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Taste Washington 2017: Food and Wine Pairing Glimpse

Taste Washington, is THE EVENT to attend if you are a “foodie” and enjoy wine. Like I mean as soon as the Taste Washington tickets go on sale in December buy them! Participants have a giant selection of some of the best Washington wines to taste.  In addition, spectacular cuisine is showcased by some of the region’s best caterers and restaurants.  For general admission you have... read more

Karen MacNeil on Washington Wine

“I must have more of this,” confessed Karen MacNeil of the Washington wine she was in town to showcase. Karen, author of the number one selling wine book The Wine Bible, would be addressing a full house the next day at her Taste Washington seminar, “Up Close with Karen MacNeil: What Makes Great Washington Wine Great?” At the seminar, Karen quickly got the audience’s attention with her... read more

Taste Washington 2016 White Wine Highlights

I had the great pleasure last weekend to attend Taste Washington 2016.  My assignment, to cover white wine varieties, was definitely a challenge given there were more than 225 wineries represented at the Grand Tasting.  Some of my old favorites maintained their excellent wine making and some new wineries to me that really stood out in their specific specialties.  Before going into more detail about my... read more

Food Friendly White Wine for a Bargain

Hogue Cellars Gewürztraminer is a great bargain Washington wine.Washington isn’t known for its wine bargains, but here is a delicious, well made Washington white wine for only $10! Intensely aromatic, my nose wants to linger inside the glass to really enjoy the bouquet of lychee, grapefruit and summer roses. This fruity Gewurtraminer is teases you on the tip of the tongue with its lychee sweetness... read more

Thanksgiving Food and Wine Pairing

Thanksgiving can be one of the biggest wine  food pairing challenges of the year! Thanksgiving is such a feast of diverse tastes and textures that served family style, all at once. It would be nice if one wine would pair with the myriad of dishes spread upon on your table. If that is your goal, go for champagne! Champagne is the default wine pairing for most foods.  Trevari Cellars has some of the... read more

Thanksgiving Wine and Beer

Under and around the mounds of food on your Thanksgiving table, what will you be offering or bringing to drink? Wine is often the first choice, but it doesn’t have to be the only choice. Just for fun, I whipped up a mock Thanksgiving dinner and put a number of wines and two beers to the taste test for big day. I cooked up a quick mock Thanksgiving dinner of citrus herb run turkey breast, garlic... read more

Beer and Wines that Haunt

Each year, we celebrate Halloween by recalling the wines we sampled this past year that continued to haunt us long after the last sip. This year we are correcting the error of not including beer in the list of Washington beverages that continue to haunt us. The list includes Washington beer and wine from barrel, new releases and the depth of the cellar.  Washington Beer Black Raven La... read more

2009 The Blondes: Icicle Ridge Winery

Named in honor of the Wagoner daughters, the Icicle Ridge Winery The Blondes Gewürztraminer is a summer time staple at our house. The 2009 vintage is very pale in color, much like a  blonde – summer bleached by the sun.  The nose is a fragrant bouquet of Bartlett pear,  green apple, honeysuckle and a whiff of lychee.  The fruity sweetness of the nose might fool you into thinking that this... read more

Walla Walla Fall Release Weekend Review 09

After spending the night in Kennewick to attend the Tri-Cities Wine Fest, we continued on to Walla Walla’s Fall Release Weekend. Needless to say, we didn’t make it to all 48 wineries showcasing their new releases, but we did manage to visit five Walla Walla wineries. Those we did visit, however, provided us with some great tastings of Washington wine. Rulo Winery We started off at Rulo Winery since... read more

Kestrel Pure Platinum White Table Wine (3rd edition)

Kestrel Winery Pure Platinum, a 2007 blend of Gewurztraminer and Viognier, is a fantastic wine to have on a hot summer day.  On the nose, it has the wonderful fruit forwardness of pears/peaches when well chilled. As it warmed up, I noticed more vanilla and cherry notes.  Bean smelled really juicy ripe Bartlett pear, mango, lychee and just a hint of citrus.  This table white wine has a lovely lemon... read more

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