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Weekly Wine Pick: Sleight of Hand Cellars Psychedelic Syrah Stoney Vine Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2013

No big deal...just the best wine this winery has made to date.

12/08/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

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Weekly Wine Pick: Les Trouvés White Wine Washington 2013

Washington winemakers are exploring more white Rhone varieties, but the price tag for these wines is usually north of $20. Here's one superb exception.

12/02/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

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Thanksgiving Recommendations: Red Wine

Go light on the oak and save the big wines for after dinner.

11/23/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving Recommendations: White Wine

White wines that play to Washington's strengths.

11/17/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

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Weekly Wine Pick: Syncline Winery Syrah McKinley Springs Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2013

As grape-growing regions go, Horse Heaven Hills is remote, even by eastern Washington standards. But it's definitely on the rise.

11/10/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

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Weekly Wine Pick: Cloudlift Cellars Stratus Petit Verdot Columbia Valley 2012

An exceptional wine and an exception to the rule of petit verdot.

11/03/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

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Weekly Wine Pick: Carter Lamour Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012

A blend of wine originally slated for more expensive bottles supports a very worthy cause.

10/27/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

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Weekly Wine Pick: Syncline Wine Cellars Grenache-Carignan Horse Heaven Hills 2013

A complete knee buckler—and a great introduction to carignan, a grape seldom seen in these parts.

10/20/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

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Weekly Wine Pick: Airfield Estates Viognier Yakima Valley 2014

Viognier can be a challenge to get right. But when you do, it's divine.

10/13/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

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Weekly Wine Pick: Airfield Estates Runway Late Harvest Riesling Yakima Valley 2013

This pairs well with a variety of pies, but it’s also sweet enough to be the dessert itself.

10/08/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

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Weekly Wine Pick: Hogue Cellars Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley 2014

Gewürztraminer is one of Washington’s top five most-planted white grapes. This bottle combines intense fruit with outrageous value.

09/15/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

The Top 10 Washington Wines

We sampled, scrutinized, and ranked over 1,000 wines to come up with this year’s list. These 10 ­bottles—the best of the best—shine above all others.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Bubbles, Dessert, and Our Methodology

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Cellar-Worthy Reds

Opening aged bottles is part of the joy of collecting and drinking wine. Here are six wines that deserve a place in the cellar.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Wines with a Sense of Place

Winemakers strive each year to capture the essence of a particular vineyard and vintage. Here are five that unequivocally put that genie in the bottle.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Top Red Blends

Washington winemakers can—and do—blend just about every ­imaginable variety. Here are this year’s best results.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

The Wild West

Our state grows over 40 different grape varieties. Here are six wines from less common varieties—the Washington wine frontier.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Top Malbec

Malbec has been getting a lot of buzz in Washington lately as acreage increases and more winemakers experiment with varietal bottlings. These wines realize malbec’s promise.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Top White Wines

While Washington reds have the reputation for quality, the state still makes an abundance of top-flight white wines. Here are this year’s best.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan

Washington Wine 2015

Top Cabernet Sauvignon

These bottles explain why this remains the state’s most planted grape variety.

09/09/2015 By Sean P. Sullivan