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By MICHAEL DRESSER | May 24, 2006
This elegant white wine, a collaboration of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Germany's Dr. Loosen winery, shows the enormous potential of Washington state riesling. It's a powerful wine -- mostly dry but with enough residual sugar to ward off severity -- with a great deal of the elegance found in a top-notch Rhine. It displays a complex blend of pear, mineral, cherry, sweet pea and citrus flavors and finishes with a hint of spritz. Serve with roast turkey and spicy Asian dishes.
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November 25, 2013
2012 Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer From: Columbia Valley, Washington Price: $10 Serve with: Roast turkey, Southeast Asian cuisine Last week, I recommended a red that would go well with the Thanksgiving feast. Here's a white for last-minute shoppers, and it's much more readily available. This is a well-balanced, full-bodied, spicy gewurztraminer with good acidity to offset the modest amount of residual sugar. It offers flavors of honey, peach, apple, line and tropical fruit and has the heft it takes to stand up to the wide variety of flavors on the turkey table.
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By Michael Dresser | March 2, 1997
1995 Hedges Cabernet-Merlot, Columbia Valley ($11.29).This red-wine blend, from an excellent Washington state winery, offers firm structure and ripe, voluptuous black currant and black cherry fruit. It's a full-bodied, forward wine in the Mae West style. There's also enough backbone here to let this wine age for a good five years.Pub date: 3/2/97
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October 18, 2013
From: Columbia Valley, Washington Price: $11 Serve with: Salmon, ham, poultry It's great to be in a position to heartily recommend a wine that is so readily available. Despite being made in huge quantities, St. Michelle's basic chardonnay shows artisanal-level quality. It's a vibrant white wine that seems just a touch off-dry, but its generous acidity keeps it well within balance. There's ample green apple and citrus character and a very subtle kiss of oak. This is an exceptional example of skillful blending, and it can be served with a wide variety of foods.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | May 3, 2006
Out of a sextet of white wines from this reliable Washington state producer, this was the best value. It's a full-bodied, dry wine with an appealing, creamy texture. It offers a complex-for-its-price blend of lemon, apple, spice and mineral flavors. All in all, it's a worthy New World echo of Alsace pinot gris. Serve with salmon.
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By Michael Dresser | August 16, 1992
These are some of the top Washington state wines tasted during and after a recent visit. Each wine is marked either * for wide availability in Maryland; ** for limited availability here; or *** for a wine that is impossible to find in the state. Some wines marked *** might be available in limited quantities in the District of Columbia. Within each wine type, wines are listed in order of preference.Where the appellation is Washington state, that has been omitted.REDSCabernet Sauvignon: 1987 and 1988 Quilceda Creek***; 198Woodward Canyon, Columbia Valley**; 1988 Columbia Winery, David Lake, Red Willow Vineyard**; 1989 Facelli, Limited Bottling***; 1988 Gordon Brothers***; 1988 Columbia Winery, David Lake, Otis Vineyard**; 1989 Andrew Will***; 1987 Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Valley, Cold Creek Vineyard**; 1987 Paul Thomas Reserve**; 1989 Columbia Winery*; 1988 Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Valley*.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | March 16, 1997
1995 Hedges Fume-Chardonnay, Columbia Valley ($9.49).Columbia Valley, in Washington state, is earning a reputation for skillful blending and sound value. This crisp, dry white wine displays both. Its smoky, herbal flavors from sauvignon blanc grapes intertwine neatly with the apple nuances and fuller body of the chardonnay. Together, they form a stylish, medium-bodied wine that could be matched with a variety of seafood dishes.Pub date: 3/16/97
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By Michael Dresser | September 1, 2004
2003 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley ($17). This intensely flavorful riesling from Washington state is just a little off-dry and displays a broad array of flavors: minerals, strawberry, citrus fruit, melon, honey and sweet peas. That's a lot going on in one glass. This would be an excellent pairing with spicy Asian dishes.
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By Michael Dresser | January 17, 1996
1994 Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay, Barrel Fermented, Columbia Valley ($12)This Washington state winery produces this crisp, TC medium-weight chardonnay in massive quantities, but the wine still retains an artisanal authenticity. It's exquisitely balanced, with fine toastiness, rich yeast flavors and surprising complexity. It's a wine to look out for, especially on restaurant wine lists.@
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By [Michael Dresser] | April 16, 2008
2006 Columbia Crest `Two Vines' Sauvignon Blanc From: Columbia Valley, Wash. Price: $8 Serve with: Seafood, creole cuisine This is simply an excellent value in a dry white wine. What jumps out of the glass is a powerful impression of figs, followed by nuances of apples, peaches, mulling spices and fresh herbs. It's not tremendously complex, but it's a smooth, satisfying wine without the rough edges sauvignon blanc occasionally shows.
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September 20, 2013
From: Columbia Valley, Wash. Price: $11 Serve with: Grilled hamburgers, steak; pasta This medium- to full-bodied red wine from Washington State punches above its price in terms of quality. It delivers intense, penetrating flavors of black cherry. It's not particularly complex but it's pure cabernet character with great appeal for drinking right now. It's one more example of the increasing quality of Washington cabernets as winemakers learn how to tame harsh tannins. -- Michael Dresser
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2012
This wonderfully made red blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah and other varieties is immensely appealing in a purely sensual way. It's not a wine for contemplation but sheer enjoyment with its medium-full body and lush fruit. It offers a rich variety of flavors including black cherry, raspberry, herbs and winter mulling spices. It gives the impression of sweetness without actually being sweet — a wonderful characteristic in a wine. From: Columbia Valley, Washington Price: $15 Serve with: Hearty stew, red meat
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2011
If you're looking for a bargain, check back another week, If you're looking for a superb dessert treat to follow the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, this decadently wonderful wine justifies its price tag. It's patterned on the rare and wonderful beerenauslese dessert wines of Germany, and if it's any consolation, it's cheap by comparison. This nectar is packed with flavors of honey, winter spices, apricots, pear, apple and pineapple — then followed with penetrating acidity that keeps the fun going.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2011
This is hardly the greatest sparking wine on the market. But there's a good case to be made that this is the best widely distributed, reasonably dry bubbly in this price range. It's not as dry as most brut Champagnes, nor is it as complex, but it's a well-made, toasty, crackling wine that doesn't insult the palate — as cheap sparklers often do. It competes well with many of its counterparts in the neighborhood of $20. You could call it frugality with some class. From: Columbia Valley, Wash.
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By Michael Dresser | January 6, 2010
From: Columbia Valley, Wash. Price: $15 Serve with: Red meat, pasta Here's a delicious, affordable red blend made in Washington state from the cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah grapes. It's one of those wines that is dry but gives the impression of sweetness with its lively black cherry, wild berry, blueberry and chocolate flavors. Well-balanced and intense, it's ready to drink now but could keep a few years. Recipe search   Search over 3,000 recipes in our archive Keywords:    Or choose a date:    Choose ... All to April '02 Feb. 3, 2010 Jan. 27, 2010 Jan. 20, 2010 Jan. 13, 2010 Jan. 6, 2010 Dec. 30, 2009 Dec. 23, 2009 Dec. 16, 2009 Dec. 9, 2009 Dec. 2, 2009 Nov. 25, 2009 Nov. 18, 2009 Nov. 11, 2009 Nov. 4, 2009 Oct. 28, 2009 Oct. 21, 2009 Oct. 14, 2009 Oct. 7, 2009 Sept.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,hanah.cho@baltsun.com | January 21, 2009
Retailer Filene's Basement, known for its discounted brand names and annual bridal gown sale, is preparing to close three stores in Columbia, Hunt Valley and Towson, leaving the Inner Harbor location as its only spot in the Baltimore region. The three Baltimore-area stores are among 11 locations nationwide that are expected to be shut down by the end of next month unless the retailer is able to negotiate lower rents with their respective landlords, Filene's general counsel, Julie Davis, said in a brief interview yesterday.
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