Red Wine Types and More: The Basics of Red Wines

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From the eclectic green pastures of France to the golden hills of Northern California, a diverse range of red wine types – from light to bold – make their way to tables across the world from a wide mix of growing regions. Red wines can vary widely in taste, body,…

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Wind Rose Cellars 2013 Bravo Rosso Red Table Wine, Washington, $22

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Olympic Peninsula winemaker David Volmut continues his tradition of success with this Italian-themed blend. Barbera (52%), Primitivo (24%), Nebbiolo (4%) and Dolcetto (2%) get a Super Tuscan-type influence from Cabernet Sauvignon (18%), and the blend spent 20 months in 30 percent new French oak. As a result, the nose is…

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2017 vintage off to cool start in Pacific Northwest

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Greg Jones, a professor at Southern Oregon University and one of the wine world’s leaders in climate research, presents a report Feb. 14, 2017 at the Idaho Wine Commission annual meeting in Boise. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) ASHLAND, Ore. — Climate researcher Greg Jones confirmed on Tuesday what…

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Winter’s Hill Winery 2015 Estate Pinot Gris, Dundee Hills, $19

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Russell Gladhart’s second vintage as the winemaker after taking over for his wife, Delphine, and Pinot Gris from this record-warm vintage began to be harvested Sept. 26 from the family’s certified L.I.V.E. estate in the middle of the Dundee Hills. There’s neither oak nor malolactic fermentation involved in this bottling,…

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Easy Caprese Pasta Salad

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Searching for an easy weeknight meal that is equal parts healthy, delicious and time effective? Then this easy caprese pasta salad will absolutely blow your mind! As much as I would love to whip up a multi-dish meal every night, some days just get the best of you and it’s either…

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Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2015 Redhead Red Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $15

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Best Buy! A trio of Wahluke Slope vineyards, including Milbrandt-owned Clifton Bluff and top-notch Northridge, provided Jeremy Santo with the material to create this fleshy and juicy crowd-pleasing red. Cabernet Sauvignon (68%) drives the blend with additives of Syrah (11%), Merlot (11%) and Petit Verdot to create aromas of fruit…

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Ghost Hill Cellars 2013 Bayliss-Bower Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $42

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The Bayliss family established their vineyard near Carlton, Ore., in 1999, but the land near Abbey Road has been a part of its bloodlines for more than a century. Their largest production of Pinot Noir is this four-clone blend, and they stick with their traditional percentages of Pommard (45%), 777…

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Mercer Estates 2014 Reserve Cavalie Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills, $40

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The classic 2012 vintage in the Pacific Northwest paved the way for many acclaimed wines, and Mercer’s Reserve Cavalie from that year ranked among the region’s most decorated wines. Jessica Munnell’s latest release continues to lead with Merlot (63%), but the contributions by Cabernet Sauvignon (25%) and Malbec (12%) prompted…

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What Does California’s Extreme Season of Snow and Rain Mean for the 2017 Vintage?

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California has ached for water for six years. With a “La Niña” (a Pacific Ocean-generated weather pattern that prevents precipitation from dropping on California) forecast for the start of 2017, farmers braced for another round of “same song, seventh verse” of dryness. Surprisingly, it has turned out to be an…

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Owen Roe 2013 Red Willow Vineyard Chapel Block Syrah, Yakima Valley, $55

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One of the Northwest’s most acclaimed vintners, David O’Reilly, moved his family a few years ago to the western edge of the Yakima Valley for a variety of reasons. Among those reasons was to be closer to Mike Sauer’s Red Willow Vineyard in Mount Adams foothills. Sauer’s Chapel Block is…

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