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2 of The Best Italian Red Wines For Pizza

I love beer, white wine, sparkling wine, and rosé with pizza. But the classics never go out of style. Here are two Italian red wines that are dynamite with pizza. Both were consumed at Bar Del Corso, one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Even if you don’t get pizza there (which you should),  you’ll [...]

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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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Recommended Dessert Wines For An All-Dessert Dinner

You ever have four desserts for dinner? No? Sure, probably two or three but four’s kinda crazy. Well, lock me up and throw away the key. Because I was recently invited to hang out in The Georgian Restaurant, a lovely dining room housed inside Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel, where I was treated to four sweet creations [...]

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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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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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Le Caviste: Behind the Scenes of a Seattle Wine Bar

Are you in Seattle right now? Downtown? Excellent. Head to Le Caviste and get some vino. It’s a totally fantastic wine bar. And since I get the privilege of yammering with owner David Butler while he works, I thought I’d give him a chance to talk in the pre-opening hours about his place on my [...]

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Olive Oil Poached Tuna Salad and Terredora di Paolo Rosé

When I’m not stuffing my face with burritos and pizza, I do occasionally eat a salad like this one with olive oil poached tuna I enjoyed for lunch at Agrodolce in Seattle. Sometimes I hear people say that salad is a “challenging” thing to pair with wine. You know what’s challenging? Climbing Mt. Everest. Salad [...]

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Swig Well With Summertime Porch Pounders

Have you ever wanted to learn to Swig Well? Thanks to a Seattle drinking academy of the same name, you, too, can achieve unknown levels of knowledge and pleasure in the art of distilled spirits as well as with the cocktails that celebrate their flavor and heritage. I was thrilled that Swig Well Founder Anu [...]

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Red Wine on a Hot Summer Day? There’s Only One Way

I thought I’d never drink red wine on a hot summer day until I walked into Sun Liquor Lounge in Seattle and asked their ace bar manager, Chelsea, to make me something with Mezcal. The refreshing, well-chilled cocktail she came up with sneaks in some red wine in the form of a artful float atop [...]

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Too Cold or Too Warm? On the Serving Temperature of Restaurant Wines

I was asked by Seattle Times Restaurant Critic Hanna Raskin to comment on an experience at a restaurant where her red wine was served “freezer cold.” How do I handle wine served at arctic temperatures or kiln-like heights of heat? Take a look at her post on Voracious to find out. Thanks, Hanna, for letting [...]

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