Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2014 Estate Riesling, McMinnville, $18

This often-overlooked North Willamette Valley producer continues to excel with its cool-climate program, and while Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay grab most of the headlines in Oregon, Stephen Cary and Ariel Eberle continue to prove that Riesling deserves to be the discussion, too. They work with two blocks of…

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Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2016 Limited Edition Canyon Vineyard Ranch Cinsaut Rosé, Yakima Valley, $20

Walla Walla winemaker Bill Murray collaborated on Meredith Smith’s stellar, albeit short-lived, Cinsault rosé program for Precept Wine at Sawtooth in Idaho, but he’s revived it for Canoe Ridge Vineyard by pulling the lesser-known red Rhône grape out of Canyon Vineyard Ranch in the Yakima Valley. Its pale salmon color…

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Finding bargains in red wines

Clean and ripe grapes could be mistaken for black currants or blueberries as they take another step toward their transformation into wine at Tranche Cellars in Walla Walla, Wash. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) A question often asked is why red wine is so much more expensive than white wine.The…

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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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Robert Ramsay Cellars 2014 McKinley Springs Mourvèdre, Horse Heaven Hills, $35

A year ago, this Woodinville winery with a tasting room on Seattle’s Queen Anne earned our top rating for its 2012 Mourvèdre from McKinley Springs Vineyard. This fall, winemakers Robert Ramsay Harris and Casey Cobble earned a gold medal at the 2017 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition for their 2014…

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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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Adelsheim Vineyard promotes Hennen to replace Paige as winemaker

Head winemaker Dave Paige, left, will hand off all of his keys to the Adelsheim Vineyard barrel room to associate winemaker Gina Hennen later this month. (Photo by Adelsheim Vineyard/Courtesy of Trellis Growth Partners) NEWBERG, Ore. – Oregon’s iconic Adelsheim Vineyard makes just the fourth winemaking change in its 45-year…

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Time to make room for new whites and pinks

From when White wine grapes are harvested to when the become wine can take as little as a few weeks (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) The 2017 harvest had all but wrapped up. Walk into any winery in the Pacific Northwest, in the cellar, red and white wines will…

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Bitner Vineyards 2014 Erletxe Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $35

Internationally renowned biologist Ron Bitner began with Chardonnay in the early 1980s then became inspired by Syrah when his research on the alfalfa leafcutter bee took him to Australia. Now, his passion is on the Spanish variety Tempranillo. His longtime friend Greg Koenig and Skyline Vineyard joined forces on this…

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Huston Vineyards 2014 Private Reserve Petite Sirah, Snake River Valley $55

The Alger family in Idaho’s tiny rural community of Huston works with urban winemaker Melanie Krause on their red program, and they’ve showcased Petite Sirah – a brawny Rhône grape – in this bottling from nearby Williamson Vineyard. Dense purple notes bring along notes of dark chocolate with lavender and…

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