Milbrandt Vineyards 2016 Evergreen Vineyard Traditions Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13

The Ancient Lakes in general and Evergreen Vineyard in particular have proven to be a great spot for growing world-class Riesling. So a gold for this wine is no surprise. Aromas of white flower petals, juicy peaches and crisp apple lead to flavors of Asian pear, Golden Delicious apple and…

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Ryan Patrick Wines 2016 Rosé Wine, Columbia Valley, $15

This dry and delightful Provence-style rosé is heavy on Syrah, but also includes dollops of Cinsault, Grenache and Mourvèdre. It exudes aromas and flavors of pomegranate, cranberry, fresh raspberry and a pinch of savory herbs. This earned a gold medal and best in class at the 2017 Wenatchee Wine Awards.…

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Williamson Vineyards 2016 Dry Rosé, Snake River Valley, $14

Best Buy! It was Greg Koenig who first talked the Williamson family into creating its own brand rather than just selling its fruit, and he’s well into his second decade as their winemaker. Koenig produces this rosé in the saignée method with Syrah from their Sunnyslope Wine District estate and…

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Indian Creek Winery 2016 White Iris Sweet Gewürztraminer, Snake River Valley, $15

Best Buy! Sadly, there’s less passion in Idaho’s vineyards for Gewürztraminer, much to the dismay of some of the Snake River Valley’s most talented winemakers. Mike McClure at his family’s Indian Creek Winery used Skyline Vineyard to present fruit salad in a glass. Classic aromas and flavors of lychee, clove…

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Sagelands Vineyard 2014 Riverbed Red, Columbia Valley, $10

Best Buy! Erstwhile owner Chalone Wine Group changed the name of this brand from Staton Hills Winery to Sagelands Vineyard. Fortunately, Precept’s team of winemakers is holding steady onto the concept of quality at affording pricing with this Cab-heavy blend that includes a pleasing injection of Syrah (12%). The nose…

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Columbia Crest 2015 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $12

Best Buy! The warmest growing season on record in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills and the Wahluke Slope paved the way for Juan Muñoz Oca and his team at Columbia Crest to create one of the West Coast’s biggest bargains in the Cabernet Sauvignon category. Classic aromas of black currant, blackberry…

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Cavatappi Winery 2015 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $12

Best Buy! Italy-inspired Peter Dow continues to spearhead the Cavatappi Winery program he founded in the late 1980s, and these are some of the most affordable, food-friendly wines available. His partnership with Precept means pulling from Oasis, Canyon Vineyard Ranch and den Hoed vineyards in the Yakima Valley, and the…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2016 Rosé, Columbia Valley, $13

Best Buy! Even though Emily Haines left Milbrandt Vineyards last summer for the Sierra Foothills, wines that she produced continue to win plaudits from judges. One of first wines released from her final harvest was this stunning pink blend of Syrah (75%) and Tempranillo off six vineyards, all picked around…

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Martin-Scott Winery 2016 The Peddler’s White, Columbia Valley, $14

Best Buy! The Martin family’s popular white blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Muscat reveals fresh, fantastic aromas and flavors of buttered toast, honeysuckle, peaches and tropical fruit. A hint of apricot and lime add complexity to the finish. It received a gold medal and went on to win best…

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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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