Underwood Mountain: A Tale of Two Washington Grüner Veltliners

Posted on: April 20th, 2015 by
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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]

Weekend Wine Links: The SAVEUR Blog Awards Edition

Posted on: April 17th, 2015 by
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Inspired by my friend Elaine from Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, this edition of Weekend Wine Links will take a look at the SAVEUR Blog Awards. Specifically (and not surprisingly…) the finalists for Best Wine Content. What have they been up to lately? Let’s find out: Alice Feiring of The Feiring Line, writing on the excellent site [More]

Label Lust: Donnafugata Anthìlia

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by
Donnafugata Anthilia

There is a real synergy between the label for the Donnafugata Anthìlia, a white wine from Sicily (sent to me as a sample), and what’s inside the bottle. Lush golden hair and a certain type of satisfaction in repose serve as an apt harbinger. Neither the artwork, nor the Anthìlia, are frilly or gilded. It’s a [More]

A Not Grüner Sparkling Austrian Wine at Portland’s Grüner

Posted on: April 13th, 2015 by
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I had been wanting to eat at Portland Oregon’s Grüner for quite a while and finally made it. (Thank you, Sean and Mary.) Naturally, I was excited for some sparkling wine, so our table ended up with a bottle of Szigeti‘s Cuvée Prestige. I’d had their sparkling Grüner Veltliner before but this was a bird of  a different [More]

Weekend Wine Links: Rosé, Hot Dogs, Craigslist, Marimba

Posted on: April 10th, 2015 by
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It’s rainy and fairly miserable atmospheric in Seattle right now. Time to curl up with some Weekend Wine Links! Did you know that Jessica Certo was an opera singer before she became a sommelier? If that’s not cool enough, Certo also likes Cru Beaujolais with hotdogs and tater tots. AKA: my dream meal. .@sommjesscerto, wine director [More]

Spy vs. Spy: Comparing Two New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs from Spy Valley

Posted on: April 8th, 2015 by
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New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is something I used to find irresistible. Then I got traumatized by countless examples reminiscent of canned green beans. Most unpleasant. So I turned my back on it. It got to the point where, as a wine buyer, one of my sales reps was hesitant to present NZ Sauv Blanc. And, [More]

Weekend Wine Links: Eggplant, Easter Candy, Lust

Posted on: April 3rd, 2015 by
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The best way I know to unwind after a long week? Compiling and sharing some fresh wine links with you. Let’s do this! Did you get a chance to listen to my podcast with Mary Cressler and Sean Martin, my favorite wine and BBQ couple in Portland? Get the recipe for their fantastic smoked eggplant dip. [More]

SAVEUR Blog Award Finalist: Who Am I? How Did I Get Here?

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015 by
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Many of you know I’m a finalist for a SAVEUR Blog Award in the Best Wine Coverage category. YES! So stoked. But it raises a lot of questions. About me. Take the above photo, for example. What the hell is going on? Am I having a heart-to-heart with a bottle of rosé? (Highly probable.) Conjuring up [More]