, Smasne and Crawford vineyards in the Yakima Valley. It opens with aromas of brown...

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  • Kyra Wines 2010 Purple Sage Vineyard Dolcetto, Wahluke Slope, $18

    Kyra Baerlocher’s estate vineyard helps her produce some of the state’s most imaginative, bright and food-friend wines at approachable prices. Her work at her Moses Lake facility with this Italian variety offers aromas of purple fruit such...

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  • Kana Winery 2008 Workingman’s Red, Columbia Valley, $15

    Best Buy. This downtown Yakima, Wash., winery has earned a reputation for value. It’s a blend of Rhone varieties gets some boost from Barbera and Tempranillo with a vineyard pedigree of Coyote Canyon (Horse Heaven Hills), Elephant...

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  • Bartholomew Winery's 2009 Malbec fits comfortably in high heels. (Photo courtesy of Bartholomew Winery)
    Seattle’s Bartholomew Winery to pair up with chocolatier

    SEATTLE — Bart Fawbush and his Bartholomew Winery will be expanding tasting room hours and bringing another culinary attraction to The Old Rainier Brewery building in Seattle by partnering with Tease Chocolates. “They have the same mindset...

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  • Delfino Vineyards 2010 Zinfandel, Umpqua Valley, $35

    The Delfinos grow the grapes near Roseburg, Ore., and hired gun Linda Donovan builds their wines. And this is certainly not your typical overripe, high-octane Zin. Those nose features fresh Red Vines, dark Muscovado sugar and Western...

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  • Locati Cellars 2009 Innovation, Columbia Valley, $20

    Locati Cellars, whose estate grapes are grown about 15 minutes south of downtown Walla Walla along the Washington-Oregon border, is one of six wineries with a tasting room inside the Marcus Whitman Hotel. This is Locati’s delicious...

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  • Sun River Vintners 2008 Desert Hills Vineyard Merlot, Yakima Valley, $29

    Desert Hills Vineyard is farmed by the denHoed family and is in a cool area of Washington’s Yakima Valley. This superb Merlot from a Kennewick, Wash., winery opens with aromas of strawberry, cinnamon, cedar and smoked bacon....

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  • Woodward Canyon Winery
    Provence, boulder inspire Woodward Canyon’s new red blend

    LOWDEN, Wash. – Woodward Canyon Winery is releasing a new red blend called Erratic. The wine, a new style for owner Rick Small and winemaker Kevin Mott, is a blend of Mourvèdre (57%), Grenache (29%) and Syrah....

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  • Rio Vista Winery 2010 Barbera, Columbia Valley, $37

    John Little grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and, after graduating from Central Washington University, worked in Seattle for nine years. But his roots were in farming, so he moved to Central Washington, bought an orchard and...

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  • Angel Vine 2010 Stone Tree Vineyard Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $20

    Edward Fus came to Oregon in 1997 and planted Three Angels Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills. He named it after his wife and two daughters. But he’s way more interested in Zinfandel than Pinot Noir, so he...

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