Ultimate Red Wine for a Party: Unlitro

Posted on: November 28th, 2015 by
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What wine should you bring to a party? An age-old dilemma. Here is my latest crush: 2014 Ampeleia “Unlitro” You’ve probably already figured out that it’s a big 1-liter bottle. (File under “D” for “DUH”.) So Unlitro is already the #partystarter. What’s on the inside is a light (12.5% alcohol), fresh, fun red wine. A [More]

17 Things I’ll Miss About Seattle

Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by
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Have you heard? I’m moving to New York tomorrow. I’m going to be Senior Editor at Wine Enthusiast, starting Monday. (No rest for the weary!) Really excited to bring my energy and enthusiasm to this role; it’s an awesome opportunity. Naturally as I’ve packed up my life here waves of nostalgia have overtaken me. I’ve [More]

Villa Bellangelo: A Day at a Finger Lakes Winery

Posted on: November 6th, 2015 by
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My first visit to the Finger Lakes was a memorable one. I was a media guest stationed at “Harvest House”: an awesome huge spot on Seneca Lake with intriguing and original features. (Cue the taxidermy.) I was beyond impressed with the people and the wines. The day I spent at Villa Bellangelo was particularly emblematic of [More]

The State of Malbec in Argentina With José Lovaglio of Dominio del Plata: Podcast

Posted on: October 29th, 2015 by
José Lovaglio Dominio del Plata

I happily braved an unusually intense Seattle downpour to chat with Winemaker José Lovaglio of Dominio del Plata. He’s the latest guest on my Wine Without Worry podcast. [SUBSCRIBE] I was curious about what was happening in Argentina concerning Malbec. These wines came on the scene with an unbeatable one-two punch of flavor and value. And had [More]

Getting to Know Nocera: A Visit to Sicily’s Capo Milazzo

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by
capo milazzo beach sicily

One of the delights of Sicily, and Italy in general, is the sheer amount of unfamiliar wine grapes you come across. This was no exception while on a media trip with Palm Bay International to visit all six of Planeta‘s properties on the island. My first full day introduced me to the Nocera (No-CHAIR-a) grape, [More]

Eating and Drinking in New York City: Corkbuzz and Fung Tu

Posted on: October 20th, 2015 by
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Hey there. I was in New York City and had two notable eating and drinking experiences. (Well, eating and eating and drinking.) The first was at Corkbuzz Chelsea Market. It’s a nice stop for happy hour amidst the teeming market throngs pre- or post-High Line. Which is a must-do in New York. (Here are some [More]

How to Pair Wine With Figs and Cheese

Posted on: October 10th, 2015 by
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I was sent a powerhouse of a care package courtesy of Valley Fig Growers. Four fig spreads paired with four cheeses plus a lovely piece of slate to show off all this goodness on? Damn! Thank you. Naturally, as I began to unpack and snack, my thoughts turned to wine. I broke out a few [More]

Tin Barn Vineyards Syrah Vertical: The Power of Decanting

Posted on: October 7th, 2015 by
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I was sent four bottles of Tin Barn Vineyards Syrah, specifically from the Coryelle Fields Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast, for my sampling pleasure. As it was an unreasonably (yes, I meant to say that…also, unseasonably) warm summer in Seattle, I waited until there was a bit of a chill in the air that would permit me [More]