• Sauvignon Blanc
    Baker’s dozen of sassy Sauvignon Blancs from Washington

    Martin-Scott Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $16 Most of the grapes made at this East Wenatchee, Wash., winery come from vines surrounding their grounds that overlook the Columbia River, but this lot traditionally comes downstream from...

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  • Washington wine
    10 fab Cabs from the Pacific Northwest

    Grande Ronde Cellars 2007 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $30 Dave Westfall and his two partners recently moved the production facility to downtown Spokane, not far from their lively tasting room. They work with...

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  • dessert wine
    Seven sweet wines to savor

    Anam Cara Cellars 2012 Nicholas Estate Gewürztraminer, Chehalem Mountains, $24 The 2014 edition of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book raves about the Pinot Noir and dry Riesling coming off Anam Cara’s estate vineyard, and the renowned British...

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  • riesling rendezvous
    8 Outstanding Rieslings

    Daven Lore Winery 2012 Sweet Riesling, Yakima Valley, $15 Best Buy! Production of this off-dry Riesling was increased to meet demand, and Gord Taylor waited until Oct. 30 to make his pick from the 21-year-old vines at...

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  • pinot-noir-feature
    11 Northwest Pinot Noirs to taste today

    Ponzi Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35 Here’s a shining example of how prevalent the certified sustainable movement is within the Oregon wine industry. Luisa Ponzi harvested four LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) estate sites...

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  • wine competition
    Baker’s dozen of Northwest Merlot

    Bitner Vineyards NV Menopause Merlot, Snake River Valley, $26 There’s a fun story behind the wine and whimsical label, and longtime friend/neighbor Greg Koenig did a delicious job of creating the wine for Mary Bitner, co-owner of...

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  • chardonnay-feature
    A dozen Northwest Chardonnays to try now

    San Juan Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $14 Best Buy! Otis Harlan created his Yakima Valley vineyard back in 1957, making the Rattlesnake Hills planting one of the state’s most historic sites. The late David Lake brought...

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  • Washington wine
    10 great Washington red blends

    Browne Family Vineyards 2010 Red Blend, Columbia Valley, $25 Precept Wine CEO Andrew Browne puts his family name on this tier as a tribute both to his sons and his grandfather, and Walla Walla winemaker John Freeman...

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  • vineyard-feature
    10 Pacific Northwest Tempranillos to try today

    Camaraderie Cellars 2009 Tempranillo, Yakima Valley, $28 This red Spanish variety has gained a small but solid foothold in recent years in the Pacific Northwest, and Washington is proving to be a great place to grow the...

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  • Red wine grapes await harvest on Washington state's Red Mountain.
    A dozen Washington Malbecs to drink now

    William Church Winery 2010 Gamache Vineyards Malbec, Columbia Valley, $34 Malbec, a grape from Bordeaux that has become famous in recent years in Argentina, is a strong candidate for Washington’s next big thing. This is a great...

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