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Smith-Madrone: Stu Smith on Wine and the Ephemeral Sense of Art

Post-Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, all I wanted to do was eat tacos and drink cocktails. And guzzle beer. But I am very glad I took a trip up to the top of Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain to visit Smith-Madrone. A few months prior, I’d had the wines–a Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Riesling–sent to me and [More]

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The Best Wine For Cheese: Talking With Henri Schock of Bottlehouse

I spent two years working at Seattle’s Bottlehouse and there are many wonderful things I can say about this charming wine bar. But most germane to this blog post and episode of my Wine Without Worry podcast is the seriousness shown for cheese. They have a dang cheesemonger there! And while Bottlehouse does a great [More]

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Sparkling Wine Cocktails: Lessons From Sun Liquor’s Erik Chapman

Is your sparkling wine cocktail repertoire confined to mimosas? Do not fret! Meet Erik Chapman, Head Distiller and Operations Manager at Seattle’s Sun Liquor. He’s also a heck of a bartender. Chapman joins me on the Wine Without Worry podcast to share his thoughts and advice on how to get creative making cocktails with a [More]

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Pie School and Dessert Wine: A Piecast With Kate Lebo

It’s a bit of a therapy session for the pastry-phobic when I sat down with Kate Lebo to talk about her book, Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter on my Wine Without Worry podcast. Not that people are afraid of pastry, but rather making it themselves from scratch. Then filling, topping with crust, and baking. [More]

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Restaurants, Wine, and the Solo Diner: A Talk with Julien Perry

How important is wine to you when it comes to evaluating a restaurant? I chat with Julien Perry on my Wine Without Worry podcast about this subject. She has an astonishing depth and breadth of Seattle restaurant knowledge from writing about them for, to name a few, Seattle Magazine, Eater Seattle, and Seattle Weekly. What’s great [More]

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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 [More]

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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 [More]

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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 [More]

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