Sagelands Vineyard 2015 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $10

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Best Buy! Precept’s Canyon Vineyard Ranch near in the Yakima Valley near Prosser, Wash., a 300-acre site formerly known as Snipes Canyon Ranch, takes this Pinot Gris down a trail with a brisk approach. Fruity aromas of Bosc pear, starfruit, jicama and minerality lead to more tart flavors of Asian…

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L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, $36

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Cabernet Franc, first planted at Seven Hills in 1997, long has played an integral role in Marty Clubb’s high-end Perigee program. A decade ago, in 2006, this Lowden, Wash., schoolhouse began to showcase it as a standalone bottling. During the historically hot 2013 vintage, they began to pick this on…

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Ross Andrew Winery 2013 The Huntsman Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15

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Best Buy! Ross Andrew Mickel labeled this bargain Cabernet Sauvignon “The Huntsman,” and it clearly hits the mark at any price. It displays aromas and flavors of blackberries, John Robertson raspberries and cassis, then finishes with restrained tannins and a bit of chocolate. This earned a gold medal at the…

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Desert Wind Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $18

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The Fries family of Duck Pond Cellars fame in Oregon, also owns Desert Wind Winery in the Yakima Valley town of Prosser. While the listed American Viticultural Area is defined as “Washington,” the fine print reveals the grapes came from the Wahluke Slope, where the family also grows grapes. The…

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Buty Winery 2014 Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $42

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The steadfast relationship between Conner Lee Vineyard and Nina Buty goes all the way back to the Walla Walla vintner’s inaugural 2000 vintage, and this 2,000-foot elevation site on Radar Hill near Othello stands out in Washington, particularly for its cooler climate that’s ideal for Chardonnay. Complexity began with the…

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Spangler Vineyards 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Oregon, $39

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Patrick Spangler, owner of this popular Roseburg, Ore., winery, labeled his 2013 Reserve as simply Oregon, but there’s nothing simple about the results. This wine has aromas of vanilla and red currant, then flavors of red and black currants and finishes with brisk tannins and a nip of licorice. This…

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Buried Cane 2013 Heartwood Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $25

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The Middleton family owns two brands in their native Washington state, and it would seem to be a bit improper to refer to Buried Cane as a second label for Cadaretta. This GSM-style blend serves as the latest example of work that Brian Rudin passed along to Kendall Mix, who…

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Lauren Ashton Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $25

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Puget Sound dentist Kit Singh and his wife, Riinu, named their winery to honor their children Ashley Lauren and Ashton Troy, and this bottling of Chardonnay from Harker Vineyard marks the sixth commercial vintage for their Woodinville brand. Only a small selction of their lot spent time in new French…

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Roasted Tomato, Gouda Cheese & Basil Dip

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Hi it’s Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life Blog, and I’ve got something scrumptious for you today! With tomato harvests filling up markets, it is the perfect time to add all kinds of tomato dishes to your recipe rotation.  Tomato Jam, Bruschetta, Fresh Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette, fresh tomatoes with…

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Chester-Kidder 2012 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $50

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The recognized inaugural vintage of Walla Walla’s star-studded Long Shadows Vintners goes down as 2003, but this label actually marks the beginning of the Allen Shoup’s project. The first vintage of Chester-Kidder – named for his grandfather, Charles Chester, and his grandmother, Maggie Kidder – was 2002, and that blend…

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