Daven Lore Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $32

Gordon Taylor’s home/winery/tasting room is perched overlooking the town of Prosser, Wash., and the Yakima River, but he’s also just beyond the northern edge of the Horse Heaven Hills. Alder Ridge, his source for this Cab, is across a southern ledge of the Horse Heaven Hills. Another vineyard of renown,…

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Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $65

The bountiful 2014 growing season in the Willamette Valley allowed Luisa Ponzi to double production of her family’s reserve Pinot Noir, and yet it merited our top rating for the second straight vintage. Her sources range from the north slope Chehalem Mountains estate sites of Abetina, Aurora and Madrona Vineyards…

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Maryhill Winery rosé rises to top of Washington State Wine Competition

Maryhill Winery’s Richard Batchelor produced a 2016 rosé of Sangiovese that was voted best of show at the 34th annual Washington State Wine Competition in Grandview. It was one of 15 gold medals his wines earned during the June 20 judging of 311 wines. (Photo courtesy of Maryhill Winery) GRANDVIEW,…

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DIY Cork Star Trivet and Red Wine Blueberry Pie

I feel like I say it every year, and every year it’s true… this summer is flying by! In preparation for 4th of July parties (I can’t believe it’s coming up so soon!) I tested out a recipe for a “red wine and blue” pie made with cherries, blueberries, and a little…

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Palencia uses Grenache to top Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition

Victor Palencia, owner and winemaker for Palencia Wine Co. in Walla Walla, earned gold medals with Iberian Peninsula varieties Grenache and Albariño at the fifth annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Victor Palencia, a wunderkind of the Washington wine industry,…

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Armstrong Family Winery 2015 Lawrence Vineyards Viognier, Columbia Valley, $22

The Armstrong family works with the Lawrence family’s Corfu Crossing Vineyard and its 2008 planting of Viognier at 1,500 feet elevation along the Royal Slope north of Wahluke Slope. One of Washington’s highest vineyards seems to make sense for Viognier as winemakers chase ripeness while maintaining acidity in this finicky…

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Airfield Estates 2015 Dauntless Red Wine, Yakima Valley, $18

The Miller family creates this all-estate Right Bank Bordeaux-style blend with thought, exemplified in the precise percentages of Merlot (69%), Cabernet Sauvignon (11%), Cabernet Franc (9%), Malbec (8%) and Petit Verdot. Baking spices, toast and violet aromas include black cherry and cassis. The sturdiness of Washington Merlot provides the baseline…

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H/H Estates 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Robert Andrews Reserve Mourvèdre, Horse Heaven Hills, $38

Rancher-turned-vintner Mike Andrews pays tribute to his father with this Mourvèdre, one of the two dozen varieties that seem to thrive across this 1,100-acre planting in the Horse Heaven Hills south of Prosser, Wash. This spicy red Rhône grape offers sweet aromas of Sugarfina Finnska Red licorice and black currant…

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Reininger, Domaine Serene, Mission Hill go Platinum at Decanter World Wine Awards

Chuck Reininger of Reininger Winery in Walla Walla, Wash., used his 2013 Syrah to earn a prestigious Platinum Award this spring at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards in London. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) LONDON — Domaine Serene in Oregon, Walla Walla’s Reininger and Mission Hill Family Estate…

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Barnard Griffin 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Best Buy! The hottest vintage in Rob Griffin’s 39th year of winemaking in Washington state meant he and winemaking daughter, Megan Hughes, brought in their Chardonnay from their estate Caroway Vineyard and longtime farming families at Arete, Lonesome Spring Ranch, Crawford vineyards earlier than ever. About a third of this…

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