Yearly Archives: 2017

What It’s Like to Be a Wine Buyer at a Grocery Store

I spent years working as a wine steward at the Broadway Market QFC in Seattle. It was a wonderful experience. I walked to work. Customers became my friends. As far as the wine selection, there were must-haves as part of the corporate set. But I got to buy weird, cool shit, too. I loved visiting my [More]

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Wines to Match with Black Bean and Pepita Balls

I’ve always wanted to blurb a book. You know, where an author you admire asks you to contribute a sentence or two to adorn the back cover? Well, it finally happened thanks to Jenn de la Vega. Her cookbook, Showdown Comfort Food, Chili & BBQ, is a delight and totally reflects her can-do, adventurous, and [More]

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A Liter of Italian Rosé Perfect for Tacos

My idea of retail therapy involves a new pair of addidas and an Italian rosé (rosato)  that I’ve never drank before in in a big one-liter bottle. To know me is to know I have a thing for 1L bottles. They make the “normal” 750ml bottle seem so sad. Who wouldn’t want an extra third of [More]

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Best Wine Travel Destinations on Snacky Tunes

Had the pleasure of being a guest on Snacky Tunes again, the most excellent podcast where the talk is about food AND the talk is about music. I was there to discuss Wine Enthusiast’s 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2017. Of those top ten spots I have visited five. Though I confess when I went to London I [More]

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Defend Oaky White Wines and Hug a Barrel

Permit me to rattle my saber a bit and come out and say I am tired of all the criticism of oaky white wines. I love ’em. Especially this time of year, when they are like a warm hug. And you want something that pairs exceptionally well with rich seafood dishes, creamy soups, and even [More]

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I Can Go For That: Recommended Canned Wines

When it comes to wine, packaging is something I think about a lot. There has been a (relative) flurry of new wines in a can, with products ranging from fizzy to spritzy, plus whites, rosés, reds. I’ve even tried a saké-based (not wine) cooler. So, are they any good? The answer is yes. Are there many [More]

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Barboursville Vineyards: A Visit to Virginia Wine Country

Though a blustery day, as fall faded and winter arrived, my visit to Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia was nonetheless memorable. Significantly for an impromptu photoshoot with my friend Tracey Salazar. I was in DC visiting Tracey and her husband, Patrick, and we went for a day-long jaunt out to Barboursville to deliver one of her prints [More]

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On Champagne and Steak: The Hey Human Podcast

Hi there and welcome to 2017. One of the highlights of my 2016 was a (brief) trip to Nashville. My guide was Susan Ruth, a performing songwriter. While I was in town I sat down with her as a guest on the Hey Human Podcast. And Champagne and steak was set in front of me [More]

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