Yearly Archives: 2014

Salud: Providing Healthcare Access for Oregon Vineyard Workers

“¡Salud!’s mission is simple and straightforward. We work to provide access to healthcare services for Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers and their families.” This succinct statement sums up why you should know about ¡Salud! I sent a few questions about this organization to Donna Morris of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery. Along with her husband, Bill Sweat, she founded [More]

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Guacamole with Pomegranate, Tomato, Mango Verde, Chile de Arbol, and Walnuts

I’m a guacamole purist. Over a decade ago I dated someone who had a profound influence on how this iconic dish should be made. The recipe involved three ingredients and three ONLY: Avocado, lime juice, salt. So I’m skeptical of attempts to guild the lily when it comes to my guac. Don’t be putting stuff [More]

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Harvest Moon Over Sagemoor Vineyards at Dawn

As a photographer, what does it feel like when you watch an image come together…perfectly? Richard Duval shares the story behind this astonishing photo capturing the harvest moon at dawn over a portion of Washington State’s Sagemoor Vineyards. Also, how about my Wine of the Week? I’ve been flipping for the Fossil & Fawn Pinot [More]

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This Wine Has Three Cats On The Label And It’s Awesome

Dang, is this wine for real? YES! It came recommended from a highly trusted source and did not disappoint. The story of how it all transpired started like many others in the year 2014: Facebook. My buddy Cameron posted that this wine is available at the restaurant he manages. (Tavolata in Seattle; excellent, do go [More]

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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 [More]

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Go Haywire for Pink Bub Sparkling Rosé From British Columbia

I don’t know if a wine gets more fun than this Haywire Pink Bub sparkling rosé, which I had the pleasure of enjoying while on a trip to the Okanagan Valley. (Read all about it and listen to the podcast, too.) An almost equal mix of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the welcoming personality of this wine [More]

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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 [More]

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Food Photography Philosophy From Leigh Beisch

Do you have an emotional connection with lychee? How about when it’s in your wine? I hadn’t given it that much thought until I got a review copy of The Essence of Wine to check out on my tablet. The words are provided by Vinography’s Alder Yarrow and the beautiful photos by Photographer Leigh Beisch. It’s [More]

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