Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2010 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Jet Black Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $25

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – “ANC” to its fans – has it all going on. It has tasting rooms on both sides of the Cascades (Prosser and Woodinville) and one of the state’s most creative chefs (Frank Magaña) on staff and a sweet spot for a vineyard overlooking the Columbia River…

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Washington Pinot Gris on a rocketship

Washington Pinot Gris production has eclipsed Oregon in recent vintages. Note: This is the third of our four-part series on Pacific Northwest Pinot Gris. Pinot Gris is Oregon’s signature white wine grape – but Washington Pinot Gris has quickly gotten into the game. In just a decade, Washington Pinot Gris has…

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Raptor Ridge Winery 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $38

Scott and Annie Shull launched Raptor Ridge in 1995, and they named the winery after the hawks, owls and kestrels that share the property. This delicious reserve-level Pinot Noir opens with aromas of dried strawberry, pie cherry, earth and a hint of oak. On the palate, it reveals flavors of…

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Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Canoe Ridge is a hill overlooking the Columbia River in Washington’s southern Horse Heaven Hills. It has a lengthy history that goes back to when Lewis & Clark were floating toward the Pacific Ocean and destiny. As the story goes, one of the intrepid explorers looked up at the ridge…

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Smasne Cellars 2011 Upland Vineyard Chardonnay, Snipes Mountain, $20

Upland is one of the oldest vineyards in Washington. In 1917, William Bridgman began planting wine grapes on the slopes of Snipes Mountain in the heart of the Yakima Valley – and some of those grapes remain productive today. The grapes for this Chardonnay were planted by the Newhouse family…

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Knight Hill Winery 2010 Mourvèdre, Wahluke Slope, $24

Owners Anne and Terry Harrison use the services of winemaker Anke Wildman to produce some of the best wines coming out of the Zillah area of the Yakima Valley. The grapes for this wine were sourced from StoneTree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope (which, not coincidentally, is owned and operated…

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Tsillan Cellars 2010 Estate Malbec, Lake Chelan, $28

Tsillan Cellars on the south shore of Lake Chelan is one of the most beautiful wineries in the Pacific Northwest and offers one of the prettiest views anywhere in Washington wine country. The wines are pretty special, too, relying on estate grapes planted where some of the world’s best Red…

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Wenatchee newspaper helps promote North Central Washington wines

Barb Robertson, a Wenatchee-area wine professional, evaluates wines during the North Central Washington Wine Awards. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WENATCHEE, Wash. – Periodicals have a long tradition of sponsoring wine competitions. There’s the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in Sonoma County, the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition in…

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Pine & Post 2010 Chardonnay, Washington, $7

Best Buy! This is one of the least-expensive Washington wines we’ve run across in recent months – and it’s also one of the best. This Chardonnday from Precept Wine shows just enough oak to let you know it’s there, yet not so much that it gets in the way of…

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Erath Winery 2010 Prince Hill 115 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $50

Pinot Noir 115 is one of five clones from the Dijon Experimental Station in France that have been extensively planted in Oregon’s Willamette Valley over the past several years. It is seen as a version of Pinot Noir that tends to be a bit less expressive than, say, 113. But…

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