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Seven Hills Winery: Inside Washington Wine With Erik McLaughlin (Podcast)

Ever travel to Texas to have a conversation about Walla Walla, Washington? That was the case when I attended TEXSOM, a fantastic and wildly informative educational wine conference, and took some time to speak with Erik McLaughlin. He’s the Vice President of Seven Hills Winery, a historic name in Walla Walla when it comes to [More]

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Un-Cruise Adventures: Guest Host on a Wine-Themed Voyage

I am leaving shortly to embark on an excellent journey with Un-Cruise Adventures along the Columbia and Snake rivers. They have tapped me to be a guest host on a wine-themed cruise. I’ll be on this boat, the S.S. Legacy: Un-Cruise Adventures has put me in charge of a daily wine program of my design and I [More]

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Passing Time With Dan Marino and Damon Huard: Podcast

I don’t think it will come as a shock to find out that I love wine. I mean, DUH! But would it surprise you to find out I’m a huge fan of football? I am. Growing up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, my team was (and is) the Chicago Bears. So it was a real thrill to [More]

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Washington Wine Tasting Notes from the U.S. Open

Did y’all check out my preview of the Washington wine I’d be enjoying during the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay? Well it was no idle chit-chat, I actually went and spent a fair bit of time in the tent, trying a handful of wines and a cider. (Thanks to the Washington Wine Commission, who gave me [More]

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I Won’t Be Golfing But I Will Be Drinking Washington Wine at the U.S. Open

Can you believe I’ll be at the U.S. Open this weekend? One of golf’s biggest events is being held at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. (Not too far from Tacoma.) And since I haven’t hidden a secret life as a professional golfer from you, what am I doing there? Caddying? No. Drinking wine? YES! Huh? [More]

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Kevin White Winery: The Art of Balance in Wine and Life

How do you fit in the job of winemaker with a full-time day gig and a family as well? I spent some time with Kevin White at his eponymous Kevin White Winery in Woodinville, WA to find out. Kevin White on the Wine Without Worry Podcast Topics discussed: His focus on Syrah and Rhône bleds [More]

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Underwood Mountain: A Tale of Two Washington Grüner Veltliners

Visiting wineries in Woodinville, Washington (about a half hour NE of Seattle) is like a opening bag of potato chips: You just can’t stop at one. I had planned on swinging by W.T. Vintners to check out their new releases and while I was killing time waiting for a friend, why not pop into Savage Grace? Their [More]

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Get to Know Cabernet Franc at Taste Washington

How do you survive and thrive at an event like Taste Washington, happening this weekend (Saturday and Sunday…but there are also events Thursday and Friday) in Seattle? (BTW I’ll be there Saturday, sporting a media pass.) You walk in the door with a well-thought out plan of attack. Can you taste everything? No. Should you [More]

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