Crispy Cheddar Smashed Potatoes

These Crispy Cheddar Smashed Potatoes are a simple and delicious side dish to any meal!  They’re cheesy, buttery and so flavorful! Hello Kendall-Jackson friends it’s me, Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life Blog, here to share a simple and delicious side dish recipe with you! This recipe would be a perfect dish to serve alongside…

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French Oak Versus American Oak: How Do Barrels Affect Wines?

In the complex fusion of elements that are important in winemaking, there are sorting systems, presses and fermentation temperatures – among many other things – to obsess over, but barrels have a special place in winemakers’ hearts. It’s little wonder: wood imparts magical textures, aromas and flavors into wine that…

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Willamette Valley wineries raise $472K in 80 minutes with barrel auction

Willamette: The Pinot Noir Barrel Auction raised $472,000 in less than 90 minutes at The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore. The event featuring Oregon Pinot Noir from the 2015 vintage raised marketing funds for the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. (Photo by Aubrie LeGault Photography/Courtesy of Willamette Valley Wineries…

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Isenhower Cellars 2014 Dutchman Vineyard Syrah, Yakima Valley, $34

Grandview, Wash., grower Bill denHoed established Dutchman Vineyard in 1991, not long after Red Willow Vineyard became the first in the state to plant Syrah. This marked the 16th vintage of Syrah production for Brett Isenhower, which explains why he’s among the Walla Walla Valley’s leaders with the red Rhône…

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State working on winery wastewater permit system

Josh McDonald, executive director of the Washington Wine Institute, testifies in Olympia. (Photo by John Stang/Special to Great Northwest Wine) OLYMPIA, Wash. – Many questions are being tackled as the Washington state Department of Ecology puts together a permit system for discharging wastewater from wineries. Preliminary answers will likely be…

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Cedar River Cellars 2015 Mormor Riesling, Yakima Valley, $18

Oregon State alum Micah Nasarow landed in Seattle suburb of Renton and draws his drinking water from the Cedar River Watershed, but his Riesling continues to come from the Miller family’s expansive Airfield Estates near Prosser. He produces this in an off-dry style as a tribute to his family’s grandmother…

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Treos Wines 2013 Estate Pinot Noir Elegant Reserve, Willamette Valley, $35

Polk County winemaker Dave Jepson pulls from his group’s well-tended vineyard north of Corvallis, Ore., and his collection of Dijon clone Pinot Noir stands just east of the acclaimed 200-acre Domaine Loubejac planting. Jepson’s melange of five clones, cropped at less than 1-ton per acre, are influenced by a blend…

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Abacela 2014 Fiesta Estate Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $23

The Pacific Northwest’s growing thirst for Tempranillo might be most evident with Abacela’s Fiesta project. Production for their most approachable example of this robust Spanish grape from the 2014 vintage marks a 40 percent increase from the prior harvest. Seven separate picks from across the Jones family’s Fault Line Vineyards…

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3 generations inspire award-winning wines at Wild Goose Vineyards

General manager Roland Kruger, left, winemaker Nicholas Kruger, and managing winemaker Hagen Kruger stand out for their work in the cellar under the tasting room of Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. (Photo by Abra Bennett/Great Northwest Wine) An exciting breeze from the north swept over last week’s…

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Northwest Cellars 2013 Fortissimo Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $24

Syrah often is the secret sauce behind many of the Pacific Northwest’s top proprietary red blends, and the winemaking tandem of Robert Delf and Robert Smasne make it the lead grape (60%) in this blend from Spofford Station, Tasawik and Verhey vineyards. That Rhône red allows for aromas of Marionberry…

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