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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.
  • Wind Rose Cellars 2014 Omaggio Barbera, Red Mountain $33

    Kansas native David Volmut credits his Italian heritage with his appreciation for wine, which began around his parents’ dining table. As a result, he’s made Italian varieties his focus at Wind Rose Cellars on the Olympic. He...

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  • Northwest Cellars 2014 Kiona Vineyard Petite Sirah, Red Mountain, $36

    The Williams family of Kiona fame also counts more than 60 wineries as customers for its fruit. Requests for Petite Sirah prompted Scott Williams to plant nearly 5 acres of the brawny Rhône red in 2011 at...

    • Posted October 14, 2019
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  • Alexana Winery 2018 Terroir Series Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $32

    Oregon’s Dundee Hills are renowned for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and Alexana makes sure that Pinot Gris isn’t overlooked with this well-crafted and complex example from Bryan Weil that includes a touch of juice from new French...

    • Posted October 14, 2019
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  • Christopher Michael Wines 2017 Red Wine, Washington, $15

    Best Buy! Ryan Michael Harms of Oregon juggernaut Union Wine Co., also is a decade into the Christopher Michael Wines project that he launched with his brother, Eric Christopher. They’ve grown the consumer-priced brand into a handful...

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  • Argyle Winery 2017 Grower Series Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $27

    The flagship Pinot Noir for Argyle Winery includes a subtle reference to how the project began under founding winemaker Rollin Soles, that of “grower first.” In 1987, the Texan joined forces with Australian vintner Brian Croser and...

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  • Cedergreen Cellars 2018 Viola Rosé, Columbia Valley, $16

    Kevin Cedergreen continues his tradition of well-priced, food-friendly wines with this bright rosé crafted with Gamay Noir and Cabernet Franc – two varieties that speak of the Loire Valley in France. The Kirkland, Wash., winemaker pulled from...

    • Posted October 14, 2019
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle 2016 Indian Wells Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $18

    While a growing number of Northwest producers pursue Chablis-inspired Chardonnay, there’s still a thirst for the reserve styles that California helped make famous. Bob Bertheau and Chateau Ste. Michelle continue to serve those consumers with this well-priced...

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  • DeLille Cellars 2015 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $160

    The vision behind this Cab begins with DeLille Cellars founding winemaker Chris Upchurch, the Lill family and Jay Soloff, who all partnered in 2001 with Jim Holmes of famed Ciel du Cheval Vineyard. Their stated dream was...

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  • South Hill Vineyards 2018 Riesling, Rattlesnake Hills, $25

    Philip and Sheryl Jones grown a variety of cool-climate varieties in their vineyard along Underwood Mountain, a 28-acre site that reaches 1,850 feet elevation across the Columbia River from Hood River, Ore. In this case, however, they...

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  • Lauren Ashton Cellars 2014 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $45

    A disciple of Chris Upchurch and DeLille Cellars, Kit Singh embarked a decade ago on his brand named after his two children, and this superb Cabernet Franc displays investment and patience. Two of Washington state’s warmer and...

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