- None in the top 10, but nine from Northwest get inside Wine Spectator’s top 60
- Bob Bertheau joins German icon Loosen at J. Christopher Wines
- Abeja Chardonnay edges DeLille’s Harrison Hill at Great Northwest Invitational
- Election Day arrives for office-seeking Airfield Estates Winery owner
- Bledsoe, McDaniels buy Hope Well Vineyard in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills
- Oregon wine harvest fell by 29% in 2020, but growth continues
- Quilceda Creek acquires 22 acres of famed Champoux Vineyards from Woodward Canyon
- Hat Ranch Winery tops Idaho Wine Competition with Cabernet Franc from Lewis-Clark Valley
- Central Oregon Winegrowers schedule summer summit
- Avennia purchases vineyard, tasting room on Red Mountain
Best Northwest wines of 2015: 90-81
90. Wilridge Winery 2013 Estate Nebbiolo, Naches Heights, $40
Nebbiolo, the most famous of the red grapes of Northern Italy, is relatively new to the Pacific Northwest and little known. Examples like this 2013 from Wilridge Winery ought to change that. The grapes from the Naches Heights AVA – west of the Yakima Valley – offer lovely rose aromas, plus a hint of tar, both characteristic of the variety. Its light red color, also typical, is deceiving. On the palate it displays tart red cherries, bits of red raspberry, abundant acidity and woody tannins. With age, the tannins should soften a bit and its fruit and acidity linger. Try pairing it with seasoned pork roast.
Production: 238 cases
Alcohol: 13.3% alc.