Barnard Griffin 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Best Buy! The hottest vintage in Rob Griffin’s 39th year of winemaking in Washington state meant he and winemaking daughter, Megan Hughes, brought in their Chardonnay from their estate Caroway Vineyard and longtime farming families at Arete, Lonesome Spring Ranch, Crawford vineyards earlier than ever. About a third of this…

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Wine By Joe 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $14

Best Buy! One of Oregon’s most acclaimed winemakers, “Hollywood” Joe Dobbes, pulls largely from his 30-year-old Seabreeze Vineyard northwest of Salem for this bottling under his bargain Wine By Joe program. It’s a well-balanced, bright and flavorful Pinot Gris that opens with aromas of lemon meringue pie and melon that…

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Underwood 2016 Rosé, Oregon, $14

Best Buy! Willamette Valley winemaker JP Caldcleugh heads up one of the largest productions of rosé in the Pacific Northwest, and a sizable amount of the release by the prolific Union Wine Co., will be coming out in 375-milliliter cans. It’s more of a pink wine than rosé because Pinot…

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Eye of the Needle Winery 2016 Moments Rosé, Columbia Valley, $15

Best Buy! Woodinville winemaker Bob Bullock, proud member of the 12th Man at CenturyLink, quarterbacks this blush-style pink made with Chenin Blanc and Sangiovese, which will tackle a summertime thirst with its tasty mix of strawberry, Fuji apple and raspberry that’s finished nicely dry at just 0.5% residual sugar. This…

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Patterson Cellars 2016 Forbidden Rosé, Columbia Valley, $13

Best Buy! Rosé forms a significant part of John Patterson’s Forbidden program, and while he could legally label this latest pink as a Tempranillo rosé, he incorporates Sangiovese (22%) into the final cut for ample acidity. Minimal skin contact gives its inviting Provence color, and it hints at aromas of…

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Ryan Patrick Wines 2015 Olsen Brothers Vineyard Riesling, Yakima Valley, $12

Best Buy! Acclaimed growers Dick and Larry Olsen produced suave wines as vintners in Prosser, Wash., before closing their Olsen Estates operation. A growing number of winemakers are spotlighting their fruit with Olsen Brothers Vineyard-designated wines, but rarely at bargain prices. Columbia Basin winemaker Jeremy Santo, who grew up in…

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Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2015 Redhead Red Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $15

Best Buy! A trio of Wahluke Slope vineyards, including Milbrandt-owned Clifton Bluff and top-notch Northridge, provided Jeremy Santo with the material to create this fleshy and juicy crowd-pleasing red. Cabernet Sauvignon (68%) drives the blend with additives of Syrah (11%), Merlot (11%) and Petit Verdot to create aromas of fruit…

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Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2015 DenHoed Vineyards Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $11

Best Buy! Mike Conway and daughter Natalie shine with aromatic whites, but this marks just their sixth vintage of producing Pinot Gris. Their latest effort may be perhaps their best with this Italian grape, and they present it with an orchard fruit style rather than a tropical style. It starts…

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Ross Andrew Winery 2015 Glaze Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15

Best Buy! Ross Andrew Mickel made his name in the Woodinville wine scene, and now his wines are poured in downtown Walla Walla. This fresh product under his remarkable Glaze program is a remarkable value with some nice layers of complexity. Dark cherry, blackberry and vanilla aromas include light toast,…

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Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15

Best Buy! Each year, Bob Bertheau’s team brings another remarkable — and massive — representation of Cabernet Sauvignon made in Washington. The bountiful 2014 vintage from Ste. Michelle’s growers, which include their own Canoe Ridge Estate, Cold Creek and Indian Wells vineyards, allowed for an additional 112,000 cases — an…

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