Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2015 The Expedition Rosé, Columbia Valley, $15

Best Buy! Walla Walla Valley winemaker Bill Murray continues to champion the cause for showcasing the virtues of Rhône varieties in rosé. As Precept’s director of Idaho winemaking, he has supported Meredith Smith’s stunning pink program at Sawtooth, starting with Cinsault from 2013 and recently Grenache. For his latest release…

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Bella Wines 2015 Cavada Sparkling Rosé Brut Natural, Okanagan Valley, $26

Renaissance man Jay Drysdale continues his quest to raise the appreciation for sparkling wine in British Columbia and beyond, yet the laser-focus of his expanding program remains on small vineyards. He released a trio of sparkling Gamay Noir wines from the 2015 vintage, and two of them grown not far…

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Mercer Estates 2013 Cavalie Vineyard Block 93 Eagle & Plow Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $100

Patriotism runs deep at Mercer Estates, starting with owner Rob Mercer, who reenlisted in the Marine Corps after the 9/11 attacks. His vineyard manager, John Derrick, had a friend who lost his life as a passenger helping to save others on United Flight 93. Upon returning home, Rob and John…

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JM Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $38

John Bigelow of Woodinville has crafted a lovely example of Chardonnay combining grapes from two stellar sites in the Columbia Basin with a reputation for shining with whites – Conner Lee and Stillwater Creek. It opens with an oak and lemon overlay of aromas, followed by lemon, tart apple and…

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Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Washington, $15

Best Buy! As the wheat-growing McIntosh brothers plant vines in the newly established Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area, they continue to rely on Washington for the large majority of their winery production. This affordable Riesling, made with grapes from O’Brien Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, gave winemaking Art McIntosh a…

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Smasne Cellars 2012 County Line Red, Columbia Valley, $25

Robert Smasne grew up along County Line Road in the Yakima Valley, and so this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (48%), Petit Verdot (21%), Merlot (6%), Carménère (3%) and Cabernet Franc is no afterthought for him. In fact, he traditionally features many of his prized grape sources, Coyote Canyon and Phinny…

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Lindsay Creek Vineyards adds to growth of Lewis-Clark Valley wine

Fourth-generation wheat farmers Art McIntosh, left, and his brother, Doug, operate Lindsay Creek Vineyards in Lewiston, Idaho. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) LEWISTON, Idaho – It might catch visitors by surprise when they drive up to Lindsay Creek Vineyards and find it in the middle of wheat fields on…

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Double Canyon to build winemaking facility near Red Mountain

Double Canyon’s 90-acre vineyard in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills is planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon. (Photo courtesy of Double Canyon) WEST RICHLAND, Wash. – A Washington winery focused on producing Cabernet Sauvignon from the Horse Heaven Hills is announcing today that it will build a 47,000-square-foot winemaking facility near Red…

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Clearwater Canyon Cellars comes of age on Idaho century farm

Earl Bennett, trustee for the Idaho Historical Society, presents an Idaho Century Farm plaque to Mary McQuary, Karl Umiker and McQuary’s daughter, Coco Umiker of Umiker Vineyard and Clearwater Canyon Cellars. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) LEWISTON, Idaho – If Idaho winemakers Coco Umiker and her husband, Karl, had…

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Tantalus Wines 2013 Old Vines Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $30

Its roots stretch back to 1978, and New Zealand native/Aussie-trained David Peterson’s scintillating work with these old vines in the hills just east of Kelowna, British Columbia, have turned this Riesling into one of Canada’s most famous wines. International acclaim continues to grow for Tantalus because of this Riesling, which…

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