Primarius Winery 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $15

Best Buy! Northwest Wine Academy grad Sarah Cabot enters her second decade of crafting Pinot Noir in Oregon, and this youthful and affordable release marks her first vintage for Precept at its Dundee winery. Sweet and toasty oak tones make for aromas of grilled strawberry, dark cherry, blueberry and bittersweet…

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Cairdeas Winery 2013 Consonance Red Wine Blend, Yakima Valley, $39

Lake Chelan winemaker Charlie Lybecker took Syrah (38%) and co-fermented it with Petite Sirah (38%), Mourvedre (10%), Grenache (9%) and Roussanne for a tangy and delicious Rhône blend sourced from the cradle of the Washington wine industry. Dusty plum, macerated cherries and blueberry taffy aromas are joined by coffee. Boysenberry…

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Oregon Wine Experience posts Oregon Wine University class schedule

The 2016 Oregon Wine Experience will stage its annual Grand Tasting for the public Sunday, Aug. 28 in Jacksonville on Bigham Knoll Campus. (Photo by Colony One Studio/Courtesy of Oregon Wine Experience) MEDFORD, Ore. – The Oregon Wine Experience in the Rogue Valley city of Medford takes a scholarly approach…

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Wind Rose Cellars 2012 Nebbiolo, Columbia Valley, $30

University of Kansas grad David Volmut grew up in an Italian family, and the love and lure of wine led him to Washington state and a second career as a vintner. He’s now anchored on the Olympic Peninsula coastal town of Sequim, relying on grapes from the Columbia Valley for…

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Anthony’s Restaurants founder receives top award from peers

Anthony Anton, left, president of the Washington Restaurant Association, presents Budd Gould, founder/president of Anthony’s Restaurants, with the award for Full Service Operator of the Year for 2016. (Photo courtesy of Anthony’s Restaurants) SEATTLE – Seattle restaurateur Budd Gould, one of Washington state wine industry’s strongest supporters, recently received the…

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Waitsburg Cellars 2014 Three White Blend Grenache Blanc-Marsanne-Picpoul, Columbia Valley, $17

Waitsburg Cellars of Walla Walla, Wash., blended three rather exotic whites from Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley into its 2014 “Three” blend of Grenache Blanc, Picpoul and Marsanne. The result is aromas of subtle spice, melon, apple, then flavors of honeydew melon, apples and a little tropical fruit element…

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Unbroken 2012 Blended Red, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

The McKinley Springs tandem of grower Rob Andrews and winemaker Mike Rowell developed this estate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (43%), Merlot (27%), Malbec (19%) and Cabernet Franc as a tribute to the generations of farming families in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills. It’s a beautifully balanced Left Bank Bordeaux style red…

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Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Limited Release Jonté Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley, $20

As a Ste. Michelle employee, longtime Yakima Valley winemaker Katie Nelson spent several weeks working the 2014 harvest in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, and she produced this delicious small lot of Sauvignon Blanc for Chateau Ste. Michelle a few months after her return. (Nelson joined Charles Smith’s team…

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Ryan Patrick 2013 Rock Island Red, Columbia Valley, $20

Rock Island Red is a red blend that features 44% Merlot and 44% Syrah. It’s a compatible marriage of Bordeaux and Rhône grapes that shows off cured meat with blackberry and spice aromas below. On the palate, the Syrah and Merlot share their blackberry flavors, then Syrah reminds the sipper…

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Pacific Northwest vineyards track ahead of 2015

Three-year-old vines of Grenache reach toward the hot spring sun at Double D Vineyards, an estate planting along the Columbia River for Rocky Pond Winery in Orondo, Wash. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) Records for high temperatures continues to fall and growing degree days remain in uncharted territory, and…

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