Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $22

Coming from a cool vintage, this Chardonnay is from one of the few estate vineyards for Chateau Ste. Michelle. It opens with aromas of baked apple, poached pear, butter and apricot, followed by flavors of butter, pineapple and butterscotch. It’s a rich wine on the palate with nice length. Rating:…

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Holmes Harbor Cellars 2009 Carménère, Walla Walla Valley, $34

Carménère is one of our favorite red wine grapes – not only does it produce delicious and distinctive wines, but it also has a great story behind it. Carménère is one of the original Bordeaux red varieties and was once thought to rival Cabernet Sauvignon in quality. But the great…

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JoieFarm 2011 En Famille Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $40

Robert Thielicke is the winemaker at JoieFarm, one of British Columbia’s best producers. He is a veteran winemaker who has spent more than a decade in the valley’s cellars. This reserve-level Pinot Noir uses grapes from the Naramata Bench and other nearby vineyards, and only the top barrels are chosen.…

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Woodinville Wine Country appoints new director

WOODINVILLE, Wash. – Woodinville Wine Country has named Sandra Lee as its new executive director. Woodinville, a suburb of Seattle, has grown to nearly 100 wineries and tasting rooms in the past decade. The Woodinville winery group, created in 2002, lists 68 member wineries – including Chateau Ste. Michelle –…

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Hailstones fall on Yakima Valley vineyards

Two hailstorms leave behind some damage in clusters of Touriga Nacional on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Desert Wind Winery in Prosser, Wash. (Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) PROSSER, Wash. – A pair of hailstorms pelted parts of eastern Washington on Saturday morning, but little damage was seen was reported in…

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Washington’s Hogue Cellars names new head winemaker

Hogue Cellars has hired Greg Winter from Valley of the Moon in Sonoma County as its new director of winemaking. (Photo via Flickr/click for credit) PROSSER, Wash. – One day after longtime winemaker Co Dinn left to launch his own winemaking consulting company, Hogue Cellars announced the appointment of Greg…

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Columbia Crest 2009 StoneTree Vineyard Reserve Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $30

Want to make sure you get super-ripe fruit? Go see Tedd Wildman on the Wahluke Slope. Many of Washington state’s most hedonistic wines come from his StoneTree Vineyard, and Ray Einberger made the call to harvest Block 15 on Sept. 14, more than three weeks prior to the “game over”…

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Columbia Crest 2010 H3 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Best Buy! Thirty years ago, Ste. Michelle moved to Paterson, Wash., and began making wine in this town overlooking the Columbia River from the Horse Heaven Hills. Several years ago, they launched this mid-level tier for Columbia Crest, and the wines under Juan Muñoz Oca continue to be among the…

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Daven Lore Winery 2010 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Winemaker Gordon Taylor and Joan “Dr. Dirt” Davenport live on the northern slope of the Horse Heaven Hills, overlooking Prosser, Wash., and they tapped into Alder Ridge Vineyard at the southern tip of the appellation this expressive Merlot. Plums, pomegranate and Almond Joy candy bar aromas are transformed into fresh…

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Washington wine grape growers dodge unusually wet weather

Kent Waliser, general manager of Sagemoor Vineyards, said the recent wet weather has caused his vines to pick up a lot of additional growth. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Washington wine grape growers want their vines to be happy, but the last week or so has delivered delirious weather…

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