FLX-cellent: Time to Visit the Finger Lakes

Posted on: August 30th, 2018 by
A vineyard on Seneca lake in the Finger Lakes wine region.

In the fall of 2015 I spent an idyllic few October days in upstate New York exploring the Finger Lakes wine region. It’s a beautiful area full of interesting, lively Riesling, cool Cabernet Franc, and lovely Lemberger. (Plus MUCH more.) I revisited the region virtually via the latest episode of the What We’re Tasting podcast. [More]

Chateau Montelena Dream Tasting

Posted on: August 28th, 2018 by
A view of Chateau Montelena.

Few wineries have played as large a part in American wine history as Chateau Montelena. When I was invited to attend a tasting including five decades of the Napa Valley winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon, I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough. So earlier this summer I buckled up for a wine event of a lifetime. Our Master [More]

(Re)Discover Greek Wines Podcast

Posted on: August 24th, 2018 by
A vineyard in Santorini, part of what make Greek wines distinct.

My introduction to Greek wines came via a trip to Santorini. (Six years ago, dang!) It was an epic journey, and I got to sport my summer torso wardrobe of white t-shirts. One of the most remarkable things about the island is its vineyards. These are not manicured rows that grace the cover of magazines [More]

Spätburgunder Spotlight (Spätlight?)

Posted on: August 23rd, 2018 by
Eight bottles of Spätburgunder, Pinot Noir from Germany.

Can’t say I’ve had a lot of German Pinot Noir. So when I had the chance to attend a dinner celebrating Spätburgunder (that’s the country’s name for Pinot Noir), there was no way I was missing it. Hearty thanks to Icy Liu for the invitation. (Her IG is full of incredible wines.) Our Master of Ceremonies [More]

17 Carry-On Luggage Recommendations from Frequent Travelers

Posted on: August 22nd, 2018 by
You probably won't have an empty overhead bin, so get some carry-on luggage recommendations.

I’m going to be doing some international travel soon. Headed to Ireland for the first time and making a return visit to Portugal (see highlights of the latter trip from 2012) Since many of my friends have been and will be traveling all over the world for wine and beyond, I put out a call on [More]

Texas Wine Podcast Time

Posted on: August 20th, 2018 by
Vines at Messina Hof Winery, where Texas wines have been made since the 1970s.

Hi. Let’s talk about Texas wine. My first exposure to the wines of the state was in 2013 when I attended a brisket tasting hosted by Jack Timmons, now of Jack’s BBQ in Seattle. There were a wide variety of wines from across the country and world at this informal event (check out the lineup) [More]

Beautiful Label, Beautiful Wine (Again) from Donnafugata

Posted on: August 17th, 2018 by
The label for the Donnafugata Floramundi wine from Sicily.

I love love love wine labels. Mostly because I had to sell/see so many bottles with crap ones. There is a winery in Sicily that always impresses me with what’s inside and outside the bottle. The Donnafugata Floramundi carries on that tradition. Perhaps you may remember Donnafugata from such bottles with great labels as Anthìlia, a [More]

A Wine Shop Bestowing Bottles with Unique, Delightful Notes

Posted on: August 13th, 2018 by
If you want to see the most creative shelf talkers I've seen, head to Flowercup Wine in Cold Spring, NY.

One of my favorite activities as a buyer at the QFC Broadway Market in Seattle was hand-writing notes about wines I personally selected for the store. (I also had crazy things happen there.) We refer to such written missives in the business as “shelf talkers.” What they all have in common is a long profile [More]