Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2014 Estate Riesling, McMinnville, $18

This often-overlooked North Willamette Valley producer continues to excel with its cool-climate program, and while Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay grab most of the headlines in Oregon, Stephen Cary and Ariel Eberle continue to prove that Riesling deserves to be the discussion, too. They work with two blocks of…

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Prime Rib with Rosemary Garlic Butter Rub

This Prime Rib with a Rosemary Garlic Butter Rub is perfect for Christmas or New Years Eve! Hello Kendall-Jackson friends it’s, Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life Blog and I’m here to share the ultimate holiday recipe with you! With cuts of meat like prime rib being more expensive, this recipe is truly…

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Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2016 Limited Edition Canyon Vineyard Ranch Cinsaut Rosé, Yakima Valley, $20

Walla Walla winemaker Bill Murray collaborated on Meredith Smith’s stellar, albeit short-lived, Cinsault rosé program for Precept Wine at Sawtooth in Idaho, but he’s revived it for Canoe Ridge Vineyard by pulling the lesser-known red Rhône grape out of Canyon Vineyard Ranch in the Yakima Valley. Its pale salmon color…

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Finding bargains in red wines

Clean and ripe grapes could be mistaken for black currants or blueberries as they take another step toward their transformation into wine at Tranche Cellars in Walla Walla, Wash. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) A question often asked is why red wine is so much more expensive than white wine.The…

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Columbia Crest 2015 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $12

Best Buy! The warmest growing season on record in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills and the Wahluke Slope paved the way for Juan Muñoz Oca and his team at Columbia Crest to create one of the West Coast’s biggest bargains in the Cabernet Sauvignon category. Classic aromas of black currant, blackberry…

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Robert Ramsay Cellars 2014 McKinley Springs Mourvèdre, Horse Heaven Hills, $35

A year ago, this Woodinville winery with a tasting room on Seattle’s Queen Anne earned our top rating for its 2012 Mourvèdre from McKinley Springs Vineyard. This fall, winemakers Robert Ramsay Harris and Casey Cobble earned a gold medal at the 2017 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition for their 2014…

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Pork Ragù and Creamy Polenta

I recently married into an Italian family. For a food, wine and family-loving person like myself, it couldn’t be a more perfect fit. And let me tell you, from my experience the stereotype holds true — they love food. Everybody has a signature recipe. While each is made with love,…

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Cavatappi Winery 2015 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $12

Best Buy! Italy-inspired Peter Dow continues to spearhead the Cavatappi Winery program he founded in the late 1980s, and these are some of the most affordable, food-friendly wines available. His partnership with Precept means pulling from Oasis, Canyon Vineyard Ranch and den Hoed vineyards in the Yakima Valley, and the…

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Adelsheim Vineyard promotes Hennen to replace Paige as winemaker

Head winemaker Dave Paige, left, will hand off all of his keys to the Adelsheim Vineyard barrel room to associate winemaker Gina Hennen later this month. (Photo by Adelsheim Vineyard/Courtesy of Trellis Growth Partners) NEWBERG, Ore. – Oregon’s iconic Adelsheim Vineyard makes just the fourth winemaking change in its 45-year…

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Wild Mushroom and Herb Chowder

There’s a chill in the air, a scarf around my neck and a gallon of post-Thanksgiving turkey stock in my refrigerator, which can only mean one thing — it’s soup time! Whether you’re like me and looking for a delicious recipe to highlight homemade stock, or just looking for a…

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