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What Red Wines Are Good to Drink With A Chill?

With autumn’s chill permeating the air, I return to red wines. But how do I like to enjoy them? Three words: With. A. Chill. Red wines served too warm are a scourge of some restaurants as well as folks who live in a home heated to a kiln-like temperature. Warm red wine is just plain [...]

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British Columbia Winery Tour: Interviews at Six Okanagan Wineries

What a pleasure to travel to British Columbia and visit wineries up and down the Okanagan Valley. I had my handy audio recorder with me and captured six interviews with six fantastic folks while on a media trip put together by Wines of British Columbia. You may have gotten a taste of my experience there when [...]

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Woodinville Wineries: Meet The People Behind The Labels

Not too long ago I spend some time touring Woodinville wineries as a guest of the Washington Wine Commission. My days there culminated with attending the Auction of Washington Wines, an event that raised over 1.8 millions dollars (!) to support uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and fund viticulture and enology research at WSU. But [...]

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Pizzeria Gabbiano: Seattle’s Homage to Roman-Style Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? Seriously, who? But let me not say this in a roundabout way: there’s more than one style AND shape when it comes one of the penultimate exports from Italy. That’s why I am so excited about the latest entry into the abundant world of Seattle pizza: Pizzeria Gabbiano. Your amazing powers [...]

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Greg Lambrecht of Coravin: How To Enjoy Wine Without Removing The Cork

When it comes to technology and wine, sometimes I can be a bit of a Luddite. But Greg Lambrecht, inventor of the Coravin, has me preaching the gospel of progress and innovation. Why? How? Well check out this pictured bottle of wine that I tasted. First of all, it’s a fantastic wine. Meursault is a region [...]

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Quady North: A Snapshot of Southern Oregon Wine

Who doesn’t want to get to know a winery that’s involved in a love triangle…with grapes? (Get your mind out of the gutter.) Herb Quady of Quady North has a thing for Viognier, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. Let’s head to Southern Oregon and explore the Applegate Valley and Rogue Valley. That’s right, I’m talking Oregon wine [...]

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Understanding Sustainability in the Winery and Vineyard

What does it really mean to say you are a sustainable winery, from the vineyards that bear the fruits of your labor to the building where you ferment your grape juice? I posed this question and more to podcast guest Karl Wente, Fifth Generation Winemaker and Senior Vice-President of Winemaking at Wente Vineyards (sponsor of my Wine Without [...]

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Wine Photo Tips: Get The Best Out of People and Places

You may remember Photographer Richard Duval from a previous post on how to make, as he likes to say, “memories, not mug shots” when taking photos of people. With my interest piqued to explore the topic more, we met up at Barrage Cellars (thanks, Kevin) in Woodinville, Washington (where Richard is currently exhibiting some unique photos) to [...]

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Uncorking Summer Entertaining: A Conversation With Christine Wente

Though fond of rosé and summertime grilling, as well as outdoor warm-weather festivities, I’m mostly a participant at such activities rather than a host. Because this 42 year-old bachelor does not have a PhD in entertaining a crowd. Hosting a fresh-air fête? I’m flustered. Fortunately, I can call on (and literally called) Christine Wente to appear on [...]

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Drinking Wine in Las Vegas: What’s Hot in the Heat

What wines are people drinking in Las Vegas? I turn to Head Sommelier of Michael Mina Bellagio, Cole Sisson, who stopped by my Wine Without Worry podcast to inform me of what’s hot in the world of fermented grapes. Some of the questions we tackle: Coming from Seattle, what was it like that first night [...]

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