Monthly Archives: March 2006

Okanogan Valley Winery Produces a Nice Pinot Grigio

The Okanogan Valley extends from Eastern British Columbia into North Central Washington. Although there are dozens of wineries on the Canadian side of the Valley, there is only one that I’m aware of on the US side – Gold Digger Cellars, located just minutes from the border in Oroville, Washington. Gold Digger has recently released […]

Red Table Wine

Canoe Ridge 2001 (about $15): This is no ordinary table wine. It was a little austere when I first tried it, but I revisited it the next day and it really opened up nicely. Beautiful nose of fresh berries and loads of raspberry and red cherry flavors. This blend of Columbia Valley Cabernet and Merlot […]


OS Winery 2005 (about $21): From red wine gurus Owen Sullivan comes this tasty white wine from Champoux Vineyards in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills. Lots of lush pear and citrus flavors with a lengthy, creamy finish. With only about 3% residual sugar on finish, this wine is unlike many other overpoweringly syrupy-sweet Rieslings. At 9% […]

Reininger Winery’s Helix is a Great Second Label

I’ve always wanted to do a feature on Walla Walla’s Reininger Winery, but never seemed to have gotten around to it. The sticking point I’ve frequently had with these wines is that they’re almost all $30 a bottle or more. Make no mistake, these are great wines, but at that price most of us can’t […]

The Latest on the 2005 Harvest

The more I chat with Washington winemakers, the better things sound for the 2005 harvest. Initial reactions during the harvest were guardedly optimistic. Then as the calendar year came to a close, word began to circulate that it was going to be a banner year. Now that the grapes have had a bit more time […]