Pepper Bridge Winery 2013 Trine Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $65


Three branches of ownership are behind this family-owned winery and vineyard project in the Walla Walla Valley that’s been together for two decades. This marks the sixth vintage for their Meritage-style bottling from their three vineyards – Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge and Octave. And a year after pushing Cabernet Franc…

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Coyote Canyon Winery 2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Tres Cruces Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $25


One of the most delicious trends in the Pacific Northwest wine industry is the growth of GSM-style offerings — bottlings using Rhône Valley varieties Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. John Gabriel’s final vintage as winemaker for owner/grower Mike Andrews produced this blend that leads with Syrah (42%), and the barrel program…

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Martinez and Martinez 2015 Tudor Hills Vineyard Pinot Grigio, Yakima Valley, $17


The Martinez family launched their winery in 2005 using estate fruit from the Horse Heaven Hills, but here Andrew Martinez furthers his work with Tudor family grapes. (Andrew’s GM/wife is Monica Tudor-Martinez.) Festive and fruity aromas of peach, pear and pineapple include hints of tutti frutti, cotton candy and jasmine.…

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Reustle wins 5 double golds at San Francisco Chronicle wine judging


Stephen Reustle, who graduated from Rutgers University with an accounting degree, is the grower/winemaker of Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards in Roseburg, Ore. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) CLOVERDALE, Calif. — Stephen Reustle and his Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards project proved again this week that his Southern Oregon wines are not only…

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Ste. Michelle brands ride tall at Houston rodeo judging


The judging for the 2017 Rodeo Uncorked! the international wine competition for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, generated more than 2,850 entries. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) HOUSTON — Ste. Michelle Wine Estates brands 14 Hands, Anew and Chateau Ste. Michelle each won a best of class award…

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Panther Creek Cellars 2014 Schindler Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $50


Tony Rynders put Domaine Serene on the international map during the 2000s, and he’s quickly re-established Panther Creek Cellars as one of the Willamette Valley’s most delicious brands. A longtime friend of Ken Wright, who created Panther Creek in the 1980s, the University of California-Davis grad works with 18-acre Schindler…

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San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition draws 6,850 entries


More than 6,800 wines are entered in the 33rd San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, held this week in the Sonoma County town of Cloverdale, Calif. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) CLOVERDALE, Calif. — This week’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition won’t break last year’s record, but the 6,850 entries…

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Winter Chicken and Vegetable Skillet


Hello, hello my fabulous foodie! How is your New Year starting out? We are just shy of two weeks in and is it everything you want it to be? If you are like me, you’ve got a healthy list of resolutions and intentions set for the new year, you’ve made…

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Paterson takes Tantalus Vineyards to another level


Tanatalus Vineyards winemaker David Paterson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, but he grew up in New Zealand and returned to Canada after graduating from Lincoln University with a background in viticulture and enology. (Photo by Abra Bennett/Great Northwest Wine) KELOWNA, British Columbia – Many people say that good wine…

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Panther Creek Cellars 2014 French Creek Valley Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $35


Washington viticulturist Damon Lalonde presented some of the state’s oldest Chardonnay to winemaker Tony Rynders, who shines with these Wente clone vines established near Prosser in 1981. Once in the Willamette Valley, Rynders devoted 16 months to a barrel program of 28% new French oak. That helps give it a…

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