Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2015 Estate Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $24

Our panel recently received another snapshot of Stephen Reustle’s flagship Grüner Veltliner — a couple of months after it merited a 2017 Double Platinum — and remains as brilliant as ever. A product of his Revelation and Sorek blocs, it is radiant with its blend of white peach, Bosc pear…

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Walla Walla Community College grads excel in West Coast judgings

Victor Palencia, a graduate of Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking program, grew up helping his father manage vineyards in the Yakima Valley. These days, Palencia is one of Washington state’s most prolific and decorated winemakers. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) WALLA WALLA — From Mattawa to Maine, graduates of the…

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The Kendall-Jackson Truffle Harvest

Move over, Pinot Noir. Périgord black truffles have arrived. That’s right. Truffles have arrived in Sonoma County, California, and they may just steal the Pinot Noir spotlight as Sonoma’s most dynamic crop! THE ECONOMICS OF TRUFFLES Granted, that won’t happen tomorrow as it takes truffles seven to ten years to…

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DIY Pink, Avocado-Dyed Table Linens for Galentine's Day

It’s Molly from Almost Makes Perfect again! So excited to share the little Galentine’s Day party I put together for my girlfriends — clearly inspired by my love of the color pink! There is no better wine to drink on Galentine’s Day (or Valentine’s Day, for that matter) than rosé, so I…

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‘Style council’ to lead Oregon Chardonnay Celebration

Mimi Casteel of Bethel Heights Vineyard provides some levity during the 2015 Oregon Chardonnay Symposium for moderator Rajat Parr and panelists, left to right, Jason Lett of The Eyrie Vineyard, John Paul of Cameron Winery, Craig Williams and Thomas Bachelder at Stoller Family Estate in Dayton. Lett and Paul are…

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Browne Family Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $35

Waterbrook winemaker John Freeman in Walla Walla continues to favor Cabernet Franc from Blackrock Vineyard near Red Mountain for his showcase work with this Bordeaux variety for Precept Wine CEO Andrew Browne. There’s an addition of Merlot (10%) from Mirage Vineyard near the eastern banks of the Columbia River north…

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Sip McMinnville Wine and Food Classic turns 25 next month

McMINNVILLE, Ore. — Next month, organizers of the Sip McMinnville Wine and Food Classic will celebrate the silver anniversary of a festival that’s outgrown the local armory and spent the past decade at the acclaimed Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. The weekend-long Sip McMinnville Wine and Food Classic runs March…

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DIY Personalized Wine Glasses

Create a one-of-a-kind wine experience with this simple DIY personalized wine glasses project. There are few things I enjoy more in life than spending a beautiful day with family or friends, nibbling on good food and sipping on better wine. Any chance I get to elevate the experience I jump at…

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San Juan Vineyards 2016 Estate Siegerrebe, Puget Sound, $22

This release signals the last bottling of Siegerrebe at San Juan Vineyards under the ownership of co-founder Yvonne Swanberg, who sold her property and brand to the owners of Corliss Estate in Walla Walla, effective Feb. 1. Some of these grapes come off the first parcel Swanberg and her late…

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Stemilt Creek Winery 2014 Transforming Traditions Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $34

The Mathison family began growing tree fruit in the Wenatchee Valley in 1893, and they began planting vineyards for wine in 2001. Their vines reach above the Columbia River up to 1,600 feet elevation, representing one of the highest sites for viticulture in Washington. In 2014, they seemed to have…

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