Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 2015 Pas De Nom Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $125

Lynn Penner-Ash’s stylishly “no name” Pinot Noir continues to stand out within the lexicon of Oregon Pinot Noir, and this latest expression stays true to its core three vineyards – Bella Vida (30%) in the Dundee Hills, historic Shea Vineyard (25%) and the estate vineyard (17%). There’s magnificence to the…

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Here's How to Pair Wine with Paella

A Short History of Paella Paella is a Spanish dish. Literally a dish. “Paella” or “La Paella” refers to the pan in which this rice-based meal is composed and cooked. The name likely stems from Latin words beginning with “pa”, which means to drink. Derivatives beginning with “pa-“ are typically…

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DiStefano Winery 2013 Carménère, Columbia Valley, $39

Woodinville winemaker Mark Newton began in the 1980s with bubbles before transitioning the DiStefano Winery brand toward Bordeaux varieties, so his support for the Carménère movement in Washington state fits the program. Classic aromas of black pepper, moist earth, Marionberry and crushed blueberries are joined by grilled chorizo. Dark cherry…

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Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay Reserve, Willamette Valley, $40

Luisa Ponzi will be among the second-generation winemakers selected to pour at the 2018 Oregon Chardonnay Celebration, and her 2014 reserve Chardonnay represents a selection of four renowned sites in the North Willamette Valley — Avellana and Aurora in the Chehalem Mountains, Sunset View Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills and…

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Vidon Vineyard 2014 Estate Brigita Clone Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $50

Vicki Lewis and Don Hagge are entering their second decade as owners Vidon Vineyard (pronounced Vee-Dohn), and another of the Willamette Valley’s top producers have vineyards surrounding theirs in the Chehalem Mountains. Don’s work with clone 777 is reflected in this bottling named after their granddaughter, and it’s a deliciously…

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Idaho Wine Commission presents lifetime award to Bill Stowe

Bill Stowe, founder of Indian Creek Winery Farm, receives the Idaho Wine Commission’s Lifetime Achievement Award from commissioner Greg Koenig and executive director Moya Dolsby. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) BOISE, Idaho — There were several rounds of applause this week during Idaho Wine Commission’s annual meeting in Boise,…

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Cinder Wines buys Tempranillo fruit from famed Abacela

Earl Jones, founding winemaker and co-owner of Abacela in Roseburg, Ore., gives Idaho winemaker Melanie Krause a tour of his Fault Line Vineyards. (Photo by Joe Schnerr/Cinder Wines) GARDEN CITY, Idaho — An Arctic blast and a horrific hailstorm in the Snake River Valley led Cinder winemaker Melanie Krause, one…

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Next Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $40

Last year, King Estate launched the Next Wines program not as a second label but a standalone tier within its young King Vintners division. For the branding, they paid tribute by using a rendering of work created by the late Sandy Marostica, an artist in Boise, Idaho. The original piece…

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Long Shadows Vintners 2015 Dance Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $37

One of the most recent additions to the Long Shadows Vintners portfolio is the Dance project that fulfills a passion for Chardonnay shared by Allen Shoup and his founding winemaker, Gilles Nicault. The duo seems to have found their mark, starting with warm-climate Wente clone from California planted at two…

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Battle Creek Cellars 2014 Roe Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $59

It’s some heady company in the neighborhood of Roe & Roe Vineyard, a 74-acre site on Ribbon Ridge that’s just east of North Valley Road and adjacent to Eminent Domaine and Harry Peterson-Nedry’s Ridgecrest Vineyard. Precept’s Oregon winemaker Sarah Cabot doted on this small-lot project and achieved amazing results in…

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