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    Washington wine community mourns, remembers Eric Dunham

    Eric Dunham of Dunham Cellars is remembered by the Washington wine community as a talented winemaker, a gregarious personality and friend to all. (Photo courtesy of Dunham Cellars) WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Most of the Washington wine industry stood still in shock and sadness Friday upon hearing the news that one of its most creative and cherished winemakers died.

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    Wine of the Week: Skylite Cellars 2009 Syrah @skylitecellars

    You had me at first sip... Sometimes I forget to take advantage of living in wine country. Life and responsibility take center stage. Then I remember how close I live to the wealth of Washington wine country. Minutes and not many miles from home, I have access to some of the best wines made in the world. It's all right here in Southeastern Washington.

    8 readers - By William Pollard/ Wild 4 Washington Wine

      October outlook warm, dry for Northwest wine industry

      Great Northwest Wine - - 6 readers - Trium Wines in Talent, Ore., picks Cabernet Sauvignon from Pheasant Hill Vineyard on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (Photo by Marilyn Hawkins/Hawkins and Company PR) The weather outlook for the first 10 days of October bodes well for the Pacific Northwest wine industry as many vineyards enter the home stretch of harvest and winemakers focus more of their attention on fermentations rather than crush.

      Proper 2012 Estate Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

      Toledo Wines and Vines - - 5 readers - When family drops in, it’s always a good time to open a special bottle. It’s even better when they bring the bottle. My cousin Christie stopped by earlier this week on her way back home to Chicago. For dinner Green Dragon cooked a sensational meal of butternut squash soup followed by linguini in clam sauce. We accompanied the meal with Pinot Gris from Yakima Valley.

      Making a case for great Northwest Merlot

      Great Northwest Wine - - 5 readers - Workers harvest wine grapes on the western Wahluke Slope in Washington’s Columbia Valley. The Wahluke is well known for growing beautiful and complex Merlot grapes. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) Thanks in no small part to the movie Sideways, Merlot is often looked down upon by wine lovers.

      Winners from inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition

      Great Northwest Wine - - 6 readers - The Phelps Creek Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir was the top wine in the inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – A Pinot Noir crafted from Columbia Gorge grapes earned top honors at the inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition. Phelps Creek Vineyards‘ 2012 Pinot Noir earned the nod for best of show out of 95 wines from 20 wineries.

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      … since I was 10. Eric Dunham’s path to winemaking Dunham Cellars is in an old World War II airplane hanger at the Walla Walla Regional Airport. (Photo via Flickr/click for credit) After serving in the U.S. Navy, Dunham took up winemaking as a hobby, making his first barrel in 1993. The next year, he worked for Hogue Cellars for seven months…

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      … Gris from Yakima Valley. We stayed with the Washington State wine theme after dinner. As we chatted and enjoyed music, we opened up a bottle from Christie: Proper Wines 2012 Estate Syrah from the wine Mecca of Walla Walla. Syrah from Washington is one of my top recommendations to any wine lover. You might notice in the photo that the bottle…

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