Le Brun Cidre from Brittany: Cider Love

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 by
Le Brun Brut Cidre

Let’s talk about cider. It’s hot: the weather and the beverage. What could be more perfect than fermented apple juice? I was recently sent a couple sample bottles that are perfect for summer love. Or lurv. Whatever. What makes them so seasonally delightful besides their obvious refreshing ways? Well, how about their low alcohol content? [More]

2014 La Bastide Blanche: A Plaque in the Rosé Hall of Fame

Posted on: July 1st, 2015 by
La Bastide Blanch Bandol Rosé

What, you haven’t toured the hallowed, be-pinked grounds of the Rosé Hall of Fame? And the spectacle contained within? Ok, me neither. Because it doesn’t exist. Except…IN MY MIND. I love rosé so much. It’s a year-roundable wine; drink it in the winter. But, naturally, when things heat up, rosé coverage blows up. And I am [More]

Tinder, Oak, and Chardonnay

Posted on: June 24th, 2015 by
Tinder Match

When it comes to California Chardonnay, you can go in many different directions. From lean to opulent, there is a wide spectrum of styles. And Jordan Winery, encompassing 1,200 gorgeous acres of Alexander Valley, really tickled my fancy with how their Chardonnay flag flies. The 2013 Jordan Chardonnay I’ve been enjoying Chardonnay from Jordan for the last [More]

Washington Wine Tasting Notes from the U.S. Open

Posted on: June 21st, 2015 by
washington wine us open

Did y’all check out my preview of the Washington wine I’d be enjoying during the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay? Well it was no idle chit-chat, I actually went and spent a fair bit of time in the tent, trying a handful of wines and a cider. (Thanks to the Washington Wine Commission, who gave me [More]

I Won’t Be Golfing But I Will Be Drinking Washington Wine at the U.S. Open

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by
cayuse vineyard rocks district

Can you believe I’ll be at the U.S. Open this weekend? One of golf’s biggest events is being held at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. (Not too far from Tacoma.) And since I haven’t hidden a secret life as a professional golfer from you, what am I doing there? Caddying? No. Drinking wine? YES! Huh? [More]

I Have Feelings About Carmenère, Chile’s Signature Red Wine Grape

Posted on: June 12th, 2015 by
eastern box turtle

What’s a wine turtle? Well, one approached me to share my feelings on Carmenère and I didn’t really think to ask any questions before saying “Yes.” That’s how strongly I feel about sharing my wine knowledge; I leap at the opportunity to educate with no regard for what consequences may arise. OK, I jest. Wine Turtle is [More]

Yalumba and Viognier: Food and Wine Pairing with Jane Ferrari

Posted on: June 10th, 2015 by
jane ferrari yalumba

If you want a lively, memorable, and fascinating lesson about Australian wine, there’s no one I’d rather listen to than Jane Ferrari of Australia’s Yalumba. She’s a winemaker, communicator, and storyteller. I had the chance to sit down to dinner (the winery’s treat, BTW) with her on a bustling Friday night at Seattle’s Wild Ginger [More]

The Best Red Wine I’ve Had in Years

Posted on: June 8th, 2015 by
raffault chinon 2007

There’s a lot of white and rosé (both still and sparkling) wine talk around here, but oh my did I just drink one of the best red wines I’ve had in years. A kind of “WOW WOW WOW” wine that had me blathering on, “I can’t believe how good it is!” Olga Raffault Chinon Les [More]