CakeSpy Illustrates My Love for the Champagne Flute

Posted on: February 4th, 2015 by
champange flute cakespy

If you’ve been a faithful reader of this blog, there is one thing you know without a shadow of a doubt: I am a staunch defender of the Champagne flute as my preferred vessel for sparkling wine enjoyment. Wait, you didn’t know that? OK, we can rectify that later. But first I want to give [More]

The Best Wine For Cheese: Talking With Henri Schock of Bottlehouse

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by
Bottlehouse Seattle

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]

To New York for VINO 2015: Celebrating the Wines of Southern Italy

Posted on: January 31st, 2015 by
vino 2015

  Very excited to be leaving for New York at the crack of dawn on Super Bowl Sunday to attend VINO 2015. When it comes to wine geekiness, this celebration of the wines of Southern Italy means Russell Wilson times Tom Brady times Katy Perry levels of excitement for me. This sponsored media trip will [More]

Allegrini Valpolicella: A Downright Friendly Italian Red Wine

Posted on: January 29th, 2015 by
Villa Della Torre

Since I’ve been on a theme of anthropomorphizing wines, I can’t help but continue when thinking about the 2013 Allegrini Valpolicella. Hailing from the Veneto in Northern Italy, Allegrini’s estate vineyards surround the pictured Villa della Torre. Nice digs, eh? So what do I mean when I call this wine “friendly”? Many things. First and [More]

One Word Reviews of 2012 Youngberg Hill Pinot Noirs

Posted on: January 28th, 2015 by
youngberg hill

After running through a trio of 2012 Pinot Noirs from Oregon’s Youngberg Hill received as samples, I was struck by one thing they all had in common: richness. These are not lacy, delicate wines! A quick internet search about the 2012 vintage in Oregon turned up a post where these words were trotted out to describe [More]

Label Lust: Jané Ventura Rosé Cava

Posted on: January 26th, 2015 by
jane ventura cava

My never-ending thirst for all things sparkling rosé led me back to an old friend with a look that stirs up feelings: Jané Ventura Reserva de la Música Rosé 2011. It’s a Cava (the term used for Spanish sparkling wine) made from Garnatxa Negra. You might have heard of this grape by a more familiar name: [More]

How Is Wine Made? A Preview of SOMM: Into The Bottle

Posted on: January 23rd, 2015 by
dlynn proctor somm into the bottle

SOMM, the popular shorthand for sommelier, was a documentary detailing the quest to pass what is arguably one of the hardest tests in the world: the Master Sommelier exam. How do you follow up this tale of aspiring wine experts working towards the highest honor of their profession? With “SOMM: Into The Bottle”. Here’s a [More]

Frappato From Sicily: A Great Dinner Red Wine

Posted on: January 21st, 2015 by

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]