Yearly Archives: 2014

20 Wine Bloggers Talk About Thanksgiving: 2006-2014

I’m going back in the time machine and rounding up some of my top Thanksgiving wine posts as well as taking a trip around the blog-o-sphere to see what my fellow scribes have historically opined about when it comes to the most venerated of American eating and drinking holidays. Let’s do this! Starting with me, [...]

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Adventures With Spit Buckets and More Life Lessons at Wine Tastings

What have I learned attending a decade-plus worth of wine tastings all over the country and world? Well, I’ve certainly accumulated a lot of knowledge and experience. But I’ve also developed some, shall we say, neurotic tendencies. Here is one circumstance that, at some point, will strike all wine tasters. Both casual and veteran: When [...]

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Exploring The Red and White Wines of Northern Italy

You ever insisted on something being true even after, time and time again, all your suppositions prove misguided? This happened to me while I was treated to a wine-tastic meal by Wayne Young. He’s the Sales, Communication, and Marketing Manager for the wines of Bastianich and La Mozza. We started out exploring the Adriatico series [...]

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The Definition of BBQ with Jack Timmons of Seattle’s Jack’s BBQ

How do you define BBQ? I posed this question to Jack Timmons of Jack’s BBQ in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood. He answers on my Wine Without Worry podcast. Also discussed: The recipe for Jack’s top-secret, laboriously constructed brisket rub? REVEALED! When pulled pork goes wrong. Do sides matter? My pick for the #1 BBQ wine, which [...]

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Salud: Providing Healthcare Access for Oregon Vineyard Workers

“¡Salud!’s mission is simple and straightforward. We work to provide access to healthcare services for Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers and their families.” This succinct statement sums up why you should know about ¡Salud! I sent a few questions about this organization to Donna Morris of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery. Along with her husband, Bill Sweat, she founded [...]

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Guacamole with Pomegranate, Tomato, Mango Verde, Chile de Arbol, and Walnuts

I’m a guacamole purist. Over a decade ago I dated someone who had a profound influence on how this iconic dish should be made. The recipe involved three ingredients and three ONLY: Avocado, lime juice, salt. So I’m skeptical of attempts to guild the lily when it comes to my guac. Don’t be putting stuff [...]

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Harvest Moon Over Sagemoor Vineyards at Dawn

As a photographer, what does it feel like when you watch an image come together…perfectly? Richard Duval shares the story behind this astonishing photo capturing the harvest moon at dawn over a portion of Washington State’s Sagemoor Vineyards. Also, how about my Wine of the Week? I’ve been flipping for the Fossil & Fawn Pinot [...]

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This Wine Has Three Cats On The Label And It’s Awesome

Dang, is this wine for real? YES! It came recommended from a highly trusted source and did not disappoint. The story of how it all transpired started like many others in the year 2014: Facebook. My buddy Cameron posted that this wine is available at the restaurant he manages. (Tavolata in Seattle; excellent, do go [...]

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What Red Wines Are Good to Drink With A Chill?

With autumn’s chill permeating the air, I return to red wines. But how do I like to enjoy them? Three words: With. A. Chill. Red wines served too warm are a scourge of some restaurants as well as folks who live in a home heated to a kiln-like temperature. Warm red wine is just plain [...]

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Go Haywire for Pink Bub Sparkling Rosé From British Columbia

I don’t know if a wine gets more fun than this Haywire Pink Bub sparkling rosé, which I had the pleasure of enjoying while on a trip to the Okanagan Valley. (Read all about it and listen to the podcast, too.) An almost equal mix of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the welcoming personality of this wine [...]

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