The Birth of Saké: A Preview of a Documentary About Harmony

Posted on: May 21st, 2015 by
The Birth Of Saké

I had the chance to preview a documentary, The Birth of Saké, that will be screening at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 27th and 28th. It’s a film about harmony, when it comes to the making and makers of saké. You’ll learn a lot concerning the rigors of making saké traditionally, by hand, and [More]

Kevin White Winery: The Art of Balance in Wine and Life

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by
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How do you fit in the job of winemaker with a full-time day gig and a family as well? I spent some time with Kevin White at his eponymous Kevin White Winery in Woodinville, WA to find out. Kevin White on the Wine Without Worry Podcast Topics discussed: His focus on Syrah and Rhône bleds [More]

Instagram and Wine: 15 Accounts to Explore

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by
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I think I love Instragram more than anything (social media-wise), so I was tickled to be included among the “15 Best Instagram Wine Accounts” by the Italian winery, Cecchi. And what a delight to see a few folks on the list I’ve come across in real life. Like Nannette Eaton aka Wine Harlots. We met while [More]

Loving The Champagne Flute Means Staying Resolute

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by
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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
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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

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
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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]