Hinman Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $15


Best Buy! Doyle Hinman launched this Eugene winery in 1979, and second-generation vintner Liz Chambers continues to honor his legacy with this expressive and consumer-minded Pinot Noir from a vintage that allowed her to increase production by nearly 50 percent from the 2013 edition. Aromas of Dr Pepper, raspberry, saddle…

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Waterbrook Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $13


Best Buy! Walla Walla winemaker John Freeman and his team spotlight Precept estate site Canyon Vineyard Ranch near Prosser, Wash., for this Pinot Gris that’s not shy of personality. The nose of Ambrosia Salad, honeydew melon, Mandarin orange and facial powder ushers in flavors of Asian pear, citrus and kiwi…

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Kennedy Shah 2012 Artz Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Franc, Red Mountain, $45


Woodinville’s Woodhouse Wine Estates winemaker Jean-Claude Beck, a native of Alsace, brought in these grapes grown by the late Fred Artz on Red Mountain. The longtime former Klipsun Vineyard manager passed away in 2015, and this vineyard-designate Cab Franc serves as a wonderful living tribute, opening with red currant, fresh…

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Silvara Vineyards 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $32


Vintner Gary Seidler is taking his Leavenworth winery to new levels, particularly with his red wines. This remarkable Merlot uses grapes from Candy Mountain, a hill in the eastern Yakima Valley that is similar to nearby Red Mountain. It opens with aromas of toasted oak, bright berry and red cherry…

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Koenig Vineyards dessert wine tops 7th Idaho Wine Competition


Workers pick frozen Riesling clusters for Koenig Winery in Idaho’s Snake River Valley. (Photo courtesy of Koenig Winery) BOISE, Idaho – A dessert wine from one of Idaho’s top winemakers won best of show Tuesday afternoon at the seventh annual Idaho Wine Competition. Koenig Vineyards’ 2014 Botrytis Single Berry Select…

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Tsillan Cellars 2013 Estate Syrah, Lake Chelan, $30


Shane Collins is the longtime winemaker at this showcase winery above the south shore of Lake Chelan, where he works exclusively with estate grapes. This provides him with the opportunity to know exactly what he’s getting each harvest and provides a level of focus and control. The results are obvious…

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Lone Birch 2015 Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $12


Best Buy! This second label for the Miller family furthers its reputation for consistent quality and everyday pricing with the latest release with Chardonnay off the home base for Airfield Estates. Inviting aromas of starfruit, Juicy Fruit gum, Lemonhead candy and jasmine transition to up-front and smooth flavors of starfruit…

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Malaga Springs Winery 2014 AlyKat Red, Columbia Valley, $24


This delicious red blend of Zinfandel and Syrah from Malaga Springs near Wenatchee is a bright wine with aromas of strawberry, Rainier cherry and hints of spice, followed by flavors of raspberry, pomegranate and red currant. It’s all backed by well-integrated tannins and bright acidity. This should pair beautifully with…

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Chateau Faire Le Pont 2012 Elerding Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $46


Owner/winemaker Doug Brazil has a deft touch with red wines, as he proves year after year with one stellar wine after another. This remarkable Cab uses grapes from the remote Horse Heaven Hills south of the Yakima Valley, and it provides aromas of red currant, spiced cherry and hints of…

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Beaumont Cellars 2014 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $32


Winemaker Pete Beaumont caught our eye a few years ago with his initial release of red wines, and his talent in the cellar continues to grow. This remarkable Cab Franc unveils aromas of Bing cherry and dried blueberry, followed by elegant flavors of cherry, red currant and loganberry. It’s all…

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