Noviello Vineyards 2014 Syrah, Red Mountain, $48

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Charlie “Wine Boss” Hoppes works with Fredric and Ana Stern on their young project near the Columbia River resort community of Orondo, Wash., and the Richland winemaker pulled from rising star Red Heaven Vineyard for this chocolaty Syrah. The 22-month program in both French and American oak builds aromas of…

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Wild Goose tops 5th Cascadia Wine Competition

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The Wild Goose Vineyards 2016 Pinot Gris won top honors at the fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. Wild Goose is in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Last year’s harvest at Wild Goose Vineyards will forever be remembered as…

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Cascadia Wine Competition concludes today in Oregon

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Tim McNally, a broadcaster and writer based in New Orleans, enjoys a light moment during the fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Two days of intense judging of Pacific Northwest wines has set the stage for today’s superlatives…

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5th annual Cascadia Wine Competition begins today

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  The 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition begins today in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – The fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition begins this morning at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel. The judging attracted more than 900 entries from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.…

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Ancient Lakes fascinates as young Washington wine region

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Several of the Columbia Basin’s Ancient Lakes near Quincy, Wash., are found in the canyon between Evergreen Vineyard and Ancient Lakes Vineyard, and both plantings were established by the Milbrandt brothers. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) Some of Washington’s oldest vines are in the state’s newest American Viticultural Area.…

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6 bills for Washington wineries alive in state Legislature

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Six of the nine wine-related bills introduced this year at the state Legislature remain alive. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) OLYMPIA, Wash. — It appears that Washington wineries are on their way to being able to operate as many as four tasting rooms. However, prospects look grim for a…

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DIY Bridal Shower Gift

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Written by Kristin Mansky of Modish & Main We’re right on the cusp to the kickoff of wedding season, which means plenty of bridal showers to attend. Whether it’s your best girlfriend, sister, neighbor or cousin, you want to send her off to a blissful marriage with her spouse by giving…

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Red Mountain vineyards pour 2016 wines for winemakers

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Samples of 2016 wines are showcased during Red Mountain Grower Tasting on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by William Pollard Jr. @wild4wawine) BENTON CITY, Wash. — Even when Washington’s smallest appellation is wearing a wardrobe of snow, Red Mountain still might be the hottest spot in the state for winemakers in…

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Drink Washington State 2014 Enjoy Walla Walla Carménère, Walla Walla Valley, $26

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Empire State native Brad Binko turned his back on the life of a somm for that of a winemaker, and the recent grad from College Cellars in Walla Walla now earns high marks outside of the classroom with much of his juice. This Carm is an amped-up Cabernet Franc, offering…

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Le Cadeau Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $38

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Tom Mortimer’s vines on the southern edge of Parrett Mountain have entered their third decade of life, and this bottling represents a blend through the 16-acre vineyard which he found thanks to Harry Peterson-Nedry of Chehalem Wines fame. The nose shows the ripeness of the historically hot 2015 vintage, offering…

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