Cider and Food Pairing Guide for Washington Cider Week

Posted on: September 13th, 2015 by
nw cider apples

Hi there! It’s Washington Cider Week NOW through the 20th of September. I really dig this cider and food pairing guide that the folks at the Northwest Cider Association put together. To recap: Dry with pulled pork, oily fish, or sausage Semi-sweet with spicy Asian cuisine, pasta with white sauce, or blue cheese Perry with [More]

Raptor Ridge Oregon Tempranillo: New World Meets Wild West

Posted on: September 12th, 2015 by
raptor ridge tempranillo

I didn’t think, upon receiving an assortment of samples from Oregon’s Raptor Ridge, that I’d find their Tempranillo a stand-out among the offerings. This Willamette Valley winery heads south to the Rogue Valley–practically in California–to source the grapes for this red wine. Though Spain’s Rioja region is the premiere destination for Tempranillo, Raptor Ridge’s Oregon version provides [More]

Vegan Jerky Paired With Wine? Yes and Yes

Posted on: September 7th, 2015 by
mushroom vegan jerky

Did I lose you at vegan jerky? Hold on; let me explain. My friend Pamela Braun, creator of the food blog My Man’s Belly, sent me a review copy of her new book: Jerky Everything. So if you’re concerned about a lack of meat, DO NOT PANIC as the subtitle of the book is: Foolproof [More]

A Floating Pacific Northwest Wine Class

Posted on: September 6th, 2015 by
ss legacy uncruise

Just back from being the guest host on a wine-themed voyage via Un-Cruise Adventures. Part of my duties involved a daily wine program during cocktail hour. I got to run wild as far as the format and the selection of wines. So I presented a mix from both Washington State and Oregon, with bottles comprising [More]

Brick House Chardonnay: Enjoying Oregon Wine on the Water

Posted on: September 2nd, 2015 by
snake river uncruise

You know I love Chardonnay with oak. So while I’ve been a guest host on this wine-focused Un-Cruise, I was pleased to discover a wine featured on the ship’s list: 2012 Brick House Chardonnay “Cascadia” from the Ribbon Ridge region of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. ($35 on Wine-Searcher) The on-board bartender (YES!), Daniel, commented that it’s [More]

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

Posted on: August 29th, 2015 by
ss legacy uncruise

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]

Exploring Mount Etna Wines via Planeta

Posted on: August 28th, 2015 by
Sciara Nuova Vineyard

Is there a more exciting wine region in the world right now than Sicily? And, within this island, anything cooler than what’s happening in the area surrounding Mount Etna? No. It was a pleasure to be invited to a lunch given by Planeta, whose six wineries ring Sicily. Our special guest was Alessio Planeta and our focus [More]

Haywire The Bub: Easy-Opening Sparkling Wine from BC

Posted on: August 25th, 2015 by
haywire the bub

As you well know I am a fan of sparkling wine in all forms, from the humble to the sublime. Recently had a friend/hero bring back (per my request) a bottle of Haywire The Bub from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. It’s a single-vineyard (Secrest Mountain) vintage-dated bottle (2012) that I love for many reasons, which [More]