8 Northwest rosés ideal for Thanksgiving

Bottles of Pacific Northwest rosé stand ready to be judged at the 2017 Cascadia International Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) The post 8 Northwest rosés ideal for Thanksgiving appeared first on Great Northwest Wine. Powered by WPeMatico

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Pinot Gris rules Oregon’s white wine landscape

Pinot Gris for the 2017 vintage ripens Sept. 1 in Archer Vineyard on the southern slope of Parrett Mountain in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) For the past 15 years, Pinot Gris has been Oregon’s go-to white wine grape. With more than 15,000 tons harvested in…

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Chardonnay plays an important role in Washington

Chardonnay is an important wine grape variety in the Pacific Northwest. This sign is in Cold Creek Vineyard in Washington’s Columbia Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Chardonnay has been at or near the top of the heap in Washington wine country for the better part of 30 years.…

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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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We tend to think of Oregon as Pinot Noir country. Rightly so, s they harvested more than 50,000 tons of the red French grape last fall. Varner-Traul Vineyard in Talent, Ore., is the estate vineyard for Ledger David Cellars. The Rogue Valley site, first planted in 2006, spans 15 acres…

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A dozen great Northwest wines

Only after deciding how we want to rate a wine do we learn what it is. Our top rating is “Outstanding!” (Photo by Darlene Hildebrandt/Digital Photo Mentor) What makes a great Northwest wine? When we evaluate wines, we taste them under blind conditions, meaning we know neither the producer nor…

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Merlot, straight up delicious

Merlot grapes wait to be crushed at a Walla Walla Valley winery. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) It’s been 13 years since the movie Sideways told filmgoers to not drink Merlot. It’s time to get over it. Merlot, especially in the Pacific Northwest, is delicious, one of the best and…

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Chardonnay popular on both sides of Columbia River

Chardonnay grapes are close to optimal ripeness in the Yakima Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Chardonnay is by far the most popular wine in America, and in the Pacific Northwest, it also has strong support. In Washington, it is the No. 1 white wine grape, keeping ahead of…

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Affordable rosés for Northwest sunshine

Rosé has become a sign that spring is arriving soon. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) After our long, cold, wet winter, it is nice to see sunshine, higher temperatures and flowers beginning to show up. And this puts us in the mood to fire up the grill and toss…

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Pinot Gris and things from the sea

Pinot Gris is, in fact, not a white grape, as it turns pink when it’s ready to be harvested. An old axiom about food pairings with Pinot Gris goes like this: “Pinot Gris and things from the sea.” And that why the crisp, refreshing flavors of Northwest Pinot Gris goes…

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