Printable Thanksgiving Wine Tag

I loooove this time of year! It can sometimes feel like I don’t see my friends and family until the holidays, when getting together with all my loved ones suddenly happens all the time. This year, I put together a little Friendsgiving dinner party, but instead of making it a…

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How to Create a Cheese Board

Who doesn’t love a cheese board? This is not only an easy appetizer to whip up, but also perfect to pair with all your favorite wines! Here is how to craft a beautiful cheese board that everyone will enjoy… First things first: pick your cheeses. We went with a soft…

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How will the Sonoma and Napa Fires Affect the 2017 wine vintage?

As most know by now, late in the evening on Sunday, October 8th, Sonoma County, Napa County and Mendocino County were ravaged by some of the most devastating wildfires in California history. Now that the fires are nearly contained, many have asked about the impact they will have on the…

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Pinot Gris rules Oregon’s white wine landscape

Pinot Gris for the 2017 vintage ripens Sept. 1 in Archer Vineyard on the southern slope of Parrett Mountain in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) For the past 15 years, Pinot Gris has been Oregon’s go-to white wine grape. With more than 15,000 tons harvested in…

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Raylee Wines 2015 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $15

Best Buy! Some of the most exciting new work in the Pacific Northwest wine industry is being produced by Ryan Huett, who was inspired to move to Oregon after witnessing the introduction of viticulture near his eco-resort in Costa Rica. A product of Chemeketa Community College’s Northwest Wine Studies Center,…

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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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