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What It’s Like to Be a Wine Buyer at a Grocery Store

I spent years working as a wine steward at the Broadway Market QFC in Seattle. It was a wonderful experience. I walked to work. Customers became my friends. As far as the wine selection, there were must-haves as part of the corporate set. But I got to buy weird, cool shit, too. I loved visiting my [More]

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Spindrift Cellars Oregon Rosé for a Thirsty Summer

I’ll admit to a strong predilection towards rosé from Southern France, particularly the regions of Provence and Bandol. But that doesn’t mean I’m immune to the charms of an Oregon Rosé, especially when it is as delightful as the Spindrift Cellars. Made from Oregon’s most famous grape, Pinot Noir, the Spindrift Cellars is textbook pleasure [More]

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Seattle: Drink Local Puget Sound Wines

There is a lot of wine coming out of Eastern Washington being consumed by Seattle and the rest of Western Washington, but if you really want to drink local, I suggest trying some of the white wines coming from the Puget Sound region. Working with unique grapes like Siegerrebe, you’d be hard-pressed to find more distinctive [More]

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Pairing Wine With 50 Bacon-Wrapped Dates

I can’t help but think of Cool Hand Luke (“Nobody can eat 50 eggs.”) when I heard about Pintxo‘s challenge to eat 50 bacon-wrapped dates in 30 minutes. That’s three pounds of bacon, dates, and goat cheese. If you are in Seattle and want to enter and/or witness this eating event, it’s part of Pintxo’s [More]

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Breathtaking Scenery Surrounds Alto Adige Wines

If you are not familiar with Alto Adige wines, hailing from the Northern Italian region bordering Austria and Switzerland, one look at the photo above should have you intrigued. Some of my favorite white wines in the world come from this region. (Though the reds recently caught my eye.) At a recent seminar I had [More]

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Barley Papardelle with Cabbage Sprouts at Il Corvo in Seattle

Eating at Il Corvo in Seattle for the first time, I took one look at the menu and knew I was going to get the Barley Papardelle with Cabbage Sprouts. I also knew I was going to get a glass of wine. I enjoyed a simple Italian Pinot Grigio poured into a rocks glass. Nothing [More]

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Tasting 58 Washington Syrahs

I took part in judging the “Sexy Syrah” event at Salty’s in Seattle, which involved tasting 58 Washington Syrahs and Syrah blends. It is an extremely popular event that benefits FareStart. As a judge I got to enter an hour earlier, which I was grateful for as the place gets packed. How do you survive [More]

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Chickpea Dumplings and Verdejo Will Make Your Day

You may want a nap after, but the thought of eating 3 or 4 (dozen) chickpea dumplings along with a glass of Verdejo has been haunting me (in a good way) since my recent lunch at Revel in Seattle. Chickpea, roasted cauliflower, and mustard yogurt make for a flavorful, yet not too spicy, dumpling. Hailing [More]

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