Yearly Archives: 2014

Woodinville Wineries: Meet The People Behind The Labels

Not too long ago I spend some time touring Woodinville wineries as a guest of the Washington Wine Commission. My days there culminated with attending the Auction of Washington Wines, an event that raised over 1.8 millions dollars (!) to support uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and fund viticulture and enology research at WSU. But [...]

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Five Picks For a Top Wine Tasting at Vino Verite

The owners of Vino Verite, a wine shop in my Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle have taken a page out of my wish book: they handed over the controls for their Thursday wine tasting (that’s 9/25 from 5-8pm) to me. If you can’t make it, these are all wines I highly recommend. (Check WineSearcher for average [...]

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Northern Rhone Syrah: A Conversation With Guy Sarton du Jonchay of Vidal-Fleury

  Let’s talk about Syrah, particularly that from France’s Northern Rhone. The steep slopes of this region produce some of the most legendary wines of the world. (The white wines are swoon-worthy, too.) So when I got the chance to sit down for a chat and to sample wines with Guy Sarton du Jonchay, Managing Director [...]

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Discover The Wines of France’s Bergerac Region

France. When you think about its wine regions that start with “B”, surely Burgundy and Bordeaux first come to mind. But let’s talk about a lesser-known place that deserves your attention: Bergerac. So where is Bergerac? It’s just east of Bordeaux. Here’s a (wine) map of Southwestern France, courtesy of Wine Folly: Original Source: The [...]

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Horse Heaven Hills Vineyards Tour

How about we get to know the vineyards of the Horse Heaven Hills in Washington State? I recently returned from a media trip out there. The name of the wine region may not be familiar to you, but there’s lots of history and historic vineyards. You’ve probably poured some of it into your wine glass [...]

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Pizzeria Gabbiano: Seattle’s Homage to Roman-Style Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? Seriously, who? But let me not say this in a roundabout way: there’s more than one style AND shape when it comes one of the penultimate exports from Italy. That’s why I am so excited about the latest entry into the abundant world of Seattle pizza: Pizzeria Gabbiano. Your amazing powers [...]

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Describing Taste: Inviting Versus Projecting

I’ve been ruminating on taste and preference, specifically regarding a column in the Wine Spectator labeling “tart” and “green” as negative attributes in a wine. You can read my take on “Dim Somms” over at Grape Collective. Maybe instead of such a dichotomous debate about how things “should” taste (balanced/unbalanced, over-ripe/under-ripe) we can all take [...]

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Greg Lambrecht of Coravin: How To Enjoy Wine Without Removing The Cork

When it comes to technology and wine, sometimes I can be a bit of a Luddite. But Greg Lambrecht, inventor of the Coravin, has me preaching the gospel of progress and innovation. Why? How? Well check out this pictured bottle of wine that I tasted. First of all, it’s a fantastic wine. Meursault is a region [...]

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10 Must-See YouTube Videos About Wine

Over on Grape Collective I hand-picked 10 YouTube videos about wine for your viewing pleasure. Here are my thoughts on the clip that gets things started, “The Wine Magician”: The first thing you’ll notice about this video is Victor Watel (aka Panteros666) talking about esoteric winemaking, cosmic rhythms, and obscure druidic methods. Or maybe his [...]

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Riesling Rules: Three Bottles, Three Countries

Can we send you three bottles of Riesling? Uh, YOU BET! Three samples of the Best White Wine on Earth arrived for my consideration and, specifically, for a twitter tasting known as #winechat that takes place every Thursday from 6-7pm PST. The three contenders? Kamptal, Austria: Brandl Riesling 2011 Alsace, France: Paul Blanck & Fils Riesling [...]

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