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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Columbia Crest | Grand Estates | Cabernet Sauvignon | Columbia Valley | Washington | 2011 | $12

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Here’s another winning everyday red from the folks at Columbia Crest that’s widely available, value-priced, and perfect for sultry summer sipping.  It’s a casual and relaxed Cab, with aromas and flavors that touch on some of the savory hallmarks of the variety:  blackcurrant, … Continue reading

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SUMMER WINE PICK: Kamiak | Rock Lake Red | Columbia Valley | Washington State | 2009 | $15 | Highly Recommended

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Now that summer has begun, so has our intrepid search for high quality, reasonably priced, crowd pleasing backyard barbeque wines.  To get us started, here’s a sure bet from Washington State — a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (42%), Merlot (29%), Syrah (24%), … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Chateau Ste Michelle | Indian Wells Red Blend | Columbia Valley | Washington State | 2010 | $20

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Here’s a smooth, velvety red blend from Washington State’s largest wine producer. It’s an intriguing blend dominated by Merlot (60%) and Syrah (28%), with complementary splashes of Cabernet Sauvignon (6%), Grenache (3%), Malbec (2%), Cinsault (.5%) and Mourvedre (.5%). It … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Chateau Ste. Michelle | Indian Wells | Cabernet Sauvignon | Washington State | Columbia Valley | 2008 | $18 | 87 pts

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Aromas:  candied plum; vanilla; spice Character:  dry; full-bodied; moderate tannins and acidity; oaky Flavors:  blackberry; cured tobacco; dark chocolate; raspberry jam Food Pairing:  sharp cheeses; steak; hearty dishes   In my perennial search for high-quality “everyday” wines, I somehow keep coming back … Continue reading

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