I am a huge fan of Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. Many bottles are in my Hall of Fame, including one that’s probably in my Top Ten reds, ever. It’s a rising star on another continent, in a different guise, and what might seem a surprising state. Yes, Washington. Enter the Seven Hills Winery Rosé. [More]
Do you find the tasting room experience a bit staid? Full of laminated PDFs and the drone-like reciting of a wine’s purported qualities by robotic employees. Yeah, I’ve been there. (Though, thankfully it’s the exception not the norm.) One way to bring a little sizzle to the setting? Music. It sets a mood and a tone. [More]
I have the pleasure of once again judging Washington wine at the Boeing Employees Wine and Beer Makers Club (BEWBC) Winefest. The BEWBC has been going for over 40 years strong, and many members are now making and selling their wines commercially: Nota Bene Cellars, Willis Hall Wines, and Cadence Winery were all founded by [More]
It probably comes as no surprise that Edible Seattle: The Cookbook (edited by Jill Lightner) is full of great recipes centered on local ingredients and the local cooks and chefs who bring them to your table. I also enjoy its readability beyond the recipes, with charming and informative introductions to each recipe, tips on cooking [More]
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]
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]
If not, send me a photo of what you have that’s older. The wine was well past its prime, but it was a real thrill to try it. I had it during judging of the annual Winefest held by the Boeing Wine Club.