Fer Servadou For Certain: A Unique Red Wine Grape

Posted on: March 29th, 2015 by
forest floor

Jeez, I’ve been on a roll with the obscure grapes, huh? If you liked hearing about Romorantin (who doesn’t?!?) but were hoping to discover something in a red also from France, get ready to be excited. As part of the Happy Dance Wine Club (real name) I received a bottle of 2012 Domaine Plageoles Braucol from the [More]

Weekend Wine Links: Corison Cabernet, Port Tongs, and Stray Cats

Posted on: March 27th, 2015 by
2001 corison kronos vineyard

Pour yourself a glass and get up to speed on what’s caught my eye in the world of wine. Happy reading and drinking! One of the best wines I’ve had in the last few years was 2001 Corison Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard. (Out of magnum, no less!) If you’re ever in St. Helena, make [More]

Loire Valley White Wines: Underappreciated Regions

Posted on: March 25th, 2015 by
Domaine Jean Teiller

I love all things Loire Valley, but especially the white wines. From Muscadet to Sancerre and everything in between (hello, Vouvray!), it’s a part of the wine world where I first discovered my inner wine geek. But are there area of this special spot in France that could use a little more love? Absolutely! Let’s [More]

Get to Know Cabernet Franc at Taste Washington

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by
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]

Weekend Wine Links: Hipster Deer, Artichokes, Volcanos

Posted on: March 20th, 2015 by

It’s time again for another round of Weekend Wine Links. Here’s what I’ve been perusing regarding all things on the internet relating to the fermented grape. Is this the world’s first wine-pouring hipster deer? Do you think I somewhat resemble this deer? The glasses, the sweater, the antlers. Well, maybe not that last part. Thou [More]

Two Recommended 2013 Sonoma Chardonnays

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by
j vineyards

It’s California Chardonnay time again! Particularly a couple from the 2013 vintage in Sonoma. I was sent samples of both the J Vineyards Estate Grown (from the Russian River Valley section of Sonoma) and the Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard, which hails from the Sonoma Coast. Both of these wines see time in oak barrels. To [More]

Cava Cocktail: Best Brunch Drink in Portland Oregon

Posted on: March 15th, 2015 by
cava cocktail

Sure the Bloody Mary gets all the pub, but you should seriously consider a Cava cocktail to accompany your next brunch. While staying in Portland, Oregon, I was a short (but rainy) stroll away from Irving Street Kitchen in the Pearl District. It was here that I enjoyed this brunch-tastic cocktail, named “What She’s Having“. [More]

Weekend Wine Links: Dirty Lists, Non-Awful Prosecco, Cool Kids

Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by

You know what I do when I’m not writing about wine? I’m READING about wine. All over the internet! Yes! I’m pretty one-dimensional, sad to say. But that dimension is full of all kinds of colors, sounds, liquids, solids, and other cool stuff. So, to paraphrase (lift) what Bill Murray said in Caddyshack, I got [More]