Loving The Champagne Flute Means Staying Resolute

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by
champagne flute le pichet

Once again, the Champagne flute comes under attack. As the (self-appointed) defender of this much-maligned vessel for the finest of wines–those of the sparkling variety–I am compelled to retort. The latest salvo can be found on a site where I had the pleasure of making numerous contributions: Grape Collective. Specifically a column by David White, [More]

Wine And Mother’s Day: A Conversation With My Mom

Posted on: May 3rd, 2015 by
joseph phelps napa

Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of this upcoming holiday and to celebrate mothers all over the world, I invited my Mom to be a guest on the podcast. Have a listen: So what will you encounter this episode? Excellent question. Among other things: Two wines that begin with “M” that my Mom was most familiar with as [More]

Weekend Wine Links: Pairing With Weed Plus a Contrarian View on Somms and Champagne

Posted on: May 1st, 2015 by
marijuana

After a week of soul-crushing commuting, particularly Thursday’s debacle coming back from Bellevue to Seattle on the 520 floating bridge, I am especially ready to relax and fire up…some weekend wine links! First up: Finally, someone pairs wine with weed. And wines that I am fond of! I, however, have no feelings for the strains [More]

The Story of How I Got Into Wine Revealed on Happy Hour Radio

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by
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People always ask me, “How did you get into wine?” Well, actually, they don’t that much. But Christopher Chan did. He’s a sommelier who has ventured into the world of broadcast radio and invited me to be on his show, Happy Hour Radio. One of the tales I tell is buying lots of Meridian Chardonnay, [More]

Weekend Wine Links: Wild Boars, Flat Tires, and Travel Tips

Posted on: April 24th, 2015 by
la clarine farm petit manseng

Pull up a chair, pour yourself a glass, and get cozy with these Weekend Wine Links. Let’s find out what I’ve been sampling online in the world of wine. How about a quick wine review before getting started? That ok? La Clarine Farm is a cool winery out of California doing familiar and oddball (in the best way) [More]

Underwood Mountain: A Tale of Two Washington Grüner Veltliners

Posted on: April 20th, 2015 by
jameson fink decanting wine

Visiting wineries in Woodinville, Washington (about a half hour NE of Seattle) is like a opening bag of potato chips: You just can’t stop at one. I had planned on swinging by W.T. Vintners to check out their new releases and while I was killing time waiting for a friend, why not pop into Savage Grace? Their [More]

Weekend Wine Links: The SAVEUR Blog Awards Edition

Posted on: April 17th, 2015 by
jameson fink verona bikes

Inspired by my friend Elaine from Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, this edition of Weekend Wine Links will take a look at the SAVEUR Blog Awards. Specifically (and not surprisingly…) the finalists for Best Wine Content. What have they been up to lately? Let’s find out: Alice Feiring of The Feiring Line, writing on the excellent site [More]

Label Lust: Donnafugata Anthìlia

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by
Donnafugata Anthilia

There is a real synergy between the label for the Donnafugata Anthìlia, a white wine from Sicily (sent to me as a sample), and what’s inside the bottle. Lush golden hair and a certain type of satisfaction in repose serve as an apt harbinger. Neither the artwork, nor the Anthìlia, are frilly or gilded. It’s a [More]