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Still Here, Busy Though

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Quick update.

Just wanted to touch base and let everyone know that I am still enmeshed in the Washington wine industry. Pouring and sharing my passion for wine almost daily. Whew...busy, but having a great deal of fun. You can see my daily wine interactions on my Instagram.


Eager to share my conversation with Walla Walla Winemaker Brad Binko of Eternal Wines and Drink Washington State. More soon. Just need a little quiet time to gather my words.

Cheers!

An Intriguing 2013 Cotes du Rob Red Wine by Barnard Griffin Winery

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Big bang for the buck here friends.

Master winemaker Rob Griffin brought out the big guns for this wine;  Counoise, Cinsault, Durif,  Grenache, and Mourvedre. This is no ordinary Washington wine.

One of my favorite jobs was working for the family owned Barnard Griffin Winery. Hand-selling wine, meeting and greeting visitors from around the world and sharing stories of Washington wine. These were some of my best experiences. Period. It also pushed me to learn more about wine. I strongly recommend seeking out the Barnard Griffin 2013 Cotes du Rob.


Tasting Notes 2013 Cotes du Rob Red Wine Barnard Griffin Winery

Color: Plum, cranberry highlights.
Nose: Engaging, cranberry, pomegranate, breath of fresh earth, orange peel, graphite.
Palate: Pleasant weight, bright, red berry flavors, dusted with light spice, electric on the tongue, modest spicy finish. Shy, friendly opening.

15 minutes: Soft berry and spice on the nose, a touch of armpit odeur. Très European. Sublime mouthfeel, tender and fluid,…

Toast the New Year with Lucien Albrecht Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé

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Welcome the new year in style with French bubbles - à votre santé!

Toast the season with bottles of crisp, sparkling Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé. At my home, we enjoy bubbles year-round. If you only drink Champagne or Prosecco, then it's time to try something different.

remuage: the periodic turning or shaking of bottled wine, especially champagne, to move sediment toward the cork.
The history of the Albrecht family as winegrower can be traced back to 1425 with Romanu Albrecht, who was settled in the town of Thann. During the fifteenth and sixteenth century in Thann, several generations of Albrecht were elected as Bangard vinegrowers. Lucien Albrecht pioneered Crémant production in 1971 and helped gain an Appellation Contrôlêe for the wine and for Alsace. The wines are vinified in the classic Champagne Method.





Tasting Notes Lucien Albrecht Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé

Method: 100% Pinot Noir free-run juice. Whole cluster hand picked grapes are softly pressed in a pneumatic p…

10 Year Milestone, Ruminations on Writing About Wine

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There Was a Time...

There was a time when I thought I would stop writing about wine. A time, between 2009 and 2010, when I thought my fascination with wine was at an end. Obviously, something happened to cause that thinking, and something happened to put me back on track. I'll address that further on.

This post has become rather long. It is in my nature to want to share. Ten years on and there's a lot I want to mention and get out of my thoughts. My thoughts pester me. I hope you find something interesting in these self obsessed musings.

There's a lot I left out. So the temptation to add and tweak is strong. Not sure I can resist.

When I began this blog ten years ago, I was working for Barnard Griffin Winery. After Fourteen months of hand selling wine, many industry events and daily customer interactions, my head was full of new to me wine related information. I was not sleeping well with a jumble of wine experiences and knowledge swirling around my head at night. I knew …

Toast the Season with Valdo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Oro Puro

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Sparkling wine is the perfect beverage for the holidays. 

Prosecco is an Italian sparkling dry white wine made primarily from Glera grapes. Principally grown in the Prosecco region of Italy, which includes Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, north of Venice in the Veneto region. Under European law, only sparkling wines made with grapes grown in this region can have the name Prosecco.

Located in the heart of the Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG production area, the Valdo Winery has been cultivating this unique location for generations.

Prosecco has become widely popular in the United States. Consumers have embraced these affordable and tasty sparkling wines. I often recommend bubbles to my customers, they are suitable for any occasion at home and compliment food well. For Mimosa fans, Prosecco is an excellent choice and works well as the base wine. You don't have to stick to OJ for your Mimosa, try mango, cranberry and berry cordials for an added kick of flavor.

I encourage you to …

Reviewed: Donnata’ 2014 Nero D’Avola Alessandro di Camporeale Sicilia DOC and a Marvelous Wine and Food Pairing

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One of my most successful wine and food pairings.
In the classic technique of wine evaluation, the wine stands alone. Aroma, flavor, color, it is about what is in the bottle, then the glass and how you perceive it in the mouth. One then uses experience, knowledge and bias in making suggestions about quality of the wine, expected life of the wine and possible pairings with food. One does not always have the opportunity to put to the test the suggestions and recommendations.
Today, I am eager to share not only my tasting notes on the 2014 Donnata’ Nero D’Avola Alessandro di Camporeale Sicilia DOC, but my successful pairing of this wine with dinner. It was bloody marvelous. My enthusiasm for this wine, which woke me up at 5am this morning, is predicated on how well the wine matched the food I prepared for dinner.
It is not often I have a success of this magnitude. Reactions to my instagram posts before and during dinner, were also enthusiastic. Looks like the wine and food photos resona…