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Wine of the Week: Bombing Range Red 2010 Horse Heavens Hills

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Serious New Look - Same Great Value.

I'm a fan of McKinley Springs wines. As I've expressed before, this small, family-owned and operated estate winery, produces wines true to the varietal. They taste like you expect, compliment your meals and are reasonably priced. The Bombing Range Red is a red wine blend which I first enjoyed a couple of years ago. Checking my blog I've reviewed or mentioned McKinley Springs nine times. Look for their wines.

The Bombing Range Red label was introduced in 2005. The original label had a colorful graphic novel look which was easy to spot on the shelf. A casual wine with a playful look. However, I've learned from other wineries and their recent label changes, that our fond and friendly, playful looking designs, are not taken seriously outside of Washington state. If you want to sell more wine, sometimes you have to reconsider the look of the label.

McKinley Springs Bombing Range Red has a new look. With the 2010 vintage, the label has an…

Revelry on Red Mountain 24-25 May 2014

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Experience the wonder of Washington wines on Red Mountain.


Red Mountain is a gem of an AVA. Blessed with wonderful sun exposure, perfect soil for growing some of the best wine grapes in the world and a magnet for attracting talented winemakers. This translates to wines of great depth and character. Take this opportunity to learn and experience Red Mountain. You are being called to Revelry on Red Mountain.

The annual Revelry on Red Mountain is hosted at Col Solare Winery. Prepare to be dazzled by the fabulous Washington wine, food and stunning views. Tickets are on sale now.



A spectacular sunset, panoramic views of the valley below, savory delights and the warmth of eastern Washington will raise your spirit and please your palate.


Last year marked the fourth Revelry on Red Mountain I attended. Not only were some of the best Washington wines poured on Saturday, but Sunday included a new addition to this weekend, a Red Mountain vineyard tour and lunch.

Walking Vineyard Tour

The walking vi…

WineChat Tasting 2010 Lenné Pinot Noir, Oregon,Yamhill-Carlton District @lennewine

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Is there a difference between good wine and great wine? There is, there is. Compare a great wine besides a good wine and the good wine may be bitter ashes in your mouth. The 2010 Lenné  Estate Pinot Noir is a great wine my friends. Seek this wine out and savor the beauty of great Oregon wine.
"It was almost 5 years before we knew we'd make great Pinots." - Stephen Lutz 
The Wednesday, 09 April 2014 #Winechat twitter wine tasting featured the 2010 Lenné  Estate Pinot Noir. Stephen Lutz, Owner of Lenné tweeted from Oregon as a group of us from the East and West coasts opened and savored his 2010 Estate Pinot Noir. There were smiles in the twitterverse from coast to coast.


My first experience meeting Steve Lutz and sampling his Oregon wines was in 2012 at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland, Oregon. I was impressed then by the great depth and character of his Pinot Noir. Truly some of the biggest and most complex Pinot Noir I have enjoyed. I knew I was in for a treat w…

Rock Legends Take the Stage - Maryhill’s 2014 Summer Concert Series

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Styx and Foreigner, Peter Frampton and Buddy Guy, plus Ian Anderson performing the Best of Jethro Tull summer 2014 at Maryhill Winery!


Goldendale, Wash. (April 7, 2013) – Maryhill Winery & Amphitheater is pleased to announce a chart-topping lineup for the 2014 summer concert series, featuring some of the best-selling artists from the 70s and 80s. With dates set for August and September, three groups are set to take the stage at Maryhill Winery’s picturesque amphitheater:

Ballad legends Styx and Foreigner, recent Hall of Fame inductees Peter Frampton and Buddy Guy, and iconic rocker Ian Anderson performing the Best of Jethro Tull.

Tickets go on sale to the public through Maryhill’s website or Ticketfly (1-877-435-9849) on Friday, April 11 at 10 a.m., with prices ranging from $49 to $150. 



Located along the Washington border of the Columbia River Gorge, just 100 miles east of Portland, Ore., Maryhill Winery is lauded as one of the top destination wineries and most scenic music ve…