Patterson Cellars NV Due Anni Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $20

Multiple vintages and eight varieties, paced by Cabernet Sauvignon (36%) and Syrah (17%), paved the way for Woodinville winemaker John Patterson’s annual proprietary red blend. Aromas of cordial cherry, plum and Heine’s Blend pipe tobacco lead to flavors of Hostess cherry pie, blackberry jam and bittersweet chocolate, backed by nice…

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Mosquito Fleet Winery 2013 Reserve 34 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $90

Kitsap Peninsula winemaker Brian Petersen invested time and money in this two-barrel lot of Cabernet Sauvignon from famed Pepper Bridge Vineyard, a planting managed by Tom Waliser that celebrated its 25th birthday in 2016. A remarkable term of 34 months in new Taransaud barrels — hence the Reserve 34 name…

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Underwood 2016 Rosé, Oregon, $14

Best Buy! Willamette Valley winemaker JP Caldcleugh heads up one of the largest productions of rosé in the Pacific Northwest, and a sizable amount of the release by the prolific Union Wine Co., will be coming out in 375-milliliter cans. It’s more of a pink wine than rosé because Pinot…

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Affordable rosés for Northwest sunshine

Rosé has become a sign that spring is arriving soon. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) After our long, cold, wet winter, it is nice to see sunshine, higher temperatures and flowers beginning to show up. And this puts us in the mood to fire up the grill and toss…

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Convergence Zone Cellars 2014 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Drizzle Pinot Gris, Red Mountain, $17

Pinot Gris is just one of three white wine varieties grown across the 36 blocks at the Holmes family’s renowned sites of Ciel du Cheval, and CZ vintner Scott Greenberg pulls from here for an off-dry style of Pinot Gris. Aromas of banana, pear and fresh-cut hay lead down a…

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Eye of the Needle Winery 2016 Moments Rosé, Columbia Valley, $15

Best Buy! Woodinville winemaker Bob Bullock, proud member of the 12th Man at CenturyLink, quarterbacks this blush-style pink made with Chenin Blanc and Sangiovese, which will tackle a summertime thirst with its tasty mix of strawberry, Fuji apple and raspberry that’s finished nicely dry at just 0.5% residual sugar. This…

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Washington State Wine Competition returns this spring

Cabernet Sauvignon entries stand ready to be double-decanted for judges at the 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore., at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) GRANDVIEW, Wash. — After a two-year hiatus, the Washington State Wine Competition is returning next month. Two years ago,…

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WineAmerica presents Oregon Sen. Wyden with award

Janie Brooks Heuck of Brooks Wines in Salem, Ore., and Trent Preszler from Bedell Cellars in New York, present Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) with the 2017 Grape and Wine Public Policy Leadership Award from WineAmerica and the Winegrape Growers of America. (Photo courtesy of WineAmerica) WineAmerica, the nation’s largest wine…

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Pinot Gris and things from the sea

Pinot Gris is, in fact, not a white grape, as it turns pink when it’s ready to be harvested. An old axiom about food pairings with Pinot Gris goes like this: “Pinot Gris and things from the sea.” And that why the crisp, refreshing flavors of Northwest Pinot Gris goes…

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Nine Hats 2015 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $20

Nine of the planet’s most famous vintners are part of the renowned Long Shadows Vintners project in Walla Walla, and they work with some of the Columbia Valley’s top vineyards. There’s not room for all of that juice under Long Shadows brand, so founder Allen Shoup and director of winemaking,…

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