Saviah Cellars 2013 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Richard Funk, one of Washington’s top winemakers, pulls from three vineyards not far from his winery near Milton-Freewater, Ore., for this spicy, earthy and jammy Malbec that’s true to the variety. Dense flavors of plum and black cherry pick up a hint of mint and minerality, a juicy combination of…

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Drink Washington State 2014 Groovin’ On Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $26

Brad Binko, proud alum of Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking program, continues to enjoy his first full year as a vintner under his Eternal Wines/Drink Washington State banners. The certified somm from the East Coast uses small additions of Cabernet Franc and Carmérnère to add complexity, finesse and Old World…

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Seven Bridges Winery 2013 Kolibri Vineyard Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley, $32

Portland winemaker Bob Switzer sources from eight vineyards in Washington for his impressive Seven Bridges portfolio featuring Bordeaux varieties, and here he casts a spotlight upon Kolibri Vineyard, a 7-acre planting just south of historic Cold Creek Vineyard in the northwestern foothills of Washington’s Rattlesnake Mountain. Aromas of black cherry,…

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Airfield Estates 2015 Vineyard Salute Flygirl White, Yakima Valley, $15

Best Buy! The history surrounding Airport Ranch near Sunnyside, Wash., reaches back to World War II when it served as an Army Air Corps base, both for training and Manhattan Project protection. And this wide-ranging white blend makes for a delicious tribute to that past, showing blending skill with Roussanne…

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Cloudlift Cellars 2014 Halcyon Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30

Northwest Wine Academy product Tom Stangeland has focused his award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon program on Sagemoor Vineyards, particularly the old vines from historic Block 10 in Bacchus Vineyard. These old soldiers, believed to be clone 8, were planted in 1972. At this point in their life, they are low yielding and…

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Duck Pond Fries Family Cellars 2016 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $14

Best Buy! The Fries family and winemaker Trevor Chlanda have the luxury of working with estate vineyards in the Willamette Valley as well as the warmer Umpqua Valley for their program. It is their St. Jory site north of Salem, cropped to a remarkably low 2 tons per acre for…

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Timothy Malone Wines 2016 Medici Vineyard Riesling, Chehalem Mountains, $20

This vintage marked the 10th anniversary of New York native Tim Malone’s move to Oregon, where he trained at the likes of J. Christopher and Cameron along his path to developing his eponymous brand. His work with Riesling, which was harvested Oct. 11, is a crowd-pleaser with aromas and flavors…

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How to Clean Wine Glasses

Do your wine glasses look as spotted as a leopard in bright light? How do get them to look like they would be ready to grace the table of a Michelin star restaurant without employing a professional dishwasher and a team of sommeliers? There are many possible avenues to getting…

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Seven Bridges Winery 2013 Resolution Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $28

Bob Switzer creates this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (88%) and Merlot almost under the shadow of Portland’s Fremont Bridge and just downstream from the headquarters of the Oregon Wine Board. However, the fruit source is from the Walla Walla Valley, with the Cab from Les Collines and the Merlot from…

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Sparkman Cellars 2013 Darkness Syrah, Yakima Valley, $62

Christian Sparkman shines here with cool-climate Syrah, once again reaching into two of the state’s top sites for seemingly any variety – Boushey and Olsen Brothers. Perhaps no other winemaker shares as much insight into his winemaking practices, going well beyond the blending breakdown (70/30), harvest dates (Oct. 15/Oct. 16)…

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