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broVo Spirits NV Pink Rosé Vermouth, Wahluke Slope, $9

Woodinville distillers Erin Brophy and Mhairi Voelsgen (broVo) rely on Washington wine as the base for their vermouth program. Each of their four wine-related expressions start with Wahluke Slope juice — this being Pinot Noir (75%) with eau de vie brandy at 25 percent. The government prohibits going beyond that.…

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DANCIN Vineyards 2014 Capriccio Chardonnay, Southern Oregon, $29

The Marcas established their Jacksonville, Ore., vineyard by using Chardonnay clones Robert Young 17, Dijon 76 and Wente 72, and this marks their first harvest with Brian Denner taking over for Eric Weisinger. Its one of five Chardonnays the family produces annually, and the wine exhibits some characteristics of its…

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Galentine’s Day Menu: Rosé & Honey Baked Camembert

Hey friends, Lauren here! Valentine’s Day tends to get a bad wrap & it’s easy to understand why. Overpriced flowers, expensive dinners, long lines — no thank you! But this year, we are switching things up & throwing a fun get-together that celebrates all the ladies in your life! No…

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Fujishin Family Cellars 2013 Petit Verdot, Snake River Valley, $25

Snake River Valley native Martin Fujishin pulls from Skyline Vineyard — the bread basket of the Idaho wine industry — for his expression of this robust Bordeaux red grape. His use of 50 percent new oak, a combination of both French and American, creates lovely aromas of toast and chocolate…

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Chardonnay Buttercream Frosting

Hi it’s me Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs back to share a delicious recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes with a Chardonnay Buttercream Frosting, and just in time for Valentine’s Day. Actually, let’s be real, cupcakes are perfect any time of year!  Or day… breakfast, lunch or dinner anyone?…

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Cooking with Grapes

Right now at Ponte, grapes are everywhere.  It being harvest season and all, we’ve got grapes practically hanging from the rafters.  For the most part we try to keep them in the vineyards and tank yard and off the bottom of our guest’s shoes, but if you’ve been to the…

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Soda-licious

Recently I took my son to the county fair.  There were the typical sights – games, rides, livestock, a petting zoo and (of course) booth after booth of fair food.  Fair food is the reason I love summer fairs.  The blooming onions, the corn dogs, the barbeque, the deep fried…

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Put Some Sparkle in Your Day

Ponte wants you to shine, and with three totally different sparklers on our current wine list, it’s easier than ever to find your favorite.  Think sparkling wine is only for special occasions?  Puh-lease.  We beg to differ.  Wine with bubbles has never been more food-friendly, due to a rise of…

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What to Pair with What’s in Season

Photo credit The best thing about summer – go!  No doubt some of you are saying “vacations” or “barbeques” or “sunny weather.”  I’ll bet, though, a good chunk of readers would agree with my favorite thing about summer which would be the amazing summer produce!  Peaches, berries, zucchini, watermelons and…

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Gourmet Maccaroni & Cheese Festival

Dishing up gourmet macaroni & cheese samples that they are known for, could be family recipes, could be the next recipe for success. Come hungry and remember to SAVOR THE FLAVOR. Judges will choose the TOP 3 – those will win a rather large prize.Source:Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Upcoming…

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