Tunnel Hill Winery 2015 Malbec, Lake Chelan, $32

Using grapes from Antoine Creek Vineyards on the banks of the Columbia River, outside of the Lake Chelan American Viticultural Area, winemaker Guy Evans has crafted a delicious and remarkable Malbec loaded with classic aromas of black pepper, black and blue fruit and even hints of blackcap raspberries. On the…

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Wine industry advocates applaud 2-year trim in federal excise tax

Jim Trezise is president of WineAmerica. The organization based in Washington, D.C., counts more than 600 members across the United States. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) While it is up to individual wineries on how they deal with reduced federal excise taxes, industry leaders expect those savings to be…

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Willamette Valley Vineyards buys Maison Bleue, plans vineyard

Jon Meuret moved his family and Maison Bleue Winery to Walla Walla, Wash., in 2012. This week, publicly traded Willamette Valley Vineyards announced that it has purchased the brand, allowing Meuret to focus on winemaking and viticulture for both Maison Bleue and the Oregon company’s young Pambrun Wines project. (Photo…

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San Juan Vineyards 2016 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $17

Puget Sound winemaker Chris Lawler took this fruit Sept. 15 from Crawford Vineyard near Prosser, Wash., and ushered it into a crisp wine that’s meant for seafood and shellfish. Aromas of dusty starfruit and dried apricot are matched on the palate, which is finished with citrusy notes. Rating: Excellent Production:…

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Crayelle Cellars 2016 Albariño, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $23

Craig Mitrakul has been making some of the best wines in North Central Washington for decades, but for other wineries. Now, the Cornell grad has his own brand in Cashmere, and his hard work continues to pay off with this white wine, which was chosen best of show at the…

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Barnard Griffin wins rosé sweepstakes again at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Rob Griffin’s 2017 Rosé of Sangiovese won the rosé sweepstakes at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest judging of wine in the United States. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) CLOVERDALE, Calif. — One of the hottest wines on the U.S. market these days is rosé, and…

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San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition set to go international

Judging organizer Bob Fraser announced that the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition will begin allowing entries from Canada and Mexico starting for the 2019 judging. (Photo courtesy of PR Magic) CLOVERDALE, Calif. — As the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition began its final full day, competition director Bob Fraser…

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Cadaretta 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

The Middleton family’s remarkable Southwind Vineyard in the southern portion of the Walla Walla Valley forms much of the base of Cadaretta’s flagship wine, which Kendall Mix polished what Brian Rudin at their Artifex production facility in Walla Walla. The 22 months in French oak presents sweet aromas of a…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2016 Evergreen Vineyard Traditions Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13

The Ancient Lakes in general and Evergreen Vineyard in particular have proven to be a great spot for growing world-class Riesling. So a gold for this wine is no surprise. Aromas of white flower petals, juicy peaches and crisp apple lead to flavors of Asian pear, Golden Delicious apple and…

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Ryan Patrick Wines 2016 Rosé Wine, Columbia Valley, $15

This dry and delightful Provence-style rosé is heavy on Syrah, but also includes dollops of Cinsault, Grenache and Mourvèdre. It exudes aromas and flavors of pomegranate, cranberry, fresh raspberry and a pinch of savory herbs. This earned a gold medal and best in class at the 2017 Wenatchee Wine Awards.…

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