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WENATCHEE ◆ LEAVENWORTH ◆ CHELAN ◆ AND ALL OF NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON

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September-October 2015

THE WINE ISSUE

Jones of Washington tops NCW Wine Awards

Inside Moms on the Mountain Social media fuels hiking group

Savoring Summer

Preserving the season’s flavor


2015 NCW WINE AWARDS 2014 SAUVIGNON BLANC

2014 ROSÉ OF SYRAH

Best of Show Best White/Best of Class Double Gold Medal Best Rosé/Best of Class Double Gold Medal

2012 RESERVE MALBEC

Best of Class Double Gold Medal

2014 PINOT GRIS

Best of Class Double Gold Medal

2011 JACK’S RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Gold Medal

2014 RIESLING

Gold Medal

2014 VIOGNIER

Gold Medal

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OOTHILLS A BIMONTHLY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE ABOUT NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON

Publisher Rufus Woods rwoods@wenatcheeworld.com Managing editor Cal FitzSimmons (509) 665-1176 fitzsimmons@wenatcheeworld.com Editor Marco Martinez (509) 664-7149 martinez@wenatcheeworld.com General Manager, advertising and sales Joe Pitt (509) 664-7143 pitt@wenatcheeworld.com Design Michelle Naranjo, Nancy Phillips, Jessica Trondsen Assistant Lesley Bourne Staff writers Mike Irwin, Dee Riggs, Rick Steigmeyer Staff photographers Mike Bonnicksen, Don Seabrook Proofreader Joanne Saliby

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On the cover: Jones of Washington’s 2014 Sauvignon Blanc earned Best of Show honors in the 2015 NCW Wine Awards. Gina Morton photo

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Stories in every bottle T

his is our annual Wine Issue, our biggest of the year. You’ll find the results from this year’s North Central Washington Wine Awards in the back half of the magazine. There are a lot of steps that go into producing a bottle of wine. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a regional giant like Milbrandt Vineyards which produces tens of thousands of cases of wine annually or a relative newcomer like Errant Cellars that produces several hundred cases, the to-do list is lengthy — planting vineyards, pruning vines, harvesting grapes, crushing grapes, fermenting, blending, storing in barrels or tanks, racking, bottling, labeling, boxing, marketing, delivering, retailing. Even wineries that don’t grow their own grapes have their work cut out for them to get a wine ready for market. The point I’m trying to make is that there’s a story behind that glass of wine you plan to enjoy this evening. More specifically, a lot of people were involved in getting that bottle to your table. As our regional wine industry continues along its upward growth curve, that number will only continue to increase. And the regional wine industry is not just growing — it’s getting better, and our annual NCW Wine Awards prove it. Since we started the awards in 2011, the number of wines earning Double Gold or Gold medals has increased dramatically. Returning judges praised the overall strength of this year’s entries, saying the quality continues to improve each year. So whether you’re Cave B vineyard foreman Gabriel Valverde, winemaker Michelle Fanton of Tunnel Hill Winery, Stemilt Creek Winery’s Wenatchee tasting room sales coordinator Shelly Lindemann, sales and marketing expert Allan Williams of Jones of Washington, Tsillan Cellars wine club coordinator Carrie McGuinn,  — or any of the hundreds of others employed in the regional wine industry — we raise a toast to you and the outstanding work you do.

Marco Martinez, editor

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Fast Five

FIND EVENTS

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Knight time

ADD EVENTS

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Lake views

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Peaceful

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To market

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Trail moms

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Getaway

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Winners

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Tutorials

Fall into fall with these scenic spots

Entiat man builds ‘Knight Rider’ replica

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Stunning Chelan homes that stand out

Leavenworth woman transforms backyard

Preserving summer’s bounty for later

Group hikes together with children in tow

A first-person look at Sleeping Lady Resort

This year’s NCW Wine Awards recipients

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American glory

Folks on Cottage Avenue, Cashmere’s contribution to iconic American neighborhoods, would likely love their fall foliage to glow red, white and blue. As it is, they have to settle for one of the grandest displays of red, orange and gold of any city in North Central Washington. Coupled with its quaint architecture — yes, those really are cottages and bungalows — the street in autumn takes on the look of a Norman Rockwell-like painting: little white houses, moms on porches, kids on bikes, all framed by trees ablaze with color. In November, of course, they have to rake up all that beautiful bounty. But that’s not so bad, says one optimistic resident. “There’s always next year.”

2 Loop leaves

Look up, look down, look all around … evidence of autumn abounds on the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail. Sure, the 10-mile walking-and-biking loop has lost a few deciduous darlings — mostly oaks — in the last five years, but hundreds of poplars, cottonwoods, maples and other colorful show-offs remain. Favorite stretches for spectacle: Walla Walla Point Park south to East Fifth Street in Wenatchee, and 22nd Street NW to the Pipeline Pedestrian Bridge in East Wenatchee. At Porter’s Pond, be sure to stroll onto the short elevated boardwalk to stand amid a grove of multi-hued, broadleaf beauties. If you’re lucky, breezes will trigger a golden rain of last-gasp leaves.

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Autumn Splendor EDITION

FAST FIVE

BY MIKE IRWIN

5 Mountain radiance

Skip all the fall foliage folderol — “peak colors here! no, here!” — and explore the Cascade backcountry to strike leaf-peeping gold. And flaming reds. And brilliant yellows. Every autumn, berry bushes and other colorful undergrowth sweep across hillsides below regal stands of larch (tamarack) radiant with golden needles. Favorite locations? For a strikingly colorful adventure, take the boat up Lake Chelan to Holden Village, then hike west to Lyman Lake and Cloudy Pass. Or drive Baldy Pass (Forest Service road NF-37) between Winthrop and Conconully for stunning larch-filled vistas. Easiest of all, motor up to Stevens Pass or Washington Pass to ooh and ahh right from your car.

4 Canyon colors 3 Rows of reds

Harvest might be almost over, but area orchards still snatch our attention each autumn with short-lived but brilliant leaf displays. Photographers are particularly drawn to the curving rows of reddish-gold trees running from hilltop to valley floor. It’s one of those pattern-and-perspective shots beloved by camera buffs. Back east, where leaf peeping is an organized sport, Wisconsin, New York and other applegrowing regions promote post-harvest orchard tours just for foliage fans. Here, we just drive up to Wenatchee Heights, out to Pangborn Memorial Airport or along Highway 2 to Cashmere to be dazzled by the spectacle.

Every October, one of the most reliable bursts of fall color lines the 15 miles of Highway 2 through Tumwater Canyon between Leavenworth and Coles Corner. The steep-sided canyon — wet, cool, sometimes sunny but mostly shaded — provides perfect conditions for cocky leaf pigments such as xanthophylls (yellow), carotenoids (orange) and anthocyanins (red) to strut their stuff. Thick groves of aspens near Winton and river banks loaded with cottonwoods glow before a backdrop of red, yellow and purple brush rising from the canyon floor. Best of all, the river mirrors the foliage for a double dose of color. (Be alert: RV drivers stunned by leaf brilliance swerve all over the road.)

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WHEELS OF WONDER

Jesse Loveland with his 1989 Pontiac Trans Am GTA he has made into a replica of KITT, the car featured in the 1980s TV program Knight Rider. Left: Normal cruise is the obvious choice for navigating Entiat’s streets.


STORY BY SHARON ALTARAS PHOTOS BY MIKE BONNICKSEN

‘The coolest thing ever’ Jesse Loveland builds KITT replica from TV’s ‘Knight Rider’

K The interior of the KITT replica.

eep your scanners peeled for Jesse Loveland’s 1989 Pontiac Trans Am GTA. The 34-year-old Entiat resident put the finishing touches on his talking, LED-equipped car last spring, and plans to make it a regular at car shows in North Central Washington. Most in their 30s or older will remember the car’s namesake. “KITT” — short for Knight Industries Two Thousand — was the artificially intelligent vehicle that co-starred with David Hasselhoff in “Knight Rider,” a popular crimefighting TV show that aired between 1982 and 1986. With advanced accessories and a monotone voice, KITT, a 1982 Trans Am, was ever on the lookout for trouble via a red “scanner” light located above its front bumper. “I’ve always been a Trans Am guy,” says Loveland, who moved from the Tri-Cities five years ago with his wife, Yolanda. “I started getting into cars in high school, watching my stepdad build muscle cars and even some demo derby cars.

“Wanting to learn more about cars, and being a fan of the early ’80s TV show, my brain just put the two together,” he says of embarking on the project. The creative process started unofficially around the year 2000, when Yolanda gifted him a scanner light she’d found on the Internet. “Looking back, it was a pretty corny piece — it was pretty cheap — but at the time, it was the coolest thing ever,” says Loveland. He attached it to a 1982 Trans Am that was “perfect looking” — black with the correct tan interior and most of the right body parts. For two years, Loveland worked on the car, adding piece after piece. He was able to get it clean and running just in time for the couple’s wedding — his stepdad and groomsmen all helped him pull it together the day of. Unfortunately, that KITT replica was not indestructible like the character it was named for. The engine died shortly after and Loveland found himself back at square one. After years of battling frustration

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Jesse Loveland with his 1989 Pontiac Trans Am GTA that he made into a replica of KITT, the car featured in the 1980s TV show Knight Rider. Left: Need to fire rockets or a grappling hook? Loveland’s car has the buttons. Many of the buttons in the car are functional, but these aren’t.

and selling off replica parts, Loveland in 2007 found a 1989 Trans Am that had a bigger engine and other features he preferred. It came without a digital dash — important for the modifications he wanted to do. He salvaged the body parts he needed from the 1982 and, with help from friends — again — and the Internet, went to work acquiring parts and getting the help he needed putting it all together. In early 2014, the car was a completed replica. It’s taken quite a bit of patience, hard work and cash to get the Trans Am where it is today. For his second replica, Loveland

had the fiberglass interior parts and electronics custom-fabricated by Don Colie. Colie, who owns Advanced Designs in Automotive Technology in Glade Hill, Va., was working on 10 Knight Rider conversions in July. “This is all that I do. I’m the last person there is that does this as a fulltime job, says Colie, who’s run his business for two decades. He estimates there may be 50 to 100 KITT replicas as accurate as Loveland’s. “A very good full-on replica is difficult to find,” says Colie. “An average Knight Rider car show might have 30 or less, and many of them are not complete.”


Car details EXTERIOR ◆ Correct GM original parts from 1982 include: hood, fenders, rear hatch, spoiler, front ground effects and 15-inch wheels and caps. ◆ Replica parts: bumper made by Joe Penko in Canada, front LED scanner light made by Sid Knight, and side ground effects that mesh into the fender vents (only 1 set ever produced) custom made by Ken Glenn at Wraith Innovations.

INTERIOR ◆ Restored interior: includes carpet, front PMD seats, rear seats (he kept the split-fold down style from 1989 instead of the 1-piece from 1982), door panels, and miscellaneous restored 1982 interior plastic parts. ◆ Custom lower console unit: fiberglass made by Knight Rider World in Italy, buttons made by Don Colie of ADIAT ◆ Custom upper console unit (goes between the T-tops): fiberglass, buttons, and electronics made by Don Colie. The electronics are custom made for me to allow the incorporation of the car’s factory functions. ◆ Custom dash: All made by Don Colie. Both TVs run off of separate DVD players or Loveland can run one screen by the rear camera. And yes, the car does talk! ◆ Custom gullwing steering wheel and pod unit (behind wheel): fiberglass pod and electronics made by Don Colie. Loveland has the blinkers and stereo controls wired to the pod unit. The steering wheel is not fiberglass; it is a solid piece for safety.

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Loveland’s 1989 Trans Am is his second attempt at building a KITT replica. Below: The knight logo on the gullwing steering wheel serves as the horn. Loveland’s car has two working TVs and functional replica buttons on the dash for nearly everything. “I’ve got speedometer, tachometer, oil pressure, fuel, temperature, etc.,” he says. “The only factory controls that aren’t part of the replica are the heater/AC controls and the rear defrost. “Everything from wipers, wiper speed, windows, high beams, turning the car on and off, trunk, and more are wired into new buttons. There’s a button to turn on the famous red scanner, there’s a button to turn on the TVs, there’s a button to switch the TV screens, there’s a button for a rear camera, multiple buttons for the fog lights, I can dim the dash, and more. Some of the displays are just for looks. I have more lights and buttons than the car has controls for.” He adds: “My car can say any phrase from the TV show. I have every word 14

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The 15-inch wheels and hubcaps are original from 1982 and very hard to find, according to Loveland. ever spoken by KITT from all four seasons. It talks via Bluetooth.” The first one “died horribly,” Yolanda remembers. “Finding this one was nice because it runs solid. It’s fun to watch people do double-takes.”

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Loveland enjoys his quirky vehicle, but admits: “It’s a never ending battle,” to keep everything maintained. “It is a lot of electrical. If I have to fix something, it’s up to me,” he says. He says he reaches out to Colie when

he needs advice, and he relies on support from his “ever patient and loving” wife. “I don’t know if there’s anyone else who would have put up with this ridiculous hobby for so long,” says Loveland. F

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HOME & GARDEN

STORY BY MARCO MARTINEZ

Homes with a view

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ver wondered what it’s like inside some of those unique and impressive homes near Lake Chelan? Luckily for us, Lake Chelan Valley Hospital Guild B organizes a tour of such homes every year. This year’s tour takes place Sept. 19 and offers a peak at five distinctly different homes. The home tour takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., running concurrently with an art show at Tsillan Cellars. Proceeds from both events will go toward the purchase of a muchneeded Zoll monitor and defibrillator for use in the hospital’s emergency room. Here’s a quick description of the homes:

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Manson area

Chelan

Orchard Home (Bill and Sandra Danke, owners): Built in 1947, this home is surrounded by an apple orchard. The Dankes have added charm and class to this farm-style house, which offers an amazing view of Lake Chelan from nearly every room. A unique feature of the property is an apple storage shed that has been converted to a guest cottage. Totally Lake Chelan (Nat and Diane Franklin, owners): One of the fine features of this home is a downstairs master bedroom with French doors that open to the lake. Other features include a living room with a limestone fireplace and padded window seat that looks out at the lake.

Historic Getaway (Barbara Bennett, owner): This vintage 2,900-square-foot home dates back to 1906. Barbara Bennett purchased it in 2005 and set out on a major renovation. Arches were added in multiple rooms on the main floor. The second floor was remodeled to include an open area, bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Bear Mountain Ranch area French Country Lodge (Jim and Chris Gurke, owners): This home overlooks a vineyard and Lake Chelan below. It features breathtaking views from the window at the front of the home. Fir beams, rough-hewn oak plank


flooring and knotty alder woodwork are some of the elements that help create the home’s casual style. Tuscan Hillside (Jeff Ballod and Candace Farnsworth, owners): An open kitchen, two master bedrooms and heated Travertine floors are some of the features of this home, along with a living room with a stunning metal fireplace designed by the owner. Outside, you’ll find a 2,000-square-foot living space. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at lakechelanhometour.com. Tickets are also sold — including the day of the tour — at Allisons of Manson, the Culinary Apple in Chelan, the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce office and Tsillan Cellars. F

Left: This French Country Lodge is one of five homes on this year’s Lake Chelan Home Tour. Above: Barbara Bennett bought this 1906 home in 2005 and set out to restore it to its original beauty. Below: This Tuscan-style home features 2,600 square feet indoors and a 2,000-square-foot outdoor living space.


HOME & GARDEN

STORY BY DEE RIGGS PHOTOS BY MIKE BONNICKSEN

Garden sanctuary L

Above: Clematis is among the many flowers found in Lori Nitchals’ garden. Below: Nitchals likes art in her garden. These quail pieces were a gift from the Metal Waterfall Gallery in Leavenworth. Below, right: Beyond the salvia, the metal lettering forming the words “Alpine Echo” are a memorial to Nitchals’ late husband. According to Nitchals, the words were his email address and captured his love of the mountains.

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ori Nitchals loves the great outdoors. The longtime hiker and rock climber now finds it in her own yard. On land once covered by a large expanse of steep lawn, there are pathways, rock walls and perennials galore. The only lawn is on the side of her Sunnyslope home, and it’s dedicated to her lab, Mijo. “It’s a play area for him,” Nitchals said. When Nitchals and her husband, Dave, bought the house in 2002, she knew nothing about gardening. “I grew up in apartments,” she said. But once she started gardening, she fell in love with it. “It’s meditative,” she said. And they wanted that outdoor feel. “We both wanted a sanctuary,” she

said. “We didn’t want to have to leave the house and drive somewhere to get to nature.” Over several years, they worked with landscapers to transform the front and back yards into what Nitchals calls a bird sanctuary. With the availability of food, shelter, water and nesting materials, it is registered with the National Wildlife Federation. “It makes me proud that I am contributing to having nature come into my yard, and having that natural connection,” she said. The yard wasn’t totally transformed when Dave died three years ago, but Nitchals was determined to play out their dream. She continued planting native and drought tolerant plants with fourseason interest.


Lori Nitchals eats lunch in her back yard as her dog Mijo looks for fish in the pond. Among her favorite plants are Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ — “the scent is heavenly” — and licorice mint agastache — “It attracts hummingbirds, and it smells like root beer.” She is also fond of Jupiter’s beard, which also attracts hummingbirds, and lavender for its color and scent. She admits to a few mistakes. One was not watering the perennials enough at first.

“We’re on city water,” she said, “and we were trying to conserve water, but we live in a desert and they needed more water.” She also planted 25 Karl Foerster grasses, which, she said, got way too big. She ended up donating them to the Chelan/Douglas Master Gardeners. “There was just too much yard waste and they were not in the right places,” she said. You don’t want

Above: A previously used robin’s nest is now an ornamental art piece using rocks as egg pieces. Below: Phlox bring a burst of pink to the front garden. Left: An ice plant flourishes in Nitchals’ garden.

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Above: Yellow daylilies give a pop of color to Lori Nitchals’ front yard. Below: A rhododendron begins its bloom. them just plopped in the middle of the landscape; you want them where things need screening.” She’s also not happy with snowberry and Russian sage, which “spread out roots and shoots and just take over.” The same with catmint, which “spreads like wildfire.” Nitchals also has a large, net-covered area for raspberries and blueberries. Her favorite place in the garden, she said, is the water feature. It holds about 20 goldfish, and the sound of running water helps drown out neighborhood noises. “I can’t feel down when I’m outside in my yard,” she said. “If I’m not having a good day, I go out there and watch the fish, watch the birds and watch the garden grow.” Nitchals, who doesn’t use chemicals in the garden, noted that her yard can be labor intensive, but worth it. “I have crawled on my hands and knees on every inch of this property,” she said. “There’s nothing better; then you take a shower and go out with a glass of wine and look out and say, ‘Wow, I did this.’ “To me, it’s like I’m a caregiver for this piece of property and I want to make it beautiful. Gardening and being out here soothes my soul.” F 20

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Jupiter’s Beard, at left, blooms in Lori Nitchals’ garden.

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STORY BY MARLENE FARRELL PHOTOS BY KEVIN FARRELL

FOOD

Savoring summer’s flavors Gardens and farmers markets supply a feast for the palate throughout the harvest months. But in the pale heart of winter, our tastes need not also succumb to a lack of color. If we plan ahead, we can preserve a bit of summer’s bounty. Canning comes to mind, but there are other options. The one essential piece of equipment is a freezer, preferably an upright one that allows you to organize and visualize your frozen produce. A chest freezer, however, would be a treasure chest every time you opened it for a bit of summer on a snowy day. Here are some recipes — some savory, some sweet — that are simple and keep well in the freezer.

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Above: Gently press the apricots inside out to expose more surface area for drying.

The fresh apricot season is short. Drying the fruit and then freezing it allows for year-round consumption. Â

Dried Apricots Stone fruits are scarce and expensive in the winter. A simple way to enjoy their flavor is to buy a box of your favorite (apricots and freestone peaches are the easiest), and dehydrate them. With their moisture removed, they can be stored in a sealed container for 6-12 months, or even longer in the freezer.

3-4 pounds of ripe but not soft apricots Fruit-fresh or lemon juice Wash the apricots and slice them in half, removing the pits. Soak them for five minutes in a bowl of water with lemon juice in a 10:1 ratio (or with 1 tablespoon of Fruit-fresh added) for color retention. Drain the fruit. Flip the apricot halves inside out gently so there is more surface area exposed to drying. Put them in a dehydrator for 12 hours or in the oven at 135 degrees for about 6 hours, until they are leathery but still supple. Place them in freezer bags. September / October 2015

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Mint pesto from a few simple ingredients.

Mint Pesto

Pesto, both savory and hearty, highlights the flavors of fresh herbs. While basil pesto is well known, mint pesto offers a delicious twist. A dollop or two can be added to pasta, meat, soups, sandwiches and dressings.

Âź cup slivered almonds 2 cups tightly packed mint leaves, rinsed and dried 3 cloves garlic Lemon juice and zest from one lemon 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil Âź cup crumbled feta cheese Âź teaspoon salt Toast almonds in a small dry skillet over medium heat until lightly browned, about four minutes. Transfer almonds, mint, garlic and lemon zest to a food processor and pulse. While the food processor is running, pour oil in a steady stream and blend until smooth. Add feta, lemon juice and salt. Pulse to combine. Store in small freezer bags or jars until ready for use.

Prep the mint by trimming the leaves off the stems.

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Above: Blanching is a handy trick to help remove the skins from tomatoes. Boil tomatoes for a minute and then immerse them in an ice bath before removing the skin. Left: The tomato mix goes into a 375-degree oven. Bottom left: The finished sauce is reduced and caramelized.

Roasted Tomato Sauce Tomatoes, basil, garlic, onion, and olive oil meld beautifully. After a little chopping, the oven does the work, roasting and reducing them into a caramelized sauce as thick as jam. Keep it chunky or purĂŠe before pouring it into freezer bags.

4 pounds summer tomatoes 1 pound sweet onions 5 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh basil Blanch tomatoes in boiling water for 1 minute and them dunk them immediately in ice water. You can then slip off their skins and chop them over a bowl, collecting the juices. Peel and chop the onions and garlic cloves. Toss all the ingredients together in a large bowl and spread evenly in a jelly roll pan (a baking sheet with edges). Roast at 375 degrees for 2 hours to 2 ½ hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so. 26

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A regular-sized slow cooker will hold the slices from about 12 apples.

An apple peeler/slicer/ corer makes preparing apples easy.

Crockpot applesauce is dark and intensely flavored.

Easy Crockpot Applesauce Traditionally, applesauce is made on the stove to cook off excess water and to dissolve the apples into soft chunks. It requires attention stirring and mashing. An alternative is to combine apples and a few other ingredients in a Crockpot and come back four hours later to a dark fragrant mass, slightly chunky, ready for eating or freezing.

12 medium apples (Braeburn, Cameo and Jonagold work well) 2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon cinnamon Peel, core and slice the apples (or leave the skins on for their nutritional value). Place apples in Crockpot. Add water, vinegar and cinnamon and stir to coat the apples. Let the apples cook on high for about four hours, stirring once or twice during that time. Blend in a food processor if you prefer your applesauce smooth. Transfer to small jars or freezer bags. F September / October 2015

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s Marika Reppas climbed Jacobsen Preserve, the gentle bounce of the baby carrier lulled 8-week-old Junia to sleep on her mother’s chest. Marika’s cheeks flushed red in the morning sun, her heart pumped hard, but she was happy to be outside with her sister-in-law, Michelle Kossian. “Whew, I’m sweaty,” Reppas said as

she caught her breath. Junia quietly snored. “It makes a difference carrying her. It’s an extra 12 pounds.” Reppas is one of more than 100 women involved in the Wenatchee Mom/Kids Hiking Group, a Facebookbased club that’s grown exponentially in two years. About once a week, a member will post their next planned hike as an open invitation.


Michelle Guyette pulls double duty as she carries daughters Sierra, 3, in her arms and Dakota, 1, on her back during a summer hike up Castle Rock. She is joined by Joanna Pukilowska, who is carrying son Charlie, 1. Left: Don’t set the pace too fast if you take kids along with you on the trail.

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The Jarmin sisters stop to enjoy the view from a bench about halfway up Castle Rock. Pictured (left to right) are Annika, 11, Linnea, 7 and Hanna, 6. Another Facebook group, Leavenworth Mountain Mommas, launched in June and gained 65 members its first month. “I joined to meet people, mostly,” Reppas said. “I grew up in Leavenworth but I was away for about eight years. I was looking to reconnect with people and get out, find new trails in the area.” Mom-baby trekking is a growing movement in North Central Washington and nationwide through websites like hikeitbaby.com. It’s not a new concept, but the speed of mom-to-mom networking has exploded with social media. Katie Dolan launched the Wenatchee Facebook group in November 2013. A mother of two — 4-year-old Dashel and 2-year-old Max — Dolan thought maybe 10 of her close friends would join. “I had no idea it would get so big,” she said. “I definitely don’t know all the people. On average, I see about seven families on a regular basis.” The idea came from her early hikes with Dash, starting when he was 6 weeks old. She was a new stay-at-home mom whose friends still worked 9-to-5 jobs. “I definitely had the baby blues,” Dolan said. “I had no support, so I purposely set 32

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Max Dolan, 2, tags along on a hike with mom Katie. out to make another group of friends.” Hiking allowed her to exercise and get some fresh air during his naps. Soon, a few other new moms joined her. About three times a week, her group hiked the Wenatchee Foothills. As they worked up a sweat, they compared notes as their babies established sleep schedules, switched to solid foods and took their

first steps. “It was uninterrupted social time, and it was so much easier than getting coffee,” she said. “It killed two birds with one stone — social and physical.” When Dolan’s second child arrived, 2-year-old Dash decided he was ready to start hiking on his own. Dolan created the Facebook group to


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Where to go Jacobsen Preserve Oh so conveniently close to town, Saddlerock can be a challenge for toddlers (it’s steep in places) so take the back way up Jacobsen Preserve. It’s a gradual climb with songbirds and wildflowers in spring. If you’re carrying a baby, hiking poles might be a good idea to help you keep traction on loose gravel. How to get there: Park at the Wenatchee Racquet & Athletic Club, 1913 Skyline Drive

Castle Rock Trail System A new series of loops called lower Castle Rock — 1.3 miles total — is not as steep as the hike up Castle Rock proper but still offers good views of the city. How to get there: Drive to the end of Western Avenue to No. 2 Canyon Road. After a quarter mile, turn right onto Castle Heights Drive. A new trailhead built in 2014 includes a picnic plaza, restroom and parking.

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as needed. Tree shade and elevation make a cooler hike in summer. How to get there: From South Mission Street in Wenatchee, drive 8 miles up Squilchuck Road. The park is 4 miles before Mission Ridge. Discover Pass required. Visit http://www.parks. wa.gov/589/Squilchuck for a trail map.

Icicle Gorge A flat, 4-mile loop that wanders through dry pine forest on one side of the river, and canopied fir forest along the other side of the river. Toddlers will love the bridge and the educational interpretive signs spread throughout the trail. How to get there: Follow Icicle Road for 15.3 miles (after the pavement ends), the trailhead is on the left. U.S. Forest Service pass required.

Hidden Lake A well-groomed trail wide enough for a stroller. It’s fairly flat, just 1.2 miles roundtrip, with bathrooms at the trailhead. Toddlers will delight in hollowed out cedar trunks and easy log bridges. The trail culminates with

a small lake surrounded by big pines and boulders. U.S. Forest Service pass required. How to get there: From Leavenworth, drive west on Highway 2 for 15 miles. Turn right onto State Route 207 and drive for 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Cedar Brae Road and bear left at the state park entrance. Stay on Cedar Brae Road for another 3.4 miles to the end of the pavement, where the road becomes Forest Road 6750. Turn left in another half mile, and left again at .9 mile to reach the trailhead.

Ski Hill A network of wide cross-country ski trails contains some short rolling hills. Toddlers can enjoy wildflowers, and some outdoor fitness stops along the trail that parallels Titus Road. In some areas, the weeds can grow over a foot tall by September, so bring a stroller with high clearance, or a backpack or carrier. How to get there: 10701 Ski Hill Drive. From Highway 2 in Leavenworth, turn right on Ski Hill Drive. Drive for about a mile, then straight into the parking lot.


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ow much can you squeeze into a 24-hour getaway? Plenty if your destination is Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort near Leavenworth. My wife and I have two young daughters, so when we decide to get away — just the two of us — we typically look for a spot close to our Wenatchee home. Sleeping Lady is the perfect choice, as it’s barely a 35-minute trip from our driveway. The rustic resort spans 67 acres that abut Icicle Creek, roughly 3 miles south of Leavenworth’s western edge. Harriet Bullitt bought the property — a former church camp site — and pumped big bucks into converting it to an upscale resort that maintains its connection to its natural surroundings. The resort is nestled among the trees along the lower part of Icicle Canyon, a popular outdoor recreation destination for adventurers regardless the season. Sleeping Lady boasts 162 beds split among 58 rooms. Guest rooms are arranged in clusters made up of 6-10 private rooms. There are also a couple of stand-alone cabins if you’re looking for a little more privacy. Harriet and her advisers have created a living, breathing resort campus that reflects the owner’s interest in the performing arts and the environment. Among the highlights are the Snowy Owl Theater, a meadow stage, the Canyon Recital Hall, the Chapel Theater, the Aspen Leaf Day Spa building and a two-acre organic garden that pumps out fruit and produce featured at Sleeping Lady’s two restaurants — O’Grady’s Pantry and Kingfisher Restaurant & Wine Bar.

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With a 3 p.m. check-in time and an 11 a.m. check-out time the following day, we figured we better get crackin’ if we wanted to maximize our visit. We hit the relaxation button immediately by heading to the pool ahead of our 5:30 p.m. dinner reservation. The rock-lined pool is outdoors but proved to be a cool spot even on a hot summer day. My idea of a trip to the pool involves finding the nearest chaise lounge while my wife swims. We’re both happy with the arrangement. After showering and changing for dinner, we headed over to Kingfisher, Sleeping Lady’s buffet-style restaurant that has a well-earned reputation for serving high-end meals. The salad bar was chock-full of items grown in the resort’s organic garden or sourced from another local provider. Our favorites were the Israeli couscous salad with carrot slivers, cucumber and capers and the roasted baby beets salad that included blue cheese chunks, a light September / October 2015

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citrus dressing and spiced nuts. The entrée choices were grilled lamb racks, Moroccan spiced swordfish and spiced cauliflower steaks. I tend to have a hard time making decisions, so I enjoyed the grilled lamb racks first and returned later for a small portion of the swordfish. My wife especially enjoyed the moist and flaky swordfish, which was served with a peach chutney that screamed summer. Here’s a tip for Kingfisher first-timers: be sure to leave room for dessert. I didn’t, but I visited the dessert bar anyway and was glad I did. The apricot crisp tart and key lime posset were divine. Whoever invented belt notches deserves a medal of some kind. My wife — smart woman that she is — suggested a walk after dinner. We strolled the resort grounds, exploring all the different paved trails that allow guests to meander. Along the way, we came across a young deer feeding in the meadow on the property’s north edge. We stood and watched for about 10 minutes. Our last stop of the evening was the Play Barn for some table tennis and billiards before heading back to our room.

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Above: Kingfisher is the high-end, buffet-style restaurant at Sleeping Lady. Below, left: A fawn watches for its mother.


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Above: The Grotto, a cave-themed bar, sits at the base of a long water feature winding down the hillside. Right: Prep cook Mani Avila-Banales pours sauce over a fish fillet at Kingfisher Restaurant. Bottom right: Avila slices flank steak at Kingfisher Restaurant. Below: Most guest rooms are arranged in clusters around a central feature, in this case, a fountain.

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— to attracting visitors. It seems to be working. Vandenbrink said the resort’s never been busier, with more locals visiting and staying. After breakfast, we ambled over to Icicle Outfitters for a trail ride with veteran guide Fred Duzan, who has led pack horse trips in the Icicle Canyon area for more than 10 years. Fred suggested a pair of gentle horses — Georgie Girl and Queenie — for my wife and me. We set out at a slow pace for a 3-mile ride that took us through part of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery and along the bank of Icicle Creek. If you’ve ever had the good fortune to be on a Fred-led horse ride, you’ll know he’s the sort of fellow who will spout out a joke every few minutes. Don’t worry if you have kids along — “I don’t ever tell a joke that you wouldn’t tell your grandma,” he said. During our ride, we came across wildlife tracks, including deer, bear and cougar. At one point, Fred pointed to the hillside on the other side of Icicle Creek that burned during the ‘94 fires. “People ask me if I got scared during the ‘94 fires,” he said. “I say, ‘Nope. I moved here in ‘95.’ ” The ride with Fred put us in a good mood as we headed back to our room for a quick shower before checking out. We packed our bag in the car and decided on another walk through the resort property, paying more attention this time to the more than three dozen pieces of permanent outdoor art scattered around the grounds. Perhaps the most stunning is the massive Dale Chihuly piece outside Kingfisher restaurant titled appropriately “Chihuly Icicles.” By the time we finished our walk, we were hungry for lunch so we headed over to O’Grady’s Pantry, which recently underwent a remodel and boasts a new chef and menu. It was a tasty finish to a thoroughly enjoyable trip that ended much too soon. Our next trip will definitely be longer. F

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ones of Washington’s knock-out performance at the 2015 North Central Washington Wine Awards comes as a fitting tribute to one of the true fathers of the region’s wine industry. Jack Jones died March 13 after an extended illness. He was 73. He didn’t get word that judges in a blind tasting of nearly 240 wines awarded his winery a phenomenal four Double Gold Medals, including the Best of Show, Best White Wine, Best Rosé and two other Best of Class awards. In addition, Jack’s wines won three other Gold Medals and seven Silver Medals. “What’s remarkable is the quality of these wines at a price point that’s affordable to anyone,” said Allan Williams, Jones of Washington marketing director. “That’s what Jack wanted — great wines that people can enjoy every day, not just something you can only afford on an anniversary or special occasion.” Five of Jones’ seven Double Gold and Gold medal winners are priced between $10 and $15.

Jones of Washington Wines: 2012 Reserve Malbec, 2014 Riesl Sauvignon, 2014 Pinot Gris, 2014 Viognier Honors also must go to Greg Jones, Jack’s son, who oversees the company’s expansive vineyards in the Ancient Lakes and Wahluke Slope growing areas between Quincy and Mattawa, and to Victor Palencia, the winery’s much-heralded winemaker. “You can have a lot of control when you produce your own grapes and pin down specific rows for Jones wines,” Allan said. Jones grows about 2,000 acres of wine grapes in many varieties in


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ve Malbec, 2014 Riesling, 2014 Rosé of Syrah, 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Jack’s Reserve Cabernet nier vineyards at several locations. Over the years — Jones started planting vineyards in 1996 — varieties have been replanted to better fit what grows best in varying soil and climate conditions at each site. Most of the grapes from those vineyards are made into wines for Ste. Michelle Estates and Columbia Crest. But Greg and Victor make sure they pick out the best for wines that get special treatment under the Jones of Washington labels. And as the vine-

yards mature, Allan said the grapes and wines get better. That was especially the case for the Jones 2014 Ancient Lakes Sauvignon Blanc, winner of this year’s Best of Show and Best White awards and a unanimous Double Gold Medal. “It’s great to see it do so well,” said Victor. “The harvest, the chemistry, it all came together. We had a sensation that we had something special.” The wine exhibits rich minerality that defines the Ancient Lakes along with

abundant tropical fruit flavors that take you to a better place. The Jones Loser and Winchester vineyards near Quincy are really coming into their own for white wines, Victor said. The Double Gold Pinot Gris and Gold Riesling came from those sites, as did the Double Gold Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé of Syrah. Wahluke Slope vineyards produced the Double Gold Medal, Best of Class 2012 Reserve Malbec and the Gold Medal-winning 2011 Jack’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Both Allan and Victor were especially happy to see the cab, Jack’s favorite wine, win Gold. “That was the wine he was most proud of and one we strive to make special,” said Victor, adding that the best is still to come. “The vineyards are maturing and I think they are ready for the next level, a true reserve,” he said. “I think the 2012 and 2013 are really there and will be a warm tribute to what he achieved. I only wish he was still here to taste them.” F September / October 2015

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ave B Estate Winery and winemaker Freddy Arredondo have a knack for turning nature’s rugged, raw elements into refined, polished gems. Winery owners Vince and Carol Bryan built a world-class resort on the basalt cliffs above the Columbia River. From desolate rubble they created the luxurious Cave B Resort and the internationally known Gorge Amphitheatre, which they later sold. They also planted grapes. Many varieties of grapes. Freddy, Cave B’s head winemaker since 2007, has taken the estate’s vineyards to new heights, refining their fruit into wines of unique character. Cave B Estate wines won six Gold Medals and nine Silver Medals at the 2015 North Central Washington Wine Awards, including Best of Class for its 2012 Cave B Vineyards Sangiovese. Another Italian red variety, the 2012 Cave B Vineyards Barbera, also won a Gold Medal. Freddy said the Italian varieties are

not widely planted in Washington, but that’s likely to change as their popularity grows among consumers. The varieties seem to love the blistering summer heat of the rocky Ancient Lakes American Viticulture Area. “What I like about the Sangiovese is that it tastes very varietally correct,” said Freddy, who fell in love with Italian wines — as well as the woman who became his wife, Carrie Bryan — while attending cooking classes in Italy. While the Sangiovese and Barbera remind him of the distinct tastes of Italy, they also have a mineral character unique to the Ancient Lakes. The Sangiovese at Cave B grows in a near absence of soil, he said. “It’s horrible soil — it’s all rocks, and the hottest site on the property,” he said. In other words, perfect for taming and


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ripening the prolific, heat-loving vines. The Ancient Lakes AVA is well known for its white wines, and Cave B has the awards to prove it. Its 2012 Chardonnay, 2014 Viognier and 2014 Cavewoman White — a 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Semillon — all won Gold Medals this year. He’s especially proud of that Cavewoman White, his interpretation of an affordable but enticing table wine meant for everyday drinking. It’s won Gold Medals both times he’s entered it in the competition. Red wine grapes grown in Ancient Lakes soils also offer unique character, Freddy said. A good example is Cave B Vineyards’ 2012 Malbec, another Gold Medal winner that NCW Wine Awards judges found bursting with blackberry, pomegranate, well-integrated tannins and a touch of black pepper. “Malbec is well-suited for Washington and does especially well at Ancient Lakes. It has a nice black pepper note that I really enjoy,” he said. “There’s something to be said for Ancient Lakes’ red varieties. They really have a unique quality and character that can be tasted. I love it when an area can really show its differences.” Freddy has a cornucopia of distinctive elements to work with at Cave B. He and Bryan have planted a wide assortment of grape varieties on the wind-swept benches above the Columbia. Vineyards vary in elevation, sun exposure and soil types. “I have lot of things to play with. It’s a lot of trial and error,” he said with a laugh. F

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reat winemaking is much about great networking. Washington winemakers have a history of helping each other out. But the most important connection is often between the winemaker and those who grow the grapes. After all, great wine is made in the vineyard. Few North Central Washington winemakers are as well-connected as Mike Scott of Martin-Scott Winery. Mike played an important role in planting some of the first vineyards in the Columbia Basin in the mid-1990s. While Mike is always ready to spin great stories about his associations with other vintners and grape growers, those associations also ensure him of a ready supply of excellent grapes. Vineyard contracts with one of Dick Shaw’s vineyards in the Red Mountain American Viticulture Area provided him with the raw product for two Double Gold winning wines in this year’s NCW Wine Awards. Martin-Scott’s 2013 Shaw Vineyard Ryder’s Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon — named for Mike and Judi Scott’s grandson, Ryder — and 2011 Shaw Vineyard Malbec both won Double Gold medals. A Double Gold medal means all members of the judging panel unanimously agreed on the wine’s superior qualities. Don Seabrook MartinScott also won Mike Scott owner of Gold Medals Martin-Scott Winery in for its 2013 East Wenatchee Needlerock

Vineyards Montepulciano and 2014 Rose of Sangiovese. The winery also had six Silver Medal winners for its Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Viognier, Peddler’s White blend, Riesling and Muscat Canelli. Mike said his association with Shaw goes back many years. Mike directed vineyard planting for Jack Jones in the 1990s at the beginning of Washington’s wine boom. Shaw also started buying Columbia Basin land to plant grapes for Chateau Ste. Michelle’s expanding production. With about 2,000 acres of vineyards each, Jones and Shaw later decided to build their own production plant — J & S Crushing in Mattawa — to make bulk wine to sell to Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest. The Shaw and Jones vineyards have also long been a source for many of Mike and Judi’s wines. “It’s a salvation,” Mike said about the tiny and exclusive Red Mountain vineyards. The Red Mountain appellation has earned a reputation as one of the state’s finest growing areas. South facing, rocky and short of water, the soils — or lack of them — are perfect for growing great grapes, if nothing else. Some of the state’s best top-tier wines are made from the vineyards. “Right next to our row is where


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dedicated to several European varieties that aren’t well known or produced much elsewhere in Washington. “The grapes are different and we are interested in exploring what is different,” he said. Consumers who come to the tasting room and summer dinners on the deck are also eager to try new things. “Wine consumers are most often interesting, intelligent, warm human beings. They’re always looking for something different. They want to taste a Malbec and a Tempranillo side by side, and we like to serve it to them,” he said. “We really enjoy the people.” F

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The Platinum Winemakers Circle celebrates the wineries that set the gold standard in the North Central Washington Wine Awards. This year’s honorees — Cave B Estate Winery and Jones of Washington — are a pair of familiar names. Jones of Washington joined the Platinum Winemakers Circle in 2012, while this marks the third consecutive year that Cave B has been honored. Congratulations to each of these fine wineries that are in select company.

2011 Chateau Faire Le Pont 2012 Jones of Washington Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 Cave B Estate Winery Chateau Faire Le Pont Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Cave B Estate Winery Ginkgo Forest Winery Martin-Scott Winery Rio Vista Wines 2015 Cave B Estate Winery Jones of Washington 50

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Meet the Judges MODERATORS Eric Degerman is a wine author and journalist. He was managing editor of Wine Press Northwest magazine for 15 years before launching Great Northwest Wine, a news and information company. He judges wine professionally throughout the West Coast.

Andy Perdue is the Seattle Times wine columnist. He is a thirdgeneration newspaperman and author. He was editor-in-chief of Wine Press Northwest magazine for 15 years prior to launching Great Northwest Wine.

Marco Martinez is editor of Foothills Magazine and features editor of The Wenatchee World. He enjoys the regional wine scene and learning about the industry through his work for Foothills.

Don Elsing is wine director at Sun Mountain Lodge near Winthrop. Under his leadership, the resort has received numerous awards for its wine list, including honors from Wine Spectator magazine and the Washington State Wine Commission.

Dan Carr is co-owner of Visconti’s Italian Restaurants in Wenatchee and Leavenworth, and the Fire and Ice restaurants at Pybus Market. His restaurants have received numerous wine-related awards over the years from Wine Spectator magazine and the Washington State Wine Commission.

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Ken Robertson is a retired newspaper editor with more than 35 years of wine-writing experience. He is a professional wine judge and is a longtime columnist for Wine Press Northwest magazine.

Richard Larsen is the research winemaker for Washington State University. He runs winemaking operations at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center in Richland. He’s a member of Great Northwest Wine’s tasting panel and a frequent judge at competitions throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Rick Steigmeyer has been an award-winning journalist for more than 30 years. An amateur winemaker, he writes about food and wine for The Wenatchee World and Foothills magazine.

Mike Rader is a financial consultant and longtime wine enthusiast. He judges wine throughout the Pacific Northwest and is a member of Great Northwest Wine’s tasting panel.

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26 other wines in that prestigious class. Pete showed a prize-winning ability with new wines as well as classic varieties. His 2014 Tempranillo won Double Gold and Best of Class for that trendy new Spanish-origin varietal. Beaumont Cellar’s 2013 Cabernet Franc was a Gold Medal winner. Cab Franc is a spicy, earthy grape that is most often used as a blending wine for Bordeaux-style Beaumont Cellars Wines: 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, blends with Cab2014 Tempranillo, 2013 Cabernet Franc ernet Sauvignon and Merlot. But Beaumont has crafted it as a t’s a hobby on steroids,” winning varietal that wows customers Pete Beaumont says about and wine judges alike. the winery he and his wife Beaumont Cellars may be a young Katie opened just five years winery, but winning awards is nothing ago. Beaumont Cellars has since then new. Its 2009 Syrah won Best of Show turned into a very serious new venture honors at the 2011 NCW Wine Awards for the Quincy couple, who have grown just a year after the winery went comapples and cherries on Quincy’s Babmercial. This year’s awards show that cock Ridge for more than 30 years. was no flash in the pan. In addition Perhaps it’s that long experience as to its two Double Gold and one Gold fruit growers that has enabled them to medal, Beaumont Cellars collected five rise quickly to the top of their craft. Silver and one Bronze medal this year. Beaumont Cellars wines captured The 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon two Best of Class Awards at the 2015 was made from grapes grown in Dick North Central Washington Wine Shaw’s vineyard in Washington’s famed Awards. The Double Gold MedalRed Mountain AVA. It’s hard to go wrong winning 2013 Beaumont Reserve Red with grapes that good, Pete said. Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon topped

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Wine Judging

How it works

Wineries and winemakers submit their wines, expecting the most fair and knowledgeable competition possible to win welldeserved awards for their product and craft. Although each wine is judged independently, medals tell a winemaker how his or her wines stack up against others in the region, if there are flaws in his or her process and if the wines The 2015 North Central Washington Wine Awards drew 239 are accomplishing entries from 38 area wineries. intended goals. Judges are tasked ine judges and three panel with doing the near impossible: using moderators swirled, sniffed, our subjective knowledge of wine to tasted and spit through 239 be as objective as can be and deterdifferent wines June 2 to determine mine each wine’s merit. Wines are not awards for the 2015 North Central judged against each other. All can earn Washington Wine Awards. Judging was a Gold Medal or none at all. coordinated by Andy Purdue and Eric To delete bias, wines are judged Degerman of Great Northwest Wine. double blind. Judges don’t know speThey’ve organized dozens of wine cifically which wines from which wincompetitions throughout the Northeries are entered in the competition. west. Moderators tell the judges what type or The wines were submitted by 38 varietal is in front of them but offer no NCW wineries. Judges tasted about 80 wine specifics about the producer or wines each. Gold medal winners were source of the grapes. sampled a second time to determine Judges taste the wines in flights the superlative winners — Best of according to type. Judges inspect each Show, Best Red, Best White, Best Deswine’s color and clarity and the clear sert and Best Rosé. layer at the top of the wine that offers

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information about its alcohol level. They swirl the wine to blend in oxygen and expose the delicate aromas. Finally, they sip the wine and wash it over tastebuds in different parts of their mouth before spitting it into a cup. Notes are taken for each wine. Often, judges will revisit a wine a few times to see if it opens up given a few minutes more time. Judges award each wine a Gold, Silver, Bronze or no medal. Once all the wines in a flight are scored, judges give the score sheets to the panel moderator, who enters the scores in his computer that identifies each number with a specific wine. If all judges in the panel agree on a medal, that’s what it is. If the three judges award Gold, the wine is elevated to Double Gold. If there are differences, the moderator calls for a discussion to come to consensus. Judges can take another sip and argue their case up or down until they agree. New this year — at least for the NCW Wine Awards — judges picked a Best of Class winner for each variety. After all the wines are judged, the backroom crew brings out new pours of the Gold and Double Gold winners to determine superlative winners — Best of Show, Best Red, Best White, Best Dessert Wine and Best Rosé. Like last year, judges and moderators commented that local wines as a whole continue to improve each year. Beyond the superlative winners, 58 wines — nearly 25 percent of entries — received either Gold or Double Gold medals. Judges awarded 18 Double Gold medals this year, up from 10 a year ago. F

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Best of Show – Best White Jones of Washington 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $15 (713 cases)

Silvara Vineyards 2013 Red Blend, Washington, $32 (264 cases)

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Judges’ comments: Winemaker Victor Palencia seems to excel with every wine grape variety, and he has an especially magical touch with the often-underrated Sauvignon Blanc. Using grapes from the relatively cool Ancient Lakes region of North Central Washington, Palencia has crafted a stunning white with aromas of fig, grapefruit, white peach and lime, followed by flavors of bright, balanced orchard and tropical fruit. It’s all backed by refreshing acidity.

Judges’ comments: Owner/vintner Gary Seidler has a habit of crafting superb red wines, as his 2010 Quartet earned Best of Show in the 2013 North Central Washington Wine Awards. This blend of Bordeaux varieties provides aromas of blackberry, leather and spice, followed by flavors of dark chocolate and ripe dark fruit, all backed by rich tannins that give way to a long, balanced, delicious finish.

Judges’ comments: Using Cabernet Franc, this winery on the north shore of Lake Chelan has crafted an unusual treat: an off-dry vermouth. It opens with huge aromas of dark chocolate and coffee, followed by flavors of dark cherry. It’s beautifully balanced with ample acidity and almost no alcohol showing up in the finish. Vermouth is a rare concoction in the Pacific Northwest, so this is a delicious discovery.

Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily May through December 77 Stage Road, Leavenworth (509) 548-1000; silvarawine.com

Tasting room open 3 through 6 p.m. Friday; 1 through 6 p.m. Saturday; 3 through 6 p.m. Monday; or by appointment 150 W. Wapato Way, Manson (509) 888-4442; legendcellars.com

Wenatchee tasting room open noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Pybus Public Market, 7 N. Worthen St., Wenatchee (509) 888-0809; jonesofwashington.com Quincy tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Labor Day through Memorial Day; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday, Memorial Day through Labor Day 2101 F St. SW, Quincy (509) 787-8108; jonesofwashington.com 56

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Best Rosé

Jones of Washington 2014 Rosé of Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13 (890 cases) Judges’ comments: Earlier this year, Victor Palencia topped the Great Northwest Wine Competition with his Rosé of Pinot Noir under his own Vino la Monarcha label. He nearly repeated the feat this summer with this Rosé of Syrah for Jones of Washington. It’s a clean, gorgeous wine with inviting color, cherry and watermelon aromas and marvelously balanced flavors of strawberry, red currant and cranberry. It’s all backed by impressive acidity. Wenatchee tasting room open noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Pybus Public Market, 7 N. Worthen St., Wenatchee (509) 888-0809; jonesofwashington.com Quincy tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Labor Day through Memorial Day; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday, Memorial Day through Labor Day 2101 F St. SW, Quincy (509) 787-8108; jonesofwashington.com September / October 2015

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Ginkgo Forest Winery 2010 Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $30 (220 cases)

Beaumont Cellars 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $36 (125 cases)

Judges’ comments: Mike Thiede is the owner, grape grower and winemaker for this up-and-coming winery near the Wahluke Slope town of Mattawa, and this Cab Franc is one of his finest efforts to date. It shows off aromas and flavors of cranberry, pomegranate, black currant and dried herbs, all backed with bright, youthful, expressive structure.

Judges’ comments: This winery, one of the few on the Wahluke Slope near Mattawa, is making great strides and producing superb wines. This Cab unveils aromas and flavors of black cherry, spice, huckleberry and layers of complexity. It is beautifully structured through the long finish.

Judges’ comments: Pete Beaumont owns and operates this boutique winery in Quincy (with an additional tasting room in Woodinville), and his wines continue to shine brightly. Using grapes from vaunted Red Mountain, he has crafted a luscious Cab with aromas and flavors of black cherry, spice, blackberry and dark chocolate, all leading to a long, luscious finish.

Mattawa tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, May through October 22561 Road T.7 S.W., Mattawa (509) 932-0082; ginkgowinery.com Tacoma tasting room open noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday 2221 N. 30th St., Tacoma (253) 301-4372; ginkgowinery.com

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Mattawa tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, May through October 22561 Road T.7 S.W., Mattawa (509) 932-0082; ginkgowinery.com Tacoma tasting room open noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday 2221 N. 30th St., Tacoma (253) 301-4372; ginkgowinery.com

Quincy tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8634 Road U N.W., Quincy (509)787-5586; beaumontcellars.com Woodinville tasting room open 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday; 1 to 8 p.m. Friday; 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday 19151 144 Ave. N.E., Unit E, Woodinville (425) 482-6349; beaumontcellars.com


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Martin-Scott Winery 2011 Shaw Vineyard Malbec, Red Mountain, $28 (75 cases)

Jones of Washington 2012 Estate Vineyards Reserve Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $30 (182 cases)

Rio Vista Wines 2013 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $30 (150 cases)

Judges’ comments: Malbec is a fast-rising star in Washington, and owner/winemaker Mike Scott has put together a superb example. This provides aromas and flavors of blackberry, cranberry and even hints of floral notes, all backed with spice and beautiful balance through the finish.

Judges’ comments: Malbec is only gaining in popularity in Washington, and this is a great example of why. Winemaker Victor Palencia has crafted a big, full-bodied, inky red with bold, rich, dark aromas and flavors of blackberry, black pepper, black olive and alluring spices. It’s all backed by bright acidity and approachable tannins.

Judges’ comments: Owner/winemaker John Little earned Best of Show at last year’s North Central Washington Wine Awards, and he follows up that success with this delicious Malbec. The nose is loaded with aromas of raspberry, florals and vanilla, giving way to flavors of ripe berry jam, buttered toast and dried herbs. It’s all backed with refreshing acidity.

Wenatchee tasting room open noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Pybus Public Market, 7 N. Worthen St., Wenatchee (509) 888-0809; jonesofwashington.com

Chelan tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, June 1 through Sept. 29 24415 Highway 97, Chelan (509) 682-9713; riovistawines.com

Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; the tasting room is closed Sundays in January, February and March 3400 10th St. SE, East Wenatchee (509) 886-4596; martinscottwinery.com

Quincy tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Labor Day through Memorial Day; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday, Memorial Day through Labor Day 2101 F St. SW, Quincy (509) 787-8108; jonesofwashington.com

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Jones of Washington 2014 Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13 (1,900 cases) Judges’ comments: Those seeking a delicious, affordable, food-friendly white wine need look no further than Washington Pinot Gris, and this example from Jones of Washington in Quincy is a superb example. It reveals aromas and flavors of pear, jasmine tea, pineapple and lemon-lime. It’s all backed with bright acidity and will pair beautifully with shellfish. Wenatchee tasting room open noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Pybus Public Market, 7 N. Worthen St., Wenatchee (509) 888-0809; jonesofwashington.com Quincy tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Labor Day through Memorial Day; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday, Memorial Day through Labor Day 2101 F St. SW, Quincy (509) 787-8108; jonesofwashington.com

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Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Confluence, Washington $45 (200 cases)

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2013 Ryan’s Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12 (3,500 cases)

Tunnel Hill Winery 2014 Riesling, Lake Chelan, $17 (151 cases)

Judges’ comments: Owner/winemaker Doug Brazil excels with blends, and this Bordeaux-style red is consistently one of his best. Inky purple colors give way to flavors of raspberry, chocolate, grilled spicy meats and ripe plum, all backed with bright acidity and toasty barrel notes. This is a wine to savor with a great meal.

Judges’ comments: This Leavenworth winery has long crafted delicious and affordable wines, and this Riesling is consistently one of the best in the Northwest vintage after vintage. It’s an easy-drinking white with aromas and flavors of Bartlett pear drizzled with honey, all balanced with bright acidity.

Judges’ comments: Winemaker Michelle Fanton stays close to home with the grapes for this wine, and it is a classic example of the potential that Lake Chelan holds. Aromas of pear, apple and dusty minerality give way to beautifully balanced flavors of apricot, lime and just a kiss of sweetness to back up all the acidity.

Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday 1 Vineyard Way, Wenatchee (509) 667-9463; fairelepont.com

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Tunnel Hill Winery 2013 Syrah, Lake Chelan $30 (120 cases) Judges’ comments: This gorgeous Syrah reveals aromas and flavors of ripe dark berry, black pepper and floral notes. The fruit, acidity and tannin are beautifully integrated and give way to milk chocolate on the finish.

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Stemilt Creek Winery Adelaide Sherwood Mathison Sweet Adelaide, Columbia Valley, $13 (500 cases) Judges’ comments: This off-dry blend of Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Chenin Blanc is from a Wenatchee winery that is crafting a wide variety of wines. This is a luscious picnic wine with aromas and flavors of grilled peach, cinnamon spice, baked pear and fresh-cut apricot. Wenatchee tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 110 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee (509) 665-3485; stemiltcreekwinery.com Leavenworth tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 617 Front St., Suite 4A, Leavenworth (509) 888-5357; stemiltcreekwinery.com

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GOLD Cabernet Franc Beaumont Cellars 2013 Cabernet Franc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $29 (90 cases) Judges’ comments: Quincy winemaker Pete Beaumont used grapes from surrounding vineyards for this delicious, mouth-filling Cabernet Franc. It opens with aromas of blackberry, dried herbs and moist earthiness, followed by flavors of plum backed by mild tannins and a wonderfully long finish. Quincy tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8634 Road U N.W., Quincy (509)787-5586; beaumontcellars.com

Cabernet Sauvignon Esther Bricques Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $25 (150 cases) Judges’ comments: Based in Oroville, this winery is one of the northernmost in Washington, and it uses estate grapes not far from the Canadian border. This Cab offers aromas and flavors of cedar, black pepper and ripe dark fruit backed by chocolate. It’s all beautifully balanced. Tasting room open 1 to 5 p.m. daily or by appointment; winter hours are by appointment 42 Swanson Mill Road, Oroville (509) 476-2861; estherbricques.com

Woodinville tasting room open 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday; 1 to 8 p.m. Friday; 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday 19151 144 Ave. N.E., Unit E, Woodinville (425) 482-6349; beaumontcellars.com

Cabernet Franc Plain Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $28 (62 cases) Judges’ comments: This Leavenworth winery hit our radar this year, and it showed extremely well in the NCW Wine Awards with three golds. This gorgeous Cab Franc offers aromas and flavors of smoky vanilla, pomegranate and sweet dried herbs, all balanced with mild tannins and a long finish. Plain tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday 18749 Alpine Acres Road, Plain (425) 931-7500; plaincellars.com Leavenworth tasting room open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Monday 217 8th St., Leavenworth plaincellars.com

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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Sauvignon

Stemilt Creek Winery

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2011 Transforming Traditions Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $32 (80 cases)

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $28 (150 cases)

Judges’ comments: Stemilt Creek in Wenatchee is producing a number of delicious reds, and this Cab Franc is an excellent example. Aromas and flavors of toasted oak, cranberry, Rainier cherry and dried herbs are balanced by intriguing tannins and layers of complexity.

Judges’ comments: Winemaker John Little is really showing his prowess the past couple of years with different grape varieties. This delicious Cab opens with aromas of blackberry, cedar and dark chocolate followed by flavors of black cherry and blueberry. It’s all backed by firm tannins that do not overwhelm the delicious fruit.

Wenatchee tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 110 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee (509) 665-3485; stemiltcreekwinery.com

Chelan tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, from June 1 through Sept. 29 24415 Highway 97, Chelan (509) 682-9713; riovistawines.com Manson tasting room open 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday 224 E. Wapato Way, Manson (509) 687-1179; riovistawines.com


Cabernet Sauvignon Jones of Washington 2011 Jack’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $30 (189 cases) Judges’ comments: This big Cab honors founder Jack Jones, who died earlier this year. It’s a loving tribute, thanks to aromas and flavors of black cherry, mint, dark chocolate, blueberry and elegant spices. Wenatchee tasting room open noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Pybus Public Market, 7 N. Worthen St., Wenatchee (509) 888-0809; jonesofwashington.com Quincy tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Labor Day through Memorial Day; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday, Memorial Day through Labor Day 2101 F St. SW, Quincy (509) 787-8108; jonesofwashington.com

Chardonnay Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cave B Vineyards Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $25 (100 cases) Judges’ comments: Winemaker Freddy Arredondo crafted a beautifully balanced Chardonnay with just the right amount of oak that plays off aromas and flavors of apple, pear and peach, all singing in unison. It’s a well-rounded wine on the palate with nothing missing. Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday 348 Silica Road N.W., Quincy (Next to Gorge Amphitheatre) (509) 785-3500; caveb.com Woodinville tasting room open Monday and Thursday 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 14356 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Redmond (425) 949-7152; caveb.com

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GOLD Malbec Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cave B Vineyards Malbec, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $38 (121 cases) Judges’ comments: Owners Vince and Carol Bryan planted their first grapes near George in 1980. Today, they have 100 acres of vines, and this Malbec is a classic, thanks to aromas and flavors of blackberry, pomegranate and black pepper. There is a sweetness to the well-integrated structure. Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday 348 Silica Road N.W., Quincy (Next to Gorge Amphitheatre) (509) 785-3500; caveb.com Woodinville tasting room open Monday and Thursday 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 14356 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Redmond (425) 949-7152; caveb.com

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Other Red Ginkgo Forest Winery 2012 Estate Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $20 (70 cases) Judges’ comments: If you’re looking for a big beast of a wine, this is it. Using estate grapes on the warm Wahluke Slope near Mattawa, owner/ winemaker Mike Thiede has crafted a bold, delicious drink with aromas and flavors of blackberry, nutmeg, allspice, cherry and cranberry. The tannins are well in check, making this a rich, yet suave red.

Mattawa tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, May through October 22561 Road T.7 S.W., Mattawa (509) 932-0082; ginkgowinery.com Tacoma tasting room open noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m Sunday 2221 N. 30th St., Tacoma (253) 301-4372; ginkgowinery.com 68

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Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cave B Vineyards Barbera, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $35 (148 cases) Judges’ comments: Barbera is grown in northwestern Italy, and it’s now occasionally found here in Washington. This silky red reveals aromas and flavors of boysenberry, red plum, red currant and even a hint of lime. It’s a soft, approachable, drink-soon wine. Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday 348 Silica Road N.W., Quincy (Next to Gorge Amphitheatre) (509) 785-3500; caveb.com Woodinville tasting room open Monday and Thursday 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 14356 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Redmond (425) 949-7152; caveb.com


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Other Red Viento Ridge 2009 Cinsault, Wahluke Slope, $12 (139 cases) Judges’ comments: This young winery in Moses Lake is off to a strong start, thanks to this somewhat rare Rhône red variety. It offers aromas and flavors of strawberry jam, watermelon, strawberry-rhubarb compote and milk chocolate. The juicy structure is lip-smackingly good. 7496 Road K.7 N.E., Moses Lake (541) 946-3790; vientoridge.com

Martin-Scott Winery 22013 Needlerock Vineyard Montepulciano, Columbia Valley, $28 (70 cases)

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Judges’ comments: Montepulciano is one of the most-planted grapes in Italy, but it is rare indeed in the New World, and Mike Scott crafts one of the few we’ve seen in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a remarkable wine with aromas and flavors of black cherry, black olive, dark chocolate and a hint of leather. It’s all backed by smooth tannins. Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tasting room is closed Sundays in January, February and March. 3400 10th St. SE, East Wenatchee (509) 886-4596; martinscottwinery.com

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Other White Crayelle Cellars 2014 Albariño, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $21 (133 cases) Judges’ comments: For the better part of two decades, winemaker Craig Mitrakul has crafted (and continues to craft) wines for various North Central Washington wineries. Crayelle is his own small project in Cashmere. This Spanish white variety has a real future in Washington, and this is a classic example, thanks to aromas and flavors of peach, French vanilla, minerality and even a hint of honey. Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. weekends 207A Mission Ave., Cashmere (509) 393-1996; crayellecellars.com

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Judges’ comments: Petite Sirah is becoming thankfully less rare in Washington, and this is a superb example using Yakima Valley grapes. It opens with a hint of smokiness and black pepper followed by flavors of mocha, blackberry, plum and black pepper. It’s all backed by sweet, approachable tannins.

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2014 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $18

Judges’ comments: Owner/winemaker John Morgan has been crafting stunning wines in the Methow Valley for more than a dozen years, and this Chenin Blanc is complex and delightful. It offers aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, lemon, pear and minerality that is smooth and creamy through the lengthy finish.

Plain tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday 18749 Alpine Acres Road, Plain (425) 931-7500; plaincellars.com

Winthrop tasting room open daily 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. through Sept. 2; call for hours the rest of the year 26 Highway 20, Winthrop (509) 996-2888; lostriverwinery.com

Leavenworth tasting room open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Monday 217 8th St., Leavenworth plaincellars.com

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2014 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $20 Judges’ comments: This Leavenworth winery has long focused on delicious white wines, and it’s nice to see such a luscious example of the often-forgotten Chenin Blanc. This offers aromas and flavors of citrus, orange peel and white blossom, all backed with a kiss of sweetness and ample acidity.

Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, May through October 10037 Eagle Creek Road, Leavenworth (509) 548-7668; eaglecreekwinery.com

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Silvara Vineyards 2014 Chenin Blanc, Washington, $24 (231 cases) Judges’ comments: This winery between Peshastin and Leavenworth has crafted this delicious Chenin Blanc with aromas and flavors of lime, apricot and off-the-tree Golden Delicious apple. It has beautiful sugar-to-acid balance that leads to a superb and memorable finish. Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily May through December 77 Stage Road, Leavenworth (509) 548-1000; silvarawine.com


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Other White Eagle Creek Winery 2013 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, $18 (64 cases) Judges’ comments: Back in the early days of the Washington wine industry, this German grape was one of the most popular. It still is holding its own today, and this is a classic example, thanks to aromas and flavors of pear, honeysuckle, rosewater and honeydew melon. Surprisingly bright acidity brings everything together for a clean finish.

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Judges’ comments: Top-flight Pinot Noir from Washington is rare, but if any region has an opportunity to produce it, that would be the versatile Lake Chelan. This superb example from Tunnel Hill on the south shore of the lake provides classic aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, sweet oak spices and vanilla, all wrapped in juicy acidity and mild tannins.

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Red Blend

Jones of Washington

Benson Vineyards Estate Winery

2014 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $10 (1,900 cases)

2012 Cabriovese, Lake Chelan Judges’ comments: This showpiece winery and vineyard on the north shore of Lake Chelan near Manson has crafted a delicious Super Tuscan style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. The resulting wine reveals aromas and flavors of bayberry, pomegranate, complex spices and mouthwatering acidity, all backed by bright, food-friendly acidity and beautiful tannins. Tasting room opens at 11 a.m. daily 754 Winesap Ave., Manson (509) 687-0313; bensonvineyards.com

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Stemilt Creek Winery

2012 Eclipse, Columbia Valley, $30 (102 cases)

2011 Estate Boss Lady, Columbia Valley, $24 (274 cases)

Judges’ comments: This Bordeauxstyle red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot is a rich, full wine with aromas and flavors of dark ripe fruit, including black cherry, plum and boysenberry. Complex layers of flavor backed by balanced structure make this a complete wine.

Judges’ comments: Winemaker Jan Mathison blends Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and a few other varieties in this delicious red blend that reveals aromas and flavors of black currant, red plum and boysenberry. Its creamy midpalate gives way to rich tannins and a lovely finish.

Leavenworth tasting room open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Monday 217 8th St., Leavenworth plaincellars.com

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Wenatchee tasting room open noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Pybus Public Market, 7 N. Worthen St., Wenatchee (509) 888-0809; jonesofwashington.com Quincy tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Labor Day through Memorial Day; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday, Memorial Day through Labor Day 2101 F St. SW, Quincy (509) 787-8108; jonesofwashington.com

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Plain tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday 18749 Alpine Acres Road, Plain (425) 931-7500; plaincellars.com

Judges’ comments: Winemaker Victor Palencia scores big awards annually for this delicious off-dry and beautifully balanced Riesling. This reveals aromas and flavors of white peach, tropical fruit, lime and spearmint. The mild sweetness is beautifully balanced with bright acidity to make this a luscious summer sipper.

Wenatchee tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 110 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee (509)665-3485; stemiltcreekwinery.com

Vin du Lac Winery 2013 Lehm Riesling, Lake Chelan, $23 (230 cases) Judges’ comments: Longtime Lake Chelan winemaker Larry Lehmbecker has crafted a delicious Riesling with aromas of baked apple drizzled with honey followed by flavors of white pepper, lime and Golden Delicious apple. Pair this with baked chicken or Thai cuisine.

Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May to September; noon to 5 p.m. daily, October through April 105 Highway 150, Chelan (509) 682-2882; vindulac.com


Sangiovese

Rosé

Rosé Malaga Springs Winery 2014 Al Y Kat Rosé, Washington, $17 (85 cases) Judges’ comments: This bright and delicious Rosé shows off aromas of watermelon, Rose’s Lime Juice and raspberry. On the palate, it’s an off-dry drink with flavors of cherry jam and blueberry. Enjoy this well chilled with grilled meats or seafood. Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday 3450 Cathedral Rock Road, Malaga (509) 679-0152; malagaspringswinery.com

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2014 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $18 (75 cases)

2009 Sangiovese, Wahluke Slope, $12 (40 cases)

Judges’ comments: One of the best uses of Sangiovese is for dry rosés, and this is one of the best we’ve tasted this year. It opens with aromas of fresh-cut apple, dried strawberry and spice, followed by flavors of Rainier cherry and raspberry drizzled with a touch of honey.

Judges’ comments: This affordable red from a young Columbia Basin winery opens with aromas of cedar, earthiness and cherry, followed by flavors of strawberry and red currant. It’s all backed by right-on tannins that lead to thoughts of lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs.

Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tasting room is closed Sundays in January, February and March 3400 10th St. SE, East Wenatchee (509) 886-4596; martinscottwinery.com

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Wedge Mountain Winery

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Judges’ comments: Talented winemaker Freddy Arredondo produces superb wines from this winery atop cliffs towering above the Columbia River near George. This beautiful Sangiovese shows off aromas and flavors of strawberry, pomegranate, blueberry and a whisper of smokiness, all wrapped within firm tannins. Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday 348 Silica Road N.W., Quincy (Next to Gorge Amphitheatre) (509) 785-3500; caveb.com

Judges’ comments: Longtime Peshastin winemaker Charlie McKee continues to make delicious red wines. This luscious Syrah offers aromas and flavors of bacon, blackberry jam, maple syrup and oak spices. There are no missing elements in this wine. Enjoy it with braised or grilled meats. Tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday 9534 Saunders Road, Peshastin (509) 548-7068; wedgemountainwinery.com

Woodinville tasting room open Monday and Thursday 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 14356 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Redmond (425) 949-7152; caveb.com

Sangiovese Errant Cellars 2013 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $22 (43 cases) Judges’ comments: Megan Couture splashed onto the scene a year ago with delicious wines in the NCW Wine Awards. This year, the Quincy winemaker has another hit with this Sangiovese. It is a classic with aromas and flavors of strawberry, blackberry jam and cranberry, all backed with bright acidity and firm tannins. Perfect with lasagna. Tasting room open 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, October through mid-May; 12:30 to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, mid-May through September 15 B St. S.E., Quincy (509) 289-9660; errantcellars.com

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Voila Vineyards 2013 Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $24 (24 cases) Judges’ comments: This winery and chalet (available for rental) near Cashmere has produced a delicious Syrah using grapes from the relatively cool Ancient Lakes region near George and Quincy. It shows off aromas and flavors of boysenberry, oatmeal cookies and a hint of gaminess not unlike a classic Côte-Rôtie. Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Sunday; noon to 6:30 Saturday 6359 Kimber Road, Cashmere (360) 500-9942; voilavineyards.com

Brender Canyon Vineyard 2012 Syrah, Washington, $30 (24 cases) Judges’ comments: This new label from Warm Springs Inn north of Wenatchee uses grapes from the Szmania family’s estate vineyard near Cashmere. This delicious offering provides aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, ripe plum, black pepper and dark chocolate, all wrapped in fine-grained tannins that lead to a memorable finish. Tasting room hours by appointment only 7912 Brender Canyon Road, Cashmere (509) 662-5683; brendercanyonfarm.com


Syrah Malaga Springs Winery 2012 Reserve Syrah, Washington, $32 (50 cases) Judges’ comments: Using grapes from estate vines south of Wenatchee, owner/winemaker Al Mathews has crafted one of the most delicious Syrahs in North Central Washington. This offers aromas and flavors of loganberry, blackberry, dark chocolate and black licorice, all backed by well-balanced structure. Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday 3450 Cathedral Rock Road, Malaga (509) 679-0152; malagaspringswinery.com

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Syrah Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Milbrandt Vineyards Free Run Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $33 (150 cases) Judges’ comments: Winemaker Doug Brazil brought in grapes from the warm Wahluke Slope, arguably the best spot in Washington for consistently ripe Syrah. Aromas of ripe boysenberry leads to flavors of ripe plum and dark chocolate. Pair this with just about any grilled meats. Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday 1 Vineyard Way, Wenatchee (509) 667-9463; fairelepont.com

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Judges’ comments: This winery south of Wenatchee along the Columbia River crafts a number of wines, and this delicious Viognier is among its best. Aromas and flavors of baked pear, white peach and apricot give way to notes of hazelnut.

Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday 3450 Cathedral Rock Road, Malaga (509) 679-0152; malagaspringswinery.com

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2014 Estate Vineyards Viognier, Wahluke Slope, $15 (868 cases)

2014 Viognier, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $25 (259 cases)

Judges’ comments: Viognier, whose ancestral home is the northern Rhône Valley of southern France, is not an easy wine to make in part because of its softness. Winemaker Victor Palencia manages to retain food-friendly brightness in this delicious example, along with intriguing notes of fresh white peach and crisp apple.

Judges’ comments: Viognier is a difficult grape to grow and an even harder wine to make, but winemaker Freddie Arredondo seems to have the magical touch. This is a classic with aromas and flavors of peach, apricot and Mandarin orange. Surprisingly bright acidity brings everything together for a full mouth feel and a long finish.

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2014 Cave B Vineyards Cavewoman White, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $14 (150 cases) Judges’ comments: This is a blend of Chardonnay and Semillon, a combination that has no classical Old World equivalent but perhaps should. Enticing aromas of Asian pear, white peach and cotton candy give way to flavors of apricot and a hint of mango and papaya. It’s also nicely priced, so feel free to open it any night of the week. Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday 348 Silica Road N.W., Quincy (Next to Gorge Amphitheatre) (509) 785-3500; caveb.com Woodinville tasting room open Monday and Thursday 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 14356 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Redmond (425) 949-7152; caveb.com

Viognier

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Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday 348 Silica Road N.W., Quincy (Next to Gorge Amphitheatre) (509) 785-3500; caveb.com Woodinville tasting room open Monday and Thursday 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 14356 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Redmond (425) 949-7152; caveb.com

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White Blend Tsillan Cellars 2014 Estate Sempre Amore, Lake Chelan, $16 (423 cases) Judges’ comments: One of the most magnificent wineries in the Northwest, thanks to its beautiful Tuscan-inspired architecture and delicious wines, is on the south shore of Lake Chelan. This blend of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Viognier is a luscious white with aromas and flavors of peach, lime zest and honeydew melon. Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily 3875 Highway 97A, Chelan (509) 682-9463; tsillancellars.com

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SILVER

Cabernet Franc

Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Lake Chelan, $35 bensonvineyards.com

Horan Estates Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $24 (98 cases) horanestateswinery.com

Chardonnay

Voila Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Errant Cellars 2013 Jones of Washington Columbia Valley, Cabernet Franc, Columbia 2014 Estate Vineyards $22 (33 cases) Valley, $22 (37 cases) Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope, voilavineyards.com errantcellars.com $14 (1,942 cases) Cabernet 37 Cellars 2011 Cabernet jonesofwashington.com Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Sauvignon Villa Monaco Winery Tsillan Cellars 2014 Estate Eagle Creek Winery 2013 $30 (300 cases) 2012 Corner Store Cab, Chardonnay, Lake Chelan, Viento Ridge 2009 Cabernet Cabernet Franc, Columbia Lost River Winery 2013 37cellars.com $22 (376 cases) Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, Washington, $25, (83 cases) Valley, $23 (68 cases) Chardonnay, Columbia villamonacowinery.com tsillancellars.com $12 (56 cases) eaglecreekwinery.com Valley, $18 Plain Cellars 2012 Cabernet vientoridge.com lostriverwinery.com Sauvignon, Red Mountain, Jones of Washington Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards Voila Vineyards 2013 $35 (100 cases) 2012 Estate Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Lake Jones of Washington 2011 Cabernet Franc, Washington, Cave B Estate Winery plaincellars.com Cabernet Sauvignon, Chelan, $25 (100 cases) Estate Vineyards Cabernet $24 (24 cases) 2014 Cave B Vineyards Wahluke Slope, hardrow.com Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, voilavineyards.com Unoaked Chardonnay, Jones of Washington $15 (6,000 cases) $15 (7,000 cases) 2012 Pybus Market Cabernet Ancient Lakes of Columbia Fortified jonesofwashington.com jonesofwashington.com Martin-Scott Winery 2013 Valley, $25 (360 cases) Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Ginkgo Forest Winery Needlerock Vineyard Cabernet caveb.com $17 (112 cases) Milbrandt Vineyards Commander’s Reserve Port, 2012 Estate Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, jonesofwashington.com 2012 The Estates Cabernet Washington, $45 (75 cases) Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $26 (48 cases) Ryan Patrick Vineyards fairelepont.com $20 (490 cases) martinscottwinery.com 2013 Bacchus Vineyard Ryan Patrick Vineyards $26 (3,000 cases) ginkgowinery.com Reserve Chardonnay, 2012 Reserve Cabernet milbrandtvineyards.com Malbec Rio Vista Wines 2013 Cabin Columbia Valley, Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, Malaga Springs Winery Cabernet Franc, Columbia $20 (930 cases) Errant Cellars 2013 Malbec, $40 (200 cases) Stemilt Creek Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Valley, $32 (150 cases) ryanpatrickvineyards.com Columbia Valley, ryanpatrickvineyards.com 2010 Thomas Clyde Washington, $20 (75 cases) riovistawines.com $22 (51 cases) Mathison A Day’s Work malagaspringswinery.com Rio Vista Wines 2014 errantcellars.com Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Jones of Washington 2012 Vin du Lac Winery 2011 Come Fly With Me Estate Errant Cellars 2013 Reiman Simmons House Columbia Valley, Lehmbecker Upland Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Malaga Springs Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Cabernet Sauvignon, $26 (320 cases) Cabernet Franc, Snipes Valley, $20 (125 cases) 2011 Evolution Malbec, Red Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope, stemiltcreekwinery.com Mountain, $45 (42 cases) riovistawines.com Mountain, $22 (100 cases) $22 (42 cases) $17 (112 cases) vindulac.com malagaspringswinery.com errantcellars.com jonesofwashington.com 80

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Lost River Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $26 lostriverwinery.com


Plain Cellars 2012 Malbec, Yakima Valley, $28 (100 cases) plaincellars.com

Silvara Vineyards 2012 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $32 (156 cases) silvarawine.com

Tunnel Hill Winery 2013 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $30 (126 cases) tunnelhillwinery.com

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $40 (100 cases) fairelepont.com

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Malbec, Lake Chelan, $30 (269 cases) tsillancellars.com

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2012 Burning Desire Estate Malbec, Lake Chelan, $45 (50 cases) hardrow.com

Merlot Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17 (6,000 cases) milbrandtvineyards.com Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2010 Merlot, Washington, $18 (1,200 cases) okanoganwine.com

Chelan Estate Winery 2012 Estate Vineyard Merlot, Lake Chelan, $25 (375 cases) chelanestatewinery.com

Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2011 Merlot, Lake Chelan, $32 bensonvineyards.com

Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2012 Nebbiolo, Lake Chelan, $45 bensonvineyards.com

Rio Vista Wines 2013 Estate Merlot, Columbia Valley, $28 (160 cases) riovistawines.com

Other Red Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Grenache, Yakima Valley, $35 (75 cases) fairelepont.com

Beaumont Cellars 2012 Petit Verdot, Wahluke Slope, $30 (70 cases) beaumontcellars.com

37 Cellars 2012 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $30 (50 cases) 37cellars.com

Snowgrass Winery 2013 Heart of the Hill Vineyard Rapscallion Mourvèdre, Red Mountain, $30 (24 cases) snowgrasswines.com

Chelan Estate Winery 2012 CE Vineyards Stillwater Creek Vineyard Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley, $40 (112 cases) chelanestatewinery.com

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Beaumont Cellars 2013 Zinfandel, Wahluke Slope, $29 (84 cases) beaumontcellars.com Malaga Springs Winery 2012 Reserve Zinfandel, Washington, $32 (50 cases) malagaspringswinery.com

Other White Icicle Ridge Winery 2014 Albariño, Columbia Valley, $42 (78 cases) icicleridgewinery.com Malaga Springs Winery 2014 Chenin Blanc, Washington, $15 (75 cases) malagaspringswinery.com Tsillan Cellars 2014 Estate Gewürztraminer, Lake Chelan, $14 (341 cases) tsillancellars.com

Pinot Gris Tsillan Cellars 2014 Estate Pinot Grigio, Lake Chelan, $18 (634 cases) tsillancellars.com Beaumont Cellars 2014 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley, $19 (135 cases) beaumontcellars.com

Pinot Noir Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Washington, $18 (1,500 cases) okanoganwine.com Chelan Estate Winery 2009 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan, $25 (308 cases) chelanestatewinery.com

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Icicle Ridge Winery 2014 The Blondes Gewürztraminer, Lake Chelan, $28 (150 cases) hardrow.com Columbia Valley, $35 (687 cases) Vin du Lac Winery 2011 icicleridgewinery.com Lehmbecker Michaela’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Martin-Scott Winery Lake Chelan, $45 (42 cases) 2014 Muscat Canelli, vindulac.com Columbia Valley, $9 (55 cases) Red Blend martinscottwinery.com Tunnel Hill Winery 2013 Silvara Vineyards Sacrilege, Lake Chelan, 2014 Moscato, Washington, $25 (45 cases) $24 (336 cases ) tunnelhillwinery.com silvarawine.com Ryan Patrick Vineyards Cave B Estate Winery 2012 2012 Rock Island Red, Cave B Vineyards Semillon, Wahluke Slope, Ancient Lakes of Columbia $20 (3,200 cases) Valley, $22 (103 cases) ryanpatrickvineyards.com caveb.com

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Plain Cellars 2012 GMS Just Plain Red, Columbia Valley, $28 (125 cases) plaincellars.com

Cairdeas Winery 2012 C2, Wahluke Slope, $39 (100 cases) cairdeaswinery.com

Rio Vista Wines 2012 Loony Red, Columbia Valley, $28 (150 cases) riovistawines.com

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Tre Amori, Washington, $43 (200 cases) fairelepont.com

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Bellissima Rossa, Cave B Estate Winery Horan Estates Winery Lake Chelan, $28 (378 cases) 2011 Cave B Vineyards Cuvee 2012 HVH, Columbia Valley, tsillancellars.com du Soleil, Ancient Lakes of $22 (125 cases) Columbia Valley, horanestateswinery.com Wedge Mountain Winery $50 (314 cases) Les Chevaux de la Montagne, caveb.com Brender Canyon Vineyard Wahluke Slope, 2012 29 Red Rows, $28 (96 cases) Milbrandt Vineyards 2011 Washington, wedgemountainwinery.com Northridge Vineyard The $22 (140 cases) Sentinel, Wahluke Slope, brendercanyonfarm.com Crayelle Cellars $55 (650 cases) 2013 Bishop’s Block, Ancient milbrandtvineyards.com Stemilt Creek Winery Lakes of Columbia Valley, 2010 Estate Boss Lady, $29 (66 cases) Icicle Ridge Winery 2012 Columbia Valley, crayellecellars.com Vintner’s Reserve Blend, $24 (374 cases) Washington, $65 (93 cases) stemiltcreekwinery.com Jones of Washington icicleridgewinery.com 2011 Barrel Select, Ancient Errant Cellars 2013 8/05 Riesling Lakes of Columbia Valley, Red, Columbia Valley, $30 (189 cases) Milbrandt Vineyards $24 (41 cases) jonesofwashington.com 2013 Evergreen Vineyard errantcellars.com The Estates Riesling, Ancient 37 Cellars 2010 Quartet, Lakes of Columbia Valley, Ginkgo Forest Winery Columbia Valley, $13 (8,000 cases) 2012 Estate Wildwood $30 (100 cases) milbrandtvineyards.com Blend, Wahluke Slope, 37cellars.com $24 (172 cases) Ginkgo Forest Winery ginkgowinery.com Chelan Estate Winery 2014 Estate Riesling, 2012 CE Vineyards Stillwater Wahluke Slope, Ginkgo Forest Winery Creek Vineyard Reserve Red, $15 (198 cases) 2013 Estate Mélange de la Columbia Valley, ginkgowinery.com Forêt, Wahluke Slope, $30 (144 cases) $24 (210 cases) chelanestatewinery.com Eagle Creek Winery 2012 ginkgowinery.com White Riesling, Columbia Plain Cellars 2012 Summer Valley, $19 (76 cases) Villa Monaco Winery Solstice Red, Columbia Valley, eaglecreekwinery.com 2012 Ruthie’s Reserve, $30 (125 cases) Washington, $24 (166 cases) plaincellars.com Cave B Estate Winery villamonacowinery.com 2014 Cave B Vineyards Cairdeas Winery Tri 3, Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Crayelle Cellars 2013 Columbia Valley, Columbia Valley, Gabriel’s Horn, Columbia $32 (200 cases) $22 (120 cases) Valley, $25 (94 cases) cairdeaswinery.com caveb.com crayellecellars.com Chateau Faire Le Pont Silvara Vineyards 2014 Lost River Winery 2011 Provence, Washington, Riesling, Yakima Valley, 2012 Cedarosa, $38 (175 cases) $24 (231 cases) Columbia Valley, $28 fairelepont.com silvarawine.com lostriverwinery.com

Martin-Scott Winery 2014 Appleblock Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12 (51 cases) martinscottwinery.com

Rosé Cairdeas Winery 2014 Saignée Rosé, Yakima Valley, $22 (105 cases) cairdeaswinery.com Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Traditions of Rosé, Columbia Valley, $13 (1,500 cases) milbrandtvineyards.com Rio Vista Wines 2014 Wild Rose Rosé, Columbia Valley, $24 (190 cases) riovistawines.com Cave B Estate Winery 2014 Cave B Vineyards Dry Rosé, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $19 (315 cases) caveb.com

Sangiovese Beaumont Cellars 2013 Sangiovese, Wahluke Slope, $28 (135 cases) beaumontcellars.com

Sauvignon Blanc Vin du Lac Winery 2013 Lehm Sauvignon Blanc, Lake Chelan, $23 (115 cases) vindulac.com Cave B Estate Winery 2014 Cave B Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $25 (210 cases) caveb.com

Sparkling Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2012 Good in Bed Sparkling Wine, Lake Chelan, $42 (125 cases) hardrow.com


Syrah Jones of Washington 2012 Estate Vineyards Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $17 (704 cases) jonesofwashington.com Esther Bricques Winery 2013 Syrah, Washington $25 (300 cases) estherbricques.com Beaumont Cellars 2013 Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $28 (86 cases) beaumontcellars.com Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Syrah, Lake Chelan, $28 (787 cases) tsillancellars.com Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cave B Vineyards Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $30 (268 cases) caveb.com Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Reserve Syrah, Lake Chelan, $32 (592 cases) tsillancellars.com Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Lake Chelan, $35 (150 cases) hardrow.com

Tempranillo Martin-Scott Winery 2012 Needlerock Vineyard Tess’s Tempranillo, Columbia Valley, $24 (102 cases) martinscottwinery.com

Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cave B Vineyards Tempranillo, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $33 (225 cases) caveb.com

Vermouth Legend Cellars Ladies First White Vermouth, Columbia Valley, $22 (55 cases) legendcellars.com

Viognier Martin-Scott Winery 2014 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $15 (82 cases) martinscottwinery.com Tsillan Cellars 2014 Estate Viognier, Lake Chelan, $18 (143 cases) tsillancellars.com

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Martin-Scott Winery 2013 Peddler’s White, Columbia Valley, $14 (65 cases) martinscottwinery.com Errant Cellars 2014 Patio White, Columbia Valley, $17 (84 cases) errantcellars.com Rio Vista Wines 2014 Wacky White, Columbia Valley, $20 (190 cases) riovistawines.com

Plain Cellars 2012 Tempranillo, Yakima Valley, $28 (75 cases) plaincellars.com

Cave B Estate Winery 2014 Cave B Vineyards Cuvee Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $25 (149 cases) caveb.com

Rio Vista Wines 2013 Tempranillo, Lake Chelan, $32 (150 cases) riovistawines.com

Tunnel Hill Winery Camino, Lake Chelan, $17 (188 cases) tunnelhillwinery.com

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Cabernet Franc 37 Cellars 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $37 (25 cases) 37cellars.com

Plain Cellars 2013 Chardonnay, Snipes Mountain, $26 (56 cases) plaincellars.com

Merlot

Cabernet Sauvignon

Stemilt Creek Winery 2010 Tom “TK” Mathison Caring Passion Estate Merlot, Wedge Mountain Winery Columbia Valley, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $17 (367 cases) Red Mountain, $35 (144 cases) stemiltcreekwinery.com wedgemountainwinery.com Stemilt Creek Winery Stemilt Creek Winery 2011 2011 Tom “TK” Mathison Thomas Clyde Mathison A Caring Passion Estate Merlot, Day’s Work Estate Cabernet Columbia Valley, Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $17 (500 cases) $26 (487 cases) stemiltcreekwinery.com stemiltcreekwinery.com Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake Chelan, $43 bensonvineyards.com

Chardonnay Horan Estates Winery 2012 Bottoms Up Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $20 (168 cases) horanestateswinery.com 84

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Errant Cellars 2013 Merlot, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $21 (54 cases) errantcellars.com

Other Red Viento Ridge 2009 Petit Verdot, Yakima Valley, $12 (189 cases) vientoridge.com

September / October 2015

37 Cellars 2011 Sagemoor Farms Dionysus Vineyard Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley, $37 (25 cases) 37cellars.com

Pinot Gris Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2010 Pinot Grigio, Washington, $12 (1,100 cases) okanoganwine.com Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Traditions Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $13 (6,000 cases) milbrandtvineyards.com

Red Blend Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cave B Vineyards Caveman Red, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $19 (668 cases) caveb.com

Errant Cellars 2013 Henry’s Red, Columbia Valley, $21 (61 cases) errantcellars.com Snowgrass Winery 2013 La Ferme Ta Guele, Red Mountain, $22 (24 cases) snowgrasswines.com Eagle Creek Winery Vintage Select Montage, Columbia Valley, $25 (92 cases) eaglecreekwinery.com Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Sinistra, Lake Chelan, $28 (418 cases) tsillancellars.com Snowgrass Winery 2012 Entiatqua Cabernet-Merlot, Red Mountain, $28 (24 cases) snowgrasswines.com Tunnel Hill Winery Setenta, Columbia Valley, $33 (134 cases) tunnelhillwinery.com

Kamari 2011 Reserve Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $36 (140 cases) winegirlwines.com Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2011 Meritage, Lake Chelan, $39 bensonvineyards.com

Riesling Beaumont Cellars 2014 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $17 (125 cases) beaumontcellars.com Plain Cellars 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $17 (55 cases) plaincellars.com

Rosé Malaga Springs Winery 2014 Blanc de Noir, Washington, $15 (75 cases) malagaspringswinery.com

Stemilt Creek Winery Marie Antoinette Sherwood Nettie Rosé, Columbia Valley, $12 (200 cases) stemiltcreekwinery.com Rio Vista Wines 2014 Sunset on the River, Columbia Valley, $20 (110 cases) riovistawines.com

Sangiovese Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2012 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley hardrow.com

Sauvignon Blanc Crayelle Cellars 2014 Neve’s Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $19 (81 cases) crayellecellars.com

Syrah Errant Cellars, 2013 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $22 (52 cases). errantcellars.com


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Viognier Horan Estates Winery 2013 Viognier, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $20 (100 cases) horanestateswinery.com

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air a fruity Grenache or a fullbodied Merlot with cinnamondusted chicken bathed in a rich tomato marinara. A tangy Pinot Gris or a lively Rosé makes great company for a prawn and pesto pizza. Butch Milbrandt has some tasty ideas of how to pair wines with creative, easyto-duplicate gourmet dishes perfect for a dinner party or just a romantic evening for two. Of course, Milbrandt recommends you choose wines from Milbrandt Vineyards to supplement the dishes he makes on his new winery website and Youtube video segments titled “Pair This.” Milbrandt is co-owner of one of the Columbia Basin’s largest vineyard spreads and bulk wine producers. The

STORY BY RICK STEIGMEYER PHOTOS BY FRANK CONE family-owned company grows about 2,800 acres of wine grapes in the Wahluke Slope area near Mattawa and the Ancient Lakes area near Quincy. The company produces wine for more than 30 other wineries besides its own Milbrandt Vineyards labels, one of the state’s fastest-growing wineries.

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The Milbrandts didn’t start marketing their own wines until 2008, but they’ve already earned dozens of awards and nearly 40 90-plus scores from international wine critics. Milbrandt Vineyards now distributes 60,000 cases of wine in 48 states and seven countries. But coming up with his own cooking show is more than just an attempt to sell more wine, Milbrandt will quickly tell you. Cooking has long been a passion for the energetic 70-year-old entrepreneur, who also counts motorcycling and aviation among his active hobbies. Before returning to the family farm to plant some of the first vineyards in the Mattawa area in the 1990s, Butch and his wife Lisa operated Final Touch kitchen stores in Moses Lake and Wenatchee. They would sell kitchen goods, deli dishes and put on cooking demonstrations. “It’s all come together full circle,” he said while rolling out pizza dough and topping it with pesto made from gardengrown basil, large prawns and thin slices of buffalo mozzarella cheese. Butch and Lisa had invited me to their Mattawaarea home to taste some of the recipes he loves to prepare. In addition to the pizza he cooked in their outside wood-fired oven and the fabulous cinnamon chicken pasta, he made a delicious strawberry and roasted beet green salad. Butch and director Stacy Bellew have put together about 15 cooking segments that are as entertaining to watch as any Food Network cooking show. Bellew is hopeful cable TV will be the next step. The shows take place in the Milbrandt’s kitchen or outdoor cooking area. Lisa offers table setting and decorating tips. Occasionally, she reminds Butch to take something out of the oven. But the kitchen is definitely his domain. Butch said the recipes were worked out through a lot of trial and error. “A lot of R&D,” he said, with a laugh. “For most people that means research and design. For us, it means ripoff and duplicate.” The lively videos offer step-by-step recipes and cooking secrets for dishes like lamb shanks braised in Syrah, grilled pork loin, vegetable ratatouille, grilled chicken with wine braised beets and several other delights. All are perfectly paired with Milbrandt wines. The wines themselves now have link information on their labels to find the appropriately paired recipes. The recipes and links to the videos can be found on the Milbrandt Vineyards website: milbrandtvineyards.com. F

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CASHMERE HAS GONE SCARE-CRAZY!

Bring the whole family to Cashmere during the month of October to visit the scarecrows – they’re fun, they’re creative and each one is unique. Scarecrows will be up during daylight hours.

Beginning October 1st, maps will be available at participating businesses, at the Chamber office (103 Cottage Avenue), or on-line at www.cashmerechamber.org. And don’t miss your chance to be entered for the Scare-Crazy Grand Prize Giveaway. Simply visit the businesses who have a “secret scarecrow number,” find the secret number displayed somewhere in the business, write that number in the corresponding space on the map, and turn in your map when you have filled all the spaces.

Scare~Crazy in Cashmere . . . the place to visit during the month of October!!

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