Your Premier Guide to Types of Wine Glasses

How much do wine glasses matter? They matter a lot. That’s why we’re offering this “Premier Guide to Types of Wine Glasses.” Wine glass shapes and sizes absolutely make a difference in how we experience wines. The differences between red and white wine glasses, as well as sweet wine glasses and sparkling…

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How to Host a Stress-Free Housewarming Party

Did you just buy a new home and you want to celebrate but don’t want a ton of fuss? We are sharing four easy tips on how to host a stress-free housewarming party and how to have a blast in the process! Buying a new home is a milestone that absolutely deserves…

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Walla Walla Vintners 2014 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Longtime educator Myles Anderson created and taught the viticulture and enology program for Walla Walla Walla Community College. In 2002, he selected one of his top students, Colorado native William vonMetzger, to help him ramp up production of Walla Walla Vintners, the brand Anderson and Gordy Venneri bonded in 1995.…

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DANCIN Vineyards 2014 Pas de Chat Pinot Noir, Southern Oregon, $37

Wine Press Northwest’s 2017 Oregon Winery of the Year affirmed its award this spring at the Cascadia Wine Competition with a double gold medal for its 2014 Pas de Chat Pinot Noir. A product of Brian Denner’s first vintage for DANCIN, this Pinot Noir is full and lush with flavors…

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Patterson Cellars 2016 Forbidden Rosé, Columbia Valley, $13

Best Buy! Rosé forms a significant part of John Patterson’s Forbidden program, and while he could legally label this latest pink as a Tempranillo rosé, he incorporates Sangiovese (22%) into the final cut for ample acidity. Minimal skin contact gives its inviting Provence color, and it hints at aromas of…

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Maryhill Winery 2016 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $18

One of the Pacific Northwest’s largest productions of rosé ranks among the best, and it starts with the Italian grape Sangiovese in the Yakima Valley at Tudor Hills Vineyard. The pick was Oct. 18, and winemaker Richard Batchelor’s subtle touch creates a gorgeous light strawberry color that leads to mouthwatering…

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Abacela, Bunnell star again at Pacific Rim International Wine Competition

Abacela head winemaker Andrew Wenzl, left, and founder Earl Jones work in the cellar at the Roseburg, Ore., winery. Abacela has produced the best rosé at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition for the past two years. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Pacific Northwest wines…

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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $20

The story begins with the sandy soils that make up Tinhorn Creek’s estate Diamondback Vineyard on British Columbia’s Black Sage Bench, but harvest spanned a month to create four separate lots. There were hand-picked lots that were split up between steel and wood fermentations. There also were machine-harvested lots that…

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Boushey takes over Klipsun Vineyard management

Grape grower Dick Boushey oversees a harvest crew last fall on Red Mountain. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) Dick Boushey, one of Washington wine country’s most celebrated grape growers, now is managing another of Red Mountain’s top vineyards. On Monday, Boushey told Great Northwest Wine that he agreed to take…

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Cairdeas Winery 2014 Tri Red Wine Blend, Yakima Valley, $39

Lake Chelan vintner Charlie Lybecker deepens his delicious work with Rhône varieties with this GSM-style blend of Grenache (12%), Syrah (64%) and Mourvèdre from three of the Yakima Valley’s top sites — Dineen, Meek and Art den Hoed. Half of the Syrah and Grenache lots were whole-cluster fermented, which provides…

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