Weather to Fly: A Long Island Pét-Nat That’s a Fizzy Delight

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by
weather to fly

First of all, what is Pét-Nat? It’s short for pétillant-naturel. And it is a fizzy delight. (Sometimes it can be a bit cloudy and funky, too.) You make Pét-Nat by bottling a wine while it’s still fermenting. So some happy bubbles become trapped. That means, upon the time of enjoyment, YOU WIN. (Please note that Pét-Nats can sometimes be a [More]

Sherry and the Mystery of Palo Cortado: A Documentary

Posted on: May 26th, 2015 by
sherry producers

Since one drinks-related documentary is not enough (see my preview of The Birth of Saké), I was also able to screen “Sherry and the Mystery of Palo Cortado“. This film will be showing at two locations next week as part of the Seattle International Film Festival. What is Palo Cortado Sherry? This is where the title [More]

The Birth of Saké: A Preview of a Documentary About Harmony

Posted on: May 21st, 2015 by
The Birth Of Saké

I had the chance to preview a documentary, The Birth of Saké, that will be screening at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 27th and 28th. It’s a film about harmony, when it comes to the making and makers of saké. You’ll learn a lot concerning the rigors of making saké traditionally, by hand, and [More]

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

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by
kevin white winery

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]

Instagram and Wine: 15 Accounts to Explore

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by
the complete eightball daniel clowes

I think I love Instragram more than anything (social media-wise), so I was tickled to be included among the “15 Best Instagram Wine Accounts” by the Italian winery, Cecchi. And what a delight to see a few folks on the list I’ve come across in real life. Like Nannette Eaton aka Wine Harlots. We met while [More]

Loving The Champagne Flute Means Staying Resolute

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by
champagne flute le pichet

Once again, the Champagne flute comes under attack. As the (self-appointed) defender of this much-maligned vessel for the finest of wines–those of the sparkling variety–I am compelled to retort. The latest salvo can be found on a site where I had the pleasure of making numerous contributions: Grape Collective. Specifically a column by David White, [More]

Wine And Mother’s Day: A Conversation With My Mom

Posted on: May 3rd, 2015 by
joseph phelps napa

Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of this upcoming holiday and to celebrate mothers all over the world, I invited my Mom to be a guest on the podcast. Have a listen: So what will you encounter this episode? Excellent question. Among other things: Two wines that begin with “M” that my Mom was most familiar with as [More]

Weekend Wine Links: Pairing With Weed Plus a Contrarian View on Somms and Champagne

Posted on: May 1st, 2015 by

After a week of soul-crushing commuting, particularly Thursday’s debacle coming back from Bellevue to Seattle on the 520 floating bridge, I am especially ready to relax and fire up…some weekend wine links! First up: Finally, someone pairs wine with weed. And wines that I am fond of! I, however, have no feelings for the strains [More]