Ponzi Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Willamette Valley, $22

Some of Oregon’s oldest vines — the Ponzi Estate Vineyard planted along the Chehalem Mountains norther foothills in 1970 – and high-elevation sites Dion and Merten come together for Luisa Ponzi’s graceful and bright rosé from Pinot Noir. A 24-hour maceration yielded the light cranberry color, which leads to enticing…

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Patterson Cellars NV Due Anni Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $20

Multiple vintages and eight varieties, paced by Cabernet Sauvignon (36%) and Syrah (17%), paved the way for Woodinville winemaker John Patterson’s annual proprietary red blend. Aromas of cordial cherry, plum and Heine’s Blend pipe tobacco lead to flavors of Hostess cherry pie, blackberry jam and bittersweet chocolate, backed by nice…

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Mosquito Fleet Winery 2013 Reserve 34 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $90

Kitsap Peninsula winemaker Brian Petersen invested time and money in this two-barrel lot of Cabernet Sauvignon from famed Pepper Bridge Vineyard, a planting managed by Tom Waliser that celebrated its 25th birthday in 2016. A remarkable term of 34 months in new Taransaud barrels — hence the Reserve 34 name…

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Underwood 2016 Rosé, Oregon, $14

Best Buy! Willamette Valley winemaker JP Caldcleugh heads up one of the largest productions of rosé in the Pacific Northwest, and a sizable amount of the release by the prolific Union Wine Co., will be coming out in 375-milliliter cans. It’s more of a pink wine than rosé because Pinot…

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The Difference Between Red and White Wine Glasses

Why obsess over red wine and white wine glass shapes? Is there a difference between a paring knife and a chef’s knife? Why not substitute iceberg for arugula? Yes, the differences suggested may sound dramatic, but wine glasses can span such broad differences in spectrums, too. That is because wine…

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Affordable rosés for Northwest sunshine

Rosé has become a sign that spring is arriving soon. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) After our long, cold, wet winter, it is nice to see sunshine, higher temperatures and flowers beginning to show up. And this puts us in the mood to fire up the grill and toss…

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Convergence Zone Cellars 2014 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Drizzle Pinot Gris, Red Mountain, $17

Pinot Gris is just one of three white wine varieties grown across the 36 blocks at the Holmes family’s renowned sites of Ciel du Cheval, and CZ vintner Scott Greenberg pulls from here for an off-dry style of Pinot Gris. Aromas of banana, pear and fresh-cut hay lead down a…

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Mango Peach Crepes

Make these Mango Peach Crepes for Mother’s Day! They’re simple and delicious! Hello Kendall-Jackson friends it’s, Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life Blog! I’m back to share a scrumptious recipe with you, just in time for Mother’s Day! These Mango Peach Crepes are a delicious way to celebrate your Mom. There’s something about crepes…

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Eye of the Needle Winery 2016 Moments Rosé, Columbia Valley, $15

Best Buy! Woodinville winemaker Bob Bullock, proud member of the 12th Man at CenturyLink, quarterbacks this blush-style pink made with Chenin Blanc and Sangiovese, which will tackle a summertime thirst with its tasty mix of strawberry, Fuji apple and raspberry that’s finished nicely dry at just 0.5% residual sugar. This…

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Washington State Wine Competition returns this spring

Cabernet Sauvignon entries stand ready to be double-decanted for judges at the 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore., at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel. (Photo by Richard Duval Images) GRANDVIEW, Wash. — After a two-year hiatus, the Washington State Wine Competition is returning next month. Two years ago,…

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