Yearly Archives: 2013

A Conversation With Michael Mondavi

A couple months ago I had the chance to have lunch with Michael Mondavi, set up by Glodow Nead Communications. Naturally, I expected to discuss wine, the history of Napa Valley, and family. (I had met his daughter, Dina, earlier in the year. A recap of our time together is on Foodista.) We ended up [More]

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7 Things About Madeira That Will Punch Up Your Life

I have a thing for Madeira. It’s kind of becoming my jam. And not the kind that you spread on toast, but rather a soothing soulful sound served in liquid form. I recently attended a Madeira tasting at Rumba, located in the Seattle neighborhood where I live: Capitol Hill. (Thanks Rumba, A&B Imports, and Broadbent [More]

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Corison Winery Cabernet: Serendipity in St. Helena

I had tasted Corison Winery Cabernet Sauvignon on one previous occasion, recall really liking it, and them promptly moved on to about 1,000 other things/bottles. I recently passed by the winery in St. Helena, CA, on my way to Sonoma, and told my Mom, “Hey, there’s Corsion.” End of story. Until a Twitter moment happened: [More]

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Geyserville, CA: Discovering Valdiguie and the Best Pizza Ever at Diavola

When contemplating Geyserville, CA, my thoughts initially turn to wine. But now it’s focused on the best pizza I ever ate, which you can find at Diavola. OK, I still think a lot about wine. And one of the things I love about Diavola is that while you are waiting for your pizza to emerge [More]

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Nalle Winery Zinfandel Makes You Smart

I’ve been a big fan Zinfandel from Nalle Winery for a long time. There was an end-of-the-shift moment at a wine shop I was working at, surrounded by a panoply of open wine bottles, where I kept coming back to this wine from California’s Dry Creek Valley. Why? Well, it was an astonishingly different take [More]

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Are You Getting The Full Pull From Your Wines?

I’ve always been intrigued by the business model of purchasing a wine via nothing but a compelling text-only email that prompts to you open your wallet. Are you on any mailing lists like this? The most famous would be Garagiste, located here in Seattle. Another online wine business (going four-plus years strong) also with a [More]

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Halloween Candy and Dessert Wine Pairing on Serious Eats

Very excited to have my first post on Serious Eats, and it’s all about pairing dessert wine with Halloween candy. Sadly, the pictured assortment of Willy Wonka candies did not make the final cut, but I really enjoy the photo. What pairs best with this listed sweet holiday bounty? Starburst Almond Joy Mellowcreme Pumpkins and [More]

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Washington State Wine: Col Solare Vertical, Raw Elk, and Grappa

When visiting Col Solare, producer of a most notable Washington State wine, you don’t have to look far to see what’s going to end up in your glass. On an intensely sunny August day in the Red Mountain wine region in Eastern Washington, I visited the winery thanks to Saint Michelle Wine Estates (SMWE). Winemaker [More]

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