Lone Birch 2015 Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $12

Best Buy! This second label for the Miller family furthers its reputation for consistent quality and everyday pricing with the latest release with Chardonnay off the home base for Airfield Estates. Inviting aromas of starfruit, Juicy Fruit gum, Lemonhead candy and jasmine transition to up-front and smooth flavors of starfruit…

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Malaga Springs Winery 2014 AlyKat Red, Columbia Valley, $24

This delicious red blend of Zinfandel and Syrah from Malaga Springs near Wenatchee is a bright wine with aromas of strawberry, Rainier cherry and hints of spice, followed by flavors of raspberry, pomegranate and red currant. It’s all backed by well-integrated tannins and bright acidity. This should pair beautifully with…

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Chateau Faire Le Pont 2012 Elerding Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $46

Owner/winemaker Doug Brazil has a deft touch with red wines, as he proves year after year with one stellar wine after another. This remarkable Cab uses grapes from the remote Horse Heaven Hills south of the Yakima Valley, and it provides aromas of red currant, spiced cherry and hints of…

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Beaumont Cellars 2014 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $32

Winemaker Pete Beaumont caught our eye a few years ago with his initial release of red wines, and his talent in the cellar continues to grow. This remarkable Cab Franc unveils aromas of Bing cherry and dried blueberry, followed by elegant flavors of cherry, red currant and loganberry. It’s all…

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Lost River Winery 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25

Winemaker John Morgan was a civil engineer in Bellingham before deciding to open this winery in 2002 in the Methow Valley. It was a good move for him and wine lovers, as he has proven to be one of North Central Washington’s most talented winemakers. This gorgeous Merlot offers aromas…

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Jones of Washington 2014 Estate Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope, $14

Best Buy! Using grapes from estate vineyards on the warm Wahluke Slope, winemaker Victor Palencia continues to show his skills as one of Washington’s finest white wine producers. This opens with intriguing aromas of lemon bar and orange zest, followed by flavors of crisp lime and lemon, all backed by…

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Roller Girl 2013 Jammer Red, Walla Walla County, $18

College Cellars alumna Tanya Woodley recently doubled production for SuLei Cellars, and the success of her entry-level Roller Girl Jammer Red is powering much of that growth. She admits that her goal for this blend of Merlot (43%), Cabernet Franc (31%) and Cabernet Sauvignon is one of approachability. It finds…

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Airfield Estates 2015 Sweet Riesling, Yakima Valley, $15

Best Buy! Marcus Miller, a product of Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking school, grows 27 varieties across nearly 900 acres of vines on his family’s estate near Prosser, Wash. That gives him the flexibility to develop Riesling in a variety of ways, including this in an off-dry style the German…

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Seven Hills Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $17

One of the Walla Walla Valley’s most historic figures, Casey McClellan, owns estate vineyards on the Oregon side of the stateline. And he used to make wine in Milton-Freewater. It makes sense that he relies on sites in Oregon — Abiqua Wind near Salem, Dunning near Corvallis and Melrose in…

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Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Smaragd Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $32

A motorcycle trip through the Alps inspired Stephen Reustle to make this Austrian variety his signature grape, and the self-taught Southern Oregon winemaker pioneered its production in the U.S. with the 2005 vintage. His plantings began in 2003, and they now span 5 acres across his two vineyards – Romancing…

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