Top Ten White Wines of the 2014 Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival

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    Maryhill Winery 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $16

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      Top 10 Red Wines Under $20 - Fall 2014 Edition

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      Le Paradou Viognier 2013

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