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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Melanie Krause, Cinder Wines uses Riesling to top Idaho Wine Competition

Melanie Krause, who produced the best Riesling at the 2017 Cascadia International Wine Competition, followed that up at the 2017 Idaho Wine Competition, where her 2016 Off-Dry Riesling was voted best of show. (Photo courtesy of Cinder Wines) CALDWELL, Idaho – An off-dry Riesling from one of Pacific Northwest’s top…

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Red Rhone blends a delicious Northwest trend

Grenache destined for Milbrandt Vineyards ripens on Washington’s Wahluke Slope. Washington Grenache is on the rise in popularity. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Among the most exciting developments in the Pacific Northwest wine country in recent years is the emergence of red Rhône blends, commonly called GSMs because of…

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Cloudlift Cellars 2014 Panorama Merlot, Columbia Valley, $26

In recent vintages, Tom Stangeland began to focus his Panorama project on Merlot, and his continued relationship with Elephant Mountain and Arianses allows him to take this to the next level. Ripe and alluring aromas of black cherry and blackberry include coffee and chocolate. Inside, it’s lighter and more hedonistic…

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Santo takes over for Munnell at Mercer Estates

Jeremy Santo, a product of Washington State University and the Yakima Valley town of Prosser, is the new head winemaker for Mercer Estates. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) PROSSER, Wash. – One product of Washington State University and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is taking over for another at Mercer…

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White Pizza with Chicken, Mushrooms and Mozzarella

Hello Kendall-Jackson friends it’s Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life Blog! Today, it’s all about pizza. And not just any pizza, this is a recipe for White Pizza with Chicken, Mushrooms and Mozzarella. A recipe that is perfect when served up with a glass of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay. Yum. Have you ever made a…

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