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Northwest Wine: Northwest rosés ideal for Thanksgiving

One of our favorite food-pairing wines is rosé because of the flavors that burst with notes of strawberry, cherry, cranberry and spice, backed by bright acidity. They combine to bring out the flavors of roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, gravy and other goodies on the holiday table. Fortunately, the Pacific Northwest is rosé country, with dozens of great examples of pink wine.

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Great Northwest Wine: Merlot remains straight up delicious

It’s been 13 years since the movie Sideways told filmgoers to not drink Merlot. It’s time to get over it. Merlot, especially in the Pacific Northwest, is delicious, one of the best and most prolific red wines we make. The numbers bear out the fact that Washington grape growers and winemakers didn’t pay much attention to Sideways. In 2003, the year before Sideways, Washington winemakers crushed 20,900 tons of Merlot. While production certainly leveled off for a few years, it has steadily grown for the past half-decade. Last fall, Washington crushed 34,600 tons of Merlot.

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