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Winter Weather Advisory issued December 06 at 2:47AM PST until December 06 at 7:00AM PST by NWS

...HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OVER PORTIONS OF THE COLUMBIA BASIN THROUGH THIS MORNING WITH LIGHT TO MODERATE ACCUMULATIONS FOR WENATCHEE...MOSES LAKE AREAS...THE PALOUSE AND GARFIELD COUNTY. .A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL SPREAD SNOW ACROSS PARTS OF EASTERN WASHINGTON BEGINNING TONIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF TUESDAY MORNING.

Overnight

Lo23° Scattered Snow Showers

Tuesday

Hi30° Scattered Snow Showers then Mostly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo16° Partly Cloudy

Wednesday

Hi25° Mostly Sunny

Wednesday Night

Lo15° Mostly Cloudy then Chance Snow

Thursday

Hi23° Heavy Snow

Thursday Night

Lo23° Heavy Snow then Snow Likely

Friday

Hi32° Chance Snow

Friday Night

Lo27° Chance Snow

Saturday

Hi35° Slight Chance Snow

Comfort Food and a Very Nice Wine

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Don't get me wrong! I love our NCW wines...and other wines from our great state... but on occasion I do drink wines from other areas, states and countries. And tonight was one of those times.

In late winter, while visiting friends in California, we attended a very fun event: P.S. I love you. Held in Alameda, CA, it was a celebration of Petite Sirah, a wonderful, full-bodied, versatile red wine growing in popularity as people realize how good it is.

Tonight I wanted a simple comfort-food dinner: meatloaf, baked potato with sour cream and chives, steamed fresh green beans with our secret seasoning, greens salad with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil. This need a full-bodied red wine - did I mention ketchup for the meatloaf? - which would be full of flavor, holding up to all those flavors, acids and vegetables. For this we both chose the Thomas Coyne 2006 Petite Sirah.

Thomas Coyne is a winery in Livermore, CA, in an area of smaller wineries known for their quality wines, entertaining events and beautiful location. Other wines produced by Coyne are Merlot, Mourvédre, Syrah, Grenache, a Rhone blend called "Quest ™", and a Bordeaux blend called "Confluence ™", as well as a small amount of Pinot Blanc and Viognier. A very special occasion is the "Bottle your own" event. As I am particularly fond of Southern Rhone blends, their wines have a special appeal.

Here in NCW we are finding more wines blended from grapes of the Southern Rhone, and which complement many varied dishes. More about these will be coming up soon. Meanwhile, shop locally - yes - but don't hesitate to try the occasional out-of-area wine, for we want wine lovers from other areas to reciprocate, and to learn about our great wines.

So, back to Thomas Coyne and the other wineries of the Livermore Valley in California. When? In the not-too-distant future, I hope. Meanwhile, a visit to Gingko Forest, or Baroness, CR Sandidge, Karma, or one of our other local wineries might just be in order.