Youngberg Hill 2016 Aspen Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $25

McMinnville vintner Wayne Bailey has joined others in Oregon’s Willamette Valley by transitioning some of his Pinot Gris over to Chardonnay. His remaining 2 1/2 acres of 10-year-old Gris in the family’s Aspen Block makes for an easy and delicious drink. Tropical tones with Key Lime lead into orchard fruit…

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Shane Collins leaves Tsillan Cellars to join Rocky Pond Winery

Shane Collins walks rows of Riesling in the estate vineyard for Tsillan Cellars in Chelan, Wash. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) CHELAN, Wash. – Lake Chelan winemaker Shane Collins wasn’t looking to leave stately Tsillan Cellars, but Rocky Pond Winery offered him an exciting opportunity that allows him to continue…

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Beresan Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Founder/grower Tom Waliser pulled from his Yellow Jacket and Waliser vineyards, two of the oldest sites in what is now The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater, and winemaker Tom Glase wove the fruit into a complex example of Cabernet Sauvignon from a stellar vintage. It’s beautifully expressive, deep and complex with…

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Caramelized Onion, Apple and Brie Flatbread

Hello Kendall-Jackson friends it’s, Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life Blog! Today, I’m sharing a delicious Caramelized Onion, Apple and Brie Flatbread recipe — perfect for summer! Actually, flatbread recipes are fantastic any time of year but we especially enjoy them during the summer months. They’re perfect grilled on the BBQ, then served up as…

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Nine Hats Wines 2016 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $14

Best Buy! The sister label of Walla Walla’s Long Shadows Vintners program is spearheaded by the brilliant Gilles Nicault, who doubled production of this Riesling over the 2015 vintage. And yet, there’s no drop-off. He continues to present this with a theme of stone fruit flavors and citrusy acidity, ranging…

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Vidon Vineyard 2015 Estate Apollo Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains, $60

Korean War veteran Don Hagge spent much of his post-Navy career as a physicist with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, particularly missions 7 through 13 of Project Apollo. This launching of the Apollo Chardonnay signals another stage in the Space Exploration Series by this octogenarian grower/winemaker near Newberg, Ore.,…

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Welsh Family Wines 2015 Bjornson Vineyards Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $38

Dry-farmed blocks of Pommard and Dijon 777 across the 8 acres of Kristjan’s Block in rising star Bjornson Vineyard near Salem, Ore.,  are turned into this full-bodied Pinot Noir by Portland urban winemaker Dan Welsh. One of the three barrels he used was new French oak, and that helps account…

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Charles Smith Wines 2015 Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Washington, $12

Best Buy! Sure, the branding is a marketer’s dream, and the label broadly reads “Washington State,” but the wine’s pedigree stems from Jerry Milbrandt’s Evergreen Vineyard in the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley – the foundation of many of the Columbia Valley’s top Rieslings. Jasmine, citrus and lychee aromas include…

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How To Clean a Wine Decanter

How to clean a wine decanter is more perplexing than how to clean wine glasses, which I covered in depth in my last post. Decanter shapes and sizes come in just as many forms as wine glasses, but their nooks and crannies and narrow necks are harder to downright impossible…

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Wine By Joe 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $15

Best Buy! Joe Dobbes, one of Oregon’s most successful wine producers, removes pretense and packs some fun into this rosé from Pinot Noir. He offers it as a bargain, thanks in part to the fruit off his 189-acre Sea Breeze Vineyard west of Salem, Ore., and he creates the rosé…

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