Convergence Zone Cellars 2010 Storm Front, Red Mountain, $28

This Woodinville, Wash., winery is crafting some impressive wines, primarily using Red Mountain grapes. This delicious red blend includes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. It opens with aromas of purple and blue fruit, including boysenberry and blueberry. On the palate, it opens with bold juicy flavors of cherry,…

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Pacific Northwest wineries build events around Mother’s Day

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars and other members of the Spokane Wineries Association will participate in Mother’s Day Weekend events Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Flickr. Click through for credit) Sunday in the Pacific Northwest will be a day to celebrate mothers with brunch, flowers and regional wine. Some tasting rooms that…

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Pacific Rim Winemakers 2011 Vin de Glaciere Riesling, Columbia Valley, $14

Best Buy! This dessert wine from Pacific Rim is made in and interesting style. The grapes are picked fairly early (for dessert wine) to retain natural acidity, then frozen in a faux ice wine style and pressed. The result is delicious and affordable. It opens with huge aromas of honey…

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Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2010 Reserve Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $24

This longtime Walla Walla winery started as a collaboration between famed Chalone Wine Group of California and Washington partners, then was purchased by an international beverage company. Now it’s owned by Precept Wine in Seattle and is thriving again. This upper-tier Merlot offers aromas of fresh cedar, red currant and…

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At Barnard Griffin, 30 years is just the beginning

Rob Griffin is owner and winemaker of Barnard Griffin in Richland, Wash. This marks the 30th year of the winery. (Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) RICHLAND, Wash. – When Deb Barnard and Rob Griffin launched their winery 30 years ago, Washington wine country was still the wild west. The American Viticultural…

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Diversion NV Riesling, Washington, $15

Best Buy! This easy-drinking Riesling from Rainier Wine in Seattle is a delicious combination of quality and value. It opens with aromas of fresh-squeezed lime juice, flint, fresh-cut pineapple and lemon zest. On the palate, it offers gorgeous flavors of blood orange, apple and spice. It provides a sense of…

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Gordon Estate 2009 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $22

This longtime Washington winery with estate vines overlooking the Snake River just a few miles before it drops into the Columbia has now opened a tasting bar in the Broadmoor mall in Pasco. This Merlot should be welcomed by any of its visitors, thanks to stunning aromas of black cherry…

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Six Prong 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

This brand owned by Precept Wine in Seattle is named for the road that leads to Alder Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. This delicious and reasonably priced Cab opens with aromas of Hungarian paprika, red currant, cedar and dark chocolate. On the palate, it offers flavors of Marionberry…

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Oregon’s ‘Newbergundian’ chef to return to James Beard House

The Painted Lady Restaurant, right, and The Painted Lady Cottage in Newberg, Ore., are owned and operated by the husband/wife team of Allen Routt and Jessica Bagley. (Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) NEWBERG, Ore. – Allen Routt of The Painted Lady Restaurant in Newberg, Ore., returns to the famed James Beard…

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Willamette Valley Vineyards 2010 Hannah Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $45

This vineyard in the northern Willamette Valley produced a blend of five clones of Pinot Noir, and the complexity shows in the bottle. It opens with aromas of sage, cherry, toffee, maple syrup and raspberry, followed by flavors of mint, rosemary, red currant, cranberry and hints of vanilla and spice.…

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