Indian Creek Winery 2014 Touriga Naçional, Snake River Valley, $29

While this traditional Port-style variety finds its way into Mike McClure’s fortified program, these three barrels off Arena Valley Vineyard from the 2014 vintage proved too stellar to blend away, prompting the University of Idaho grad to produce this standalone bottling. Viewed as Portugal’s top red and its answer to…

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DIY Wood Succulent Planter

Written by Kristin Mansky of Modish & Main This easy-to-make DIY wood succulent planter is the perfect way to bring the outdoors in throughout these beautiful spring and summer months ahead.  With spring underway and summer just around the corner, nothing makes me happier than seeing freshly planted blooms around my home.…

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Most Washington wineries won’t need new wastewater permits

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Estate Winery facility is among those expected to need a wastewater permit under new state regulations. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state’s proposed winery wastewater permit system is expected to be applied to only 19 percent of the state’s wineries.…

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2015 Pheasant Vineyard The Estates Late Harvest Riesling, Wahluke Slope, $25

Milbrandt brothers Butch and Jerry have helped turn Mattawa, Wash., and the surrounding Wahluke Slope into a wine-producing region of worldwide acclaim, yet their work with Riesling might go overlooked. Pheasant Vineyard is a warmer site than most, and that allows young winemaker Emily Haines ripen this lot of Riesling…

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The Best Easter Wines for Ham, Lamb and Beyond

Easter is upon us. Chances are your “big picture” entertaining ideas are in place. Now, it’s time to finalize the details, from recipes and place settings to egg coloring and your (pastel-colored?) springtime attire. Then, there are the Easter wine pairings. Wondering what wines work with Easter lamb? Or, are…

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Coiled Wines 2015 Sparkling Rizza, Snake River Valley, $28

Leslie Preston trained in Napa’s tony Stags Leap District where Cab is king, but the Idaho native continues to devote more of her time and energy to Riesling in multiple forms, including her fun bubbles project that continues to grow. She collaborates with Andrew Davis of Radiant Sparkling Wine Co.,…

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Oregon’s Pinot Noir legacy

Rolling vineyards of Pinot Noir grapes cover much of the northern Willamette Valley, the heart of Oregon wine country. (photo by Andy Perdue/GreatNorthwest Wine) Oregon’s wine industry traces its lineage to the 1970s. The first pinot noir was planted in southern Oregon in 1961, and expanded into the Willamette Valley…

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Northwest wineries shine on Wine Spectator bargain list

Vineyard manager Juan Uribe, left, and Juan Muñoz Oca, head winemaker at Columbia Crest in Prosser, Wash., collaborate on some of the best value wines made in the U.S., according to Wine Spectator magazine. (Photo courtesy of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates) Wine Spectator, the world’s leading wine publication, pays tribute…

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Ryan Patrick Wines 2015 Olsen Brothers Vineyard Riesling, Yakima Valley, $12

Best Buy! Acclaimed growers Dick and Larry Olsen produced suave wines as vintners in Prosser, Wash., before closing their Olsen Estates operation. A growing number of winemakers are spotlighting their fruit with Olsen Brothers Vineyard-designated wines, but rarely at bargain prices. Columbia Basin winemaker Jeremy Santo, who grew up in…

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Reveal Walla Walla Valley Wine Auction returns April 10

Bidders at the 2016 Reveal Walla Walla Valley Wine Auction helped raise nearly $90,000 for the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance marketing efforts. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Collectors and merchants flocked to Oregon’s Willamette Valley last weekend to bid on Pinot Noir from the 2015…

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