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  • KEN ROBERTSON

    Platinum XIX: Fine wines from an array of varietals

    This fall marked the 18th time I’ve participated as a judge or a panel moderator for Wine Press Northwest magazine’s annual “best of the best” judging of Northwest wines that have won gold medals or better during the year.

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    Cabernet Sauvignon: A red for all reasons

    Mention Cabernet Sauvignon to most wine lovers, and likely, one of the first things many will think of is that high quality means high prices. Although there’s some truth to that, there still are some real bargains out there in the world of Northwest Cabernet Sauvignon.

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    Rhône whites too little known in Northwest

    Ask most Northwest wine consumers to name the white wine varietals that come from France’s Rhone region, and it’s a little like asking someone to name the Seven Dwarfs. After the first few — “Ummm, Viognier, Roussanne, … Marsanne, ….” And chances ...

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    Chardonnay truly a grape for all seasons

    This Spring issue of Wine Press Northwest marks the 20th anniversary of one of the Northwest’s longest-lived wine publications. That first issue featured a tasting of 45 examples of Washington’s most popular red wine in 1998, Merlot.

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    Sauvignon Blanc a surprising star at Platinums

    For the past 18 years, Wine Press Northwest has conducted its annual Platinum judging of the “best of the best” by bringin together many of the Northwest’s gold-medal winners of the year for a competition that showcases the region’s best wines.

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    Grapes of Italy get little respect

    The Romans may be due the credit for spreading the gospel of the grape throughout the known world — or at least throughout their empire and beyond — but the more than 2,000 individual varieties of grapes grown in Italy get little notice in the Pacific Northwest.

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    You’ve come a long way, Rosé

    I fell in love with dry rosé wine back in 1975 during a visit to Concannon Winery in the Livermore Valley during an impromptu tour with my brother, who lived in nearby Dublin, Calif., at the time.

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    Malbec: A wine elevated by the Northwest

    Drop back a decade in the history of Northwest wine, and you’ll be hard pressed to find Malbec among our young region’s top wines. For Wine Press Northwest’s 2009 Platinum Judging, only two shouldered their way into the top tier of award winners, out of 85 wines that won Double...

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    Northwest Rieslings offer something for every table

    Washington first made a name for itself back in the early 1970s by producing brilliant Riesling wine that made the rest of the world turn its eyes to our then fledgling wine industry.

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    First grapes picked can go into last wines sold

    The normal rhythm of the fall grape harvest at most wineries is to pick white wine grapes first, then the later-maturing reds and last of all the grapes for late harvest and ice wines.

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