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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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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Succession Wines 2016 Rosé, Columbia Valley, $24

Made from Pinot Noir off Antoine Creek Vineyard, this superb rosé opens with aromas of dusty cherry, summer strawberries and persimmon jelly, along with a touch of lemon-lime. Bright, juicy acidity lifts the fruit through the pleasing finish. It captured gold and best in class at the 2017 Wenatchee Wine…

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Cerebella 2014 Front Back Go Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Retired Army medic Robb Zimmel and business partner Jon Unruh, a Marine, donate 10 percent of their profits from this soldier tribute bottling to the Zachary & Elizabeth Fisher House Foundation, which helps provide housing comfort to military and veterans’ families during times of hospitalization or treatment. Zimmel’s winemaking for…

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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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