Win FREE tickets to Merlot Gone Mad!

Go a little crazy with almost 50 Washington wineries at Merlot Gone Mad! Win free tickets for two to Merlot Gone Mad on May 2, 3-6pm at the Tulalip Casino. Washington State is ideally suited to grow Merlot grapes and we have wine makers here that know how to treat those grapes with respect and care in creating exceptional Merlot wine. The Merlot Gone Mad event is a great opportunity to: Taste from over a... read more

Six Surprises at Taste Washington Grand Tasting

With over 200 wineries in Taste Washington participating, pouring an average of 3-4 wines, there are more wines than a single person could cover. We had three people covering the Taste Washington event and we STILL couldn’t cover all of the food, wine, cider and even beer at this Washington showcase. Over the next week or so we will be posting about our various experiences at the Taste Washington... read more

Forget March Madness, Lets talk Merlot Madness

The Massive Merlot virtual tasting, #WAMerlot,  took place just last night but already some of us are planning our next Washington Merlot fix. Merlot Gone Mad to the rescue! On Sunday, May 2, 2010 3:00pm – 6:00pm at the Tulalip Resort Casino Over 50 wineries will be pouring their Merlot for you to try. Learn more about Merlot in educational seminars with David Merfeld of NorthStar, Don Corson... read more

Washington Merlot Deals, Discounts and Doings

On March 25th, wine lovers across the nation are taking back Merlot and celebrating Washington Wine Month with a MASSIVE Merlot tasting. Between 5-7pm PST, people will be drinking Washington state Merlot in wine bars, restaurants, tasting rooms and their own living rooms and sharing their opinions via Twitter using the Twitter hashtag #WAMerlot. To start connecting with participating wineries and... read more

Celebrate Washington Wine Month at The Local Vine 3/25

The Local Vine is pleased to announce TWO great Washington wine tasting opportunities on  Thursday night, 3/25/10.  Please join us as we taste wines with Chad Johnson, wine maker from Winery of the Year Dusted Valley Vintners and participate in the national Tweetup for Washington Merlot! Washington Merlot Tweetup: 5-7pm In collaboration with Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report and the crew here at... read more

Massive Merlot Tasting March 25

Join wine makers, wine retailers and wine lovers as they drink to Washington Merlot on March 25th! Once upon a time, Merlot was a popular wine in its native France and here in the US. Unfortunately, Merlot has become much maligned in recent years, thanks to the movie Sideways and other factors.  Don’t let a movie make your wine drinking decisions for you!  If you have been neglecting Merlot, here... read more

Northstar Merlot 2003 Walla Walla Valley

Every time we open up a bottle of wine from Northstar Winery, it takes me back to each joyous visit we’ve made to the winery’s tasting room. If you haven’t yet met the nice people of Northstar, do so the next time you are in Walla Walla. While there, sign up for the wine club to gain access to previously released vintages such as this one. You can read more about our visit during the Walla Walla Fall... read more

Gamache Vintners 2006 Boulder Red

If you are looking for a food friendly red table wine, Gamache Vintners Boulder Red is a great one to include in your stash. The grapes for this brilliant garnet red blend come from the Columbia Valley. The nose on this fruit forward wine offers aromas of raspberry, vanilla, and pomegranate. The tannins are velvety. On the palate the wine offers fruit and red licorice. The current blend is comprised of 38%... read more

Andaluca Winemaker Dinner Featuring L’Ecole N° 41

On January 22, Andaluca Restaurant and L’Ecole N° 41 partnered together for a Winemaker Dinner that I won’t soon forget. Executive Chef Wayne Johnson prepared a 5-course menu, providing commentary for each preparation. L’Ecole’s Managing Winemaker, Marty Clubb was there to tell the story behind each wine poured. The partnership between Chef Wayne and Marty pays off by allowing the chef to start... read more

Icicle Ridge 2007 Merlot

This Washington state Merlot, from Icicle Ridge Winery, is a pleasing deep garnet color. My plans to visit Icicle Ridge Winery over the weekend fell through, so I opened a bottle of the Icicle Ridge 2007 Merlot to ease my sorrows. The aromas of this wine tantalize with dried cherry, blackberry and red plums and entice with cocoa and milk chocolate.  Predominately, I am reminded of a high quality... read more

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