Crayelle Cellars 2016 Albariño, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $23

Craig Mitrakul has been making some of the best wines in North Central Washington for decades, but for other wineries. Now, the Cornell grad has his own brand in Cashmere, and his hard work continues to pay off with this white wine, which was chosen best of show at the…

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Cadaretta 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

The Middleton family’s remarkable Southwind Vineyard in the southern portion of the Walla Walla Valley forms much of the base of Cadaretta’s flagship wine, which Kendall Mix polished what Brian Rudin at their Artifex production facility in Walla Walla. The 22 months in French oak presents sweet aromas of a…

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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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Malaga Springs Winery 2016 Blanc de Noir, Columbia Valley, $17

This off-dry pink sipper by grower/winemaker Al Mathews opens with engaging aromas of just-picked strawberries and flavors of Rainier cherries, pink grapefruit and red raspberries. It claimed gold and best in class at the 2017 Wenatchee Wine Awards. Rating: Outstanding! Production: 85 cases Alcohol: 14.1% Winery website Subscribe to our…

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Desert Wind Winery 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $18

Cabernet Sauvignon thrives in the heat of Washington’s Columbia Valley, and the Fries family of Duck Pond Cellars in Oregon continues to prove that its maturing 480-acre Desert Wind Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope can yield stellar Cab and offer it at a remarkable price. Classic notes of plum, red…

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Chris Daniel Winery 2014 Petite Sirah/Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25

Napa winemaker Chris Daniel Stewart and his father, Michael Sean Stewart, opened their winery last spring in Quincy, Wash., and they’ve enjoyed delicious success with its first vintage. This Rhône-style blend that leads with Petite Sirah (67%) offers aromas of cooked red plums, cigar box, amplified by flavors of huckleberry, blueberry,…

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Eagle Creek Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $22

Ed Rutledge produced this delicious lightly oaked Chardonnay at his Leavenworth winery. Aromas of tropical fruit, including pineapple, mango and banana, along with hints of Golden Delicious apple, all backed by bright, refreshing acidity that gives way to a juicy finish. It won a gold medal and best in class…

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Rocky Pond Winery 2015 Double D Vineyard Malbec, Columbia Valley, $42

As Double D Vineyard grows and matures, the Dufenhorst family will look to sell more of the fruit from this site along the Columbia River 15 miles downstream from Chelan. Consulting winemaker Ron Bunnell showed a deft touch with these four barrels of Malbec, investing 13 months in 100% new…

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Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2014 S&M Red Wine, Lake Chelan, $38

This fun, talented and devoted producer on the north shore of Lake Chelan loves its double entendres, and this might be the best yet, thanks to a blend of Syrah and Malbec. These are two grapes that complement the other as the bright acidity of the Malbec lifts the fruit…

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