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    Bargain whites abound across Great Northwest

    With spring weather warming considerably, we will find ourselves reaching for crisp and refreshing white wines more often for the next several months. It’s always good to have a couple of bottles in the refrigerator for any...

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    Marcus Notaro builds Red Mountain-Napa Valley connection

    NAPA, Calif. – One man has now been the head winemaker for two iconic wineries: Col Solare on Washington’s Red Mountain and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in California’s Napa Valley. Three years ago, Marcus Notaro made the...

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    Purple Star Wines 2013 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $19

    Winemaker Kyle Johnson came to our attention when he made superior wines for Olsen Estate in the Yakima Valley community of Prosser. Now he is just east of there along the Yakima River crafting delicious wines for...

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    Prosser’s Wit Cellars ready to launch

    PROSSER, Wash. – Washington’s newest winery opens its doors May 7 in the cradle of the state’s wine industry. In many ways, Wit Cellars has come together remarkably fast – from an idea last summer to 1,300...

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    Smasne, Tudor buy former Olsen winery in Prosser

    PROSSER, Wash. – A winery that has stood empty for a half-decade has new owners. Robert Smasne of Smasne Cellars and Sean Tudor of 2dor Wines have purchased the former Olsen Estates in the Vintners Village in...

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    Great value reds from Great Northwest

      When looking at affordable red wines, there are two considerations: sub-premium box and jug wines typically produced in California and premium wines at less than $15 per bottle. The vast majority of California jug wine is...

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    William Church Winery 2013 Tres Bien Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $36

    This small producer in Woodinville’s warehouse district has a well-earned reputation for distinctive red wines, and the quality of this Cab Franc further burnishes that renown. It opens with aromas of luscious chocolate syrup, a hint of...

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    After 30 vintages, Joe Dobbes still fascinated by Pinot Noir

    DUNDEE, Ore. – Even after 30 years of making wine, Joe Dobbes is still in awe over the nuances of Pinot Noir. Dobbes, owner of Dobbes Family Estate in the heart of Oregon wine country, produces eight...

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    Ste. Michelle buys Sonoma County’s Patz & Hall

    SONOMA, Calif. – Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has filled in its California portfolio by purchasing Patz & Hall, a highly regarded Sonoma County wine producer. The sale was made public Tuesday morning. Terms of the sale were...

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  • Lynn Penner-Ash worked at famed Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in the Napa Valley before moving to Oregon in 1988 and becoming the state's first female head winemaker.
    California winery buys Oregon’s Penner-Ash Wine Cellars

    NEWBERG, Ore. – One of Oregon’s top artisan wineries has been purchased by a large California wine producer. Penner-Ash Wine Cellars announced Monday that Jackson Family Wines will take over the 15,000-case winery. “Artisanal winemaking is first and...

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