Pairing Wines with Produce from the Kendall-Jackson Culinary Gardens

Wine and food pairings are a focus of friends, fellow wine geeks and (occasionally – at least in my case) family who like wine and know enough to feel they have to “do it right”. I sometimes cringe a bit when I’m asked to help. Don’t get me wrong. I…

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Spooky Halloween Wine & Cheese Board

Our favorite holiday in October is just around the corner and we wanted to share with you some ideas to create a spooky Halloween wine and cheese board.  Between the witches, goblins and bats there’s still plenty of fun in a bottle of wine and a decadent, Halloween inspired cheese…

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Vegetable Cheddar Bread Bowls

Hi there, it’s Melissa from The Sweet Escape here with a recipe that will leave you feeling warm and cozy all over — literally. Fall always brings out the urge to get cozy in the kitchen and turning to our favorite comfort foods while the weather outside starts to get…

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Chardonnay plays an important role in Washington

Chardonnay is an important wine grape variety in the Pacific Northwest. This sign is in Cold Creek Vineyard in Washington’s Columbia Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Chardonnay has been at or near the top of the heap in Washington wine country for the better part of 30 years.…

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Abeja 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $52

The Harrisons’ holdings in the Walla Walla Valley include Heather Hill Vineyard, which features Cabernet Sauvignon, but their much larger Columbia Valley expression of Cab pulls from many of the Washington’s oldest and most exciting sites such as Bacchus, Dionysus and Weinbau near the Columbia River, Kiona’s Heart of the…

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Drumheller Wines 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $12

Best Buy! A new brand for the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates portfolio, these bargain-priced Drumheller wines don’t spend a lot of time in contact with oak, just 10 months, and none of it new wood. That allows the fruit from Beverly Vineyard near the Wahluke Slope and Four Feathers in…

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Pinot Gris by Oregon’s Pike Road tops fifth annual Great Northwest Invitational

Adam Campbell is the second-generation owner and winemaker for Elk Cove Vineyards in Gaston, Ore. He and his family created Pike Road Wines in 2014 and opened their tasting room for the sister winery in 2017 in downtown Carlton. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Second-generation…

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Grilled Pork Loin with Roasted Harvest Vegetables

Enjoy the flavors of fall with this grilled pork loin, served over a bed of farro with roasted harvest vegetables and ripe plums.  This is my favorite time of year and I especially love a recipe that exudes delicious fall flavors and a grilled pork loin, seasoned with chopped rosemary and garlic,…

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Spangler Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Southern Oregon, $27

When Ohio native Pat Spangler purchased the La Garza property in Oregon’s southern Umpqua Valley, it came with some of the region’s oldest plantings of Cab. On the eastern slopes of his property is Sage Hill, and he dotes on the wind-blown Syrah near the top of his estate. That…

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Charles Smith Wines 2014 The Velvet Devil Merlot, Washington, $13

Best Buy! While it’s Cab and Syrah that generate a lot of the red headlines in Washington, it’s Merlot that remains the state’s workhorse grape. Charles Smith’s team sourced from seven sites, including Art denHoed in the northern reaches of the Yakima Valley, Goose Ridge near Richland and Sundance on…

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