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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