Taste Washington attracts record 5,258 to Grand Tasting

Representatives of Lake Chelan Wine Valley — Jamie Bell, executive director Nicole Pietromonaco Campbell and Jessica McHugh – pour for patrons at Taste Washington 2016 in Seattle. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) SEATTLE – A total of 237 award-winning wineries lured a record 5,258 wine lovers to the two-day Grand…

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Daven Lore Winery 2012 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $29

Daven Lore Winery of Prosser, Wash., brought in Merlot from the adjacent Horse Heaven Hills for this wine, then cranked out another gold medal wine. It opens with sweet aromas of blackberry fruit augmented by deeper tones of blueberry and black currant. Its flavor profile sports ripe summer blackberries and…

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Smasne Cellars 2012 Upland Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Snipes Mountain, $44

Nobody makes more wines from Snipes Mountain, an upthrust in the middle of the Yakima Valley near the community of Sunnyside, than Robert Smasne. And Upland Vineyard is one of the historic plantings in Washington wine country, with a legacy that stretches back to 1917. This elegant yet powerful Cabernet…

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Quady North 2015 Pistoleta, Rogue Valley, $20

Based in Medford, Ore., second-generation vintner Herb Quady tapped fruit from the Rogue Valley for its 2015 blend of 40% Viognier, 25% Roussanne, 25% Marsanne and 10% Grenache Blanc. Called Pistoleta and sporting a pair of derringers on its label, it’s highly aromatic, with spice, pear, melon and and lime…

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O•S Winery 2013 Sonas Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $25

Using grapes from Sheridan Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, this winery in the south Seattle neighborhood of Georgetown has created a beautiful and elegant Cab Franc. Aromas of dried purple lavender and black cherry give way to flavors of huckleberry, vanilla cream and sweet dried herbs. It’s all backed by…

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Zerba Cellars 2013 Zinfandel, Walla Walla Valley, $45

The prominent letter “Z” emblazoned on Zerba Cellars’ label is the perfect symbol for the Walla Walla Valley winery’s 2013 Zinfandel. Drawing on grapes from his home AVA, winemaker Doug Nierman crafted another gold medal winner for the Milton-Freewater, Ore., winery. In the glass, vanilla, black currants, blackberries and raisins…

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Marcus Notaro builds Red Mountain-Napa Valley connection

Marcus Notaro is the head winemaker for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in California’s Napa Valley. He was the head winemaker for Col Solare on Washington’s Red Mountain until three years ago. (Photo courtesy of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars) NAPA, Calif. – One man has now been the head winemaker for…

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Elite producers prepare for Woodinville Reserve celebration

Novelty Hill Januik Winery will serve as the site for the 2016 Woodinville Reserve. (Photo by Benjamin Benschneider/Courtesy of Novelty Hill) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – Wine lovers throughout the Puget Sound who can’t make the pilgrimmage to the Walla Walla Valley for “Leonetti Weekend” have a delicious alternative on Friday, May…

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Prosser’s Wit Cellars ready to launch

Cat Warwick, left, Flint Nelson and Gina Adams-Royer are the owners of Wit Cellars. The new Prosser, Wash., winery will open the weekend of May 7. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) PROSSER, Wash. – Washington’s newest winery opens its doors May 7 in the cradle of the state’s wine…

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Smasne, Tudor buy former Olsen winery in Prosser

Sean Tudor, left, and Robert Smasne have purchased the former Olsen Estates winery in the Vintners Village in Prosser, Wash. They plan to open to the public in June. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) PROSSER, Wash. – A winery that has stood empty for a half-decade has new owners.…

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