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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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Frappato From Sicily: A Great Dinner Red Wine

Confession: I mostly drink white wine when I’m relaxing after work. Red wine is pretty much confined to when I go out to dinner. But that might be changing because every glass made from Frappato, a red grape native to Sicily, makes me crave more, often. You might recall Frappato as a grape that’s part [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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Beet and Apple Mimosas at Juicebox

No offense to OJ, but the mimosa can use more sizzle. And you’ll find that at Seattle’s juicebox. I’ve taken their creative and fresh blends home and created my own mimosas, but I highly recommend visiting their charming location in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood (the place I call home) to enjoy a refreshing, fizzy delight [More]

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My Ideal Day in Seattle

Ah, Seattle in spring. Can’t get here soon enough. The folks at Murmur, an app they describe as “a refreshingly human platform to find great restaurants and bars” akin to “word of mouth with a jet pack”, contacted me for an interview. My assignment? Describe my ideal day in Seattle. It involves plenty of eating [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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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 [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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