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Blind Tasting Syrah in Reno with Mom

You ever fly across the country just to conduct a wine tasting? Well now I can say I have. I jetted to Reno to lead my mother and about a dozen of her neighbors through an evening of blind tasting Syrah. Of course the main reason was to see my mom, duh, because I am [More]

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Get to Know Central Coast Syrah

Hello. Here’s the second episode of the podcast I’m hosting for Wine Enthusiast, What We’re Tasting. It’s a look into Central Coast Syrah. Now when you think of California wine, of course Napa and its iconic Cabernet get the lion’s share of praise. So it was great to speak with Matt Kettmann, who is a [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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Label Lust: A Duo From Domaine Pouillon

Two of my new favorite wine labels come from Domaine Pouillon. I was introduced to them at a lunch in Hood River, OR, highlighting the diversity and uniqueness of the Columbia Gorge wine region. As a coffee lover, the label for the 2009 Syrah “French Press” immediately caught my eye. You also gotta love a [More]

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Put The Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone on Your Dinner Table

Year after year, the Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone is one of my favorite wines. With an ocean of Cotes du Rhone available, it stands out to me for a few reasons: It’s made from 100% Syrah. Most Cotes du Rhone I come across tend to be in large part made from Grenache. It’s a [More]

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Another Killer South American Red

I can’t remember the last time I drank red wine two days in a row without food being involved, but I’m trying to adapt to the weather. As much as I liked the Alma Negra, which you can read about in my latest post for the Foodista blog, the 2007 Viu Manent Syrah El Olivar [More]

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Mark’s Massive Mourvedre

I can’t say that I get too excited about $30 Washington Viognier, but there are people out there who want it and I’m more than happy to sell it to them. I do, however, have to say something about the 2008 Mark Ryan Crazy Mary Mourvedre. Mark’s version got my attention; this is a grape [More]

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