Ancient Lakes fascinates as young Washington wine region


Several of the Columbia Basin’s Ancient Lakes near Quincy, Wash., are found in the canyon between Evergreen Vineyard and Ancient Lakes Vineyard, and both plantings were established by the Milbrandt brothers. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) Some of Washington’s oldest vines are in the state’s newest American Viticultural Area.…

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An Outstanding selection of 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) We taste many Northwest wines. When wine is submitted to us for review, it goes into a queue to be tasted under blind…

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Wahluke Slope the backbone of the Washington Wine Industry


A crew works a mechanical harvester at a vineyard on the western edge of the Wahluke Slope during harvest 2013. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Follow the Columbia River up through the middle of the state, and you’ll run into the Wahluke Slope, an 81,000-acre American Viticultural Area that…

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NW Sauvignon Blanc a seafood favorite


Sauvignon Blanc from Bacchus Vineyard in the Columbia Valley arrives at Barnard Griffin Winery in Richland, Wash. The grapes were planted in 1974, making them some of the oldest in the state. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Sauvignon Blanc is a truly global variety, finding fame and fans from…

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Cabernet Franc a gentler version of Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Franc grapes are grown throughout Washington’s Columbia Valley, where Bordeaux varieties thrive. (Photo by Niranjana Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Cabernet Franc often is viewed as a kinder, gentler version of Cabernet Sauvignon, kind of like its little brother. More correctly, it’s more of a father figure. DNA testing in 1997…

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Brilliance of Oregon Pinot Noir


Pinot Noir from one vineyard in Oregon wine country can taste completely different than Pinot Noir grown on a nearby hill in a different AVA. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) When you focus on one grape, you get pretty good at it. This works in the Old World with…

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Bargain whites abound across Great Northwest


Affordable white wines are not difficult to find throughout the Pacific Northwest. Here are a dozen delicious examples or $15 or less. (Photo by Richard Duval/Vine Lines) With spring weather warming considerably, we will find ourselves reaching for crisp and refreshing white wines more often for the next several months.…

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Great value reds from Great Northwest


  Barrels, whether new or used, are a big part of the cost of producing red wine. The barrels are expensive, and they take up a lot of space. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) When looking at affordable red wines, there are two considerations: sub-premium box and jug wines…

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Time to think pink in Great Northwest


Northwest winemakers continue to provide consumers with delicious dry rosé wines that pair beautifully with fresh Northwest cuisine. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Rosés are one of the hottest categories of wine across the Pacific Northwest. Wine lovers are buying and drinking dry rosés in record numbers, and winemakers are…

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Riesling comes in many delicious forms


Riesling comes in many forms, from ultra-dry to mega-sweet. (Photo courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle) In the past two decades, the Pacific Northwest has established itself as a world-class center of Riesling, standing on the global wine stage with such luminaries as Germany and Australia. And every three years, the…

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