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

Eating and Drinking at Wine Rocks 2011

This year’s Wine Rocks moved to the Georgetown Ballroom. Initially disappointed that Wine Rocks Seattle wasn’t returning to the Hard Rock Cafe, I applauded the move. A great venue, the Georgetown Ballroom is in a  historic and  beautifully restored building that originally housed the Mission Theater, which opened in the 1920s. The Georgetown Ballroom’s outdoor courtyard was a big... read more

Auction of Washington Wine Barrel Picnic 2010

Auction of Washington Wine is a three day celebration and fundraiser that kicks off with the Barrel Auction and Picnic with Wine Makers. This year, 20 wineries donated a barrel of their wine to the auction. Since each barrel is five cases of wine, there isn’t just one winner but five winners. The top 5 bidders for each barrel receive a case of that wine once it is bottled.  The highest bidder... read more

Effective, Efficient Twitter for Beer Wine Industry

Twitter has proven itself as a powerful means to disperse information, news and reviews in the beer and wine world. A number of Washington wineries have been very successful in building and maintaining customer enthusiasm and loyalty via utilizing Twitter. Walter Dacon Wines started their Twitter account just days before they were nominated in our reader’s choice Tasting Room poll. Twitter was part... read more

Taste Washington TV-Walter Dacon Wine News

New this year at Taste Washington was a live web cast that included interviews with Washington winemakers during the Grand Tasting on Sunday, March 28th.   Yashar Shayan did a great job quickly recruiting wine bloggers and Twitteristas to be the interviewers.  The selected interviewers then recruited winemakers from a list of wineries and restaurants with a  Twitter presence. Knowing the easy-going,... read more

Twitter + Wine = Success for Walter Dacon Wines

In January, Walter Dacon Wines jumped on the Twitter bandwagon, just about the same time that they were nominated as having the best tasting room in Washington state. Walter Dacon leveraged their new social media skills, with the enthusiasm of their loyal customers, to win the Washington Tasting Room Poll, garnering over 40% of the votes! I had the opportunity to meet Anne and Lloyd, of Walter Dacon Wines,... read more

Walter Dacon 2007 C’est Syrah Magnifique: French or American Oak?

A couple of weekends ago, the hubby and I finally had the pleasure of tasting some of the much lauded Walter Dacon Wines. Part of the fun of tasting these Washington wines was that we sampled two of the Walter Dacon Syrahs side by side – the 2007 C’est Syrah Beaux, and the 2007 C’est Syrah Magnifique. The challenge? To ascertain which had been aged in American oak, and which had been aged... read more

Walter Dacon 2008 Roussanne

I first tried the Walter Dacon 2008 Roussanne a week ago and must here and now acknowledge Vivian’s thorough understanding of my not-so-hidden wine desires (note to self: bring drool towel at next event).  This Washington Roussanne was paired with a fantastic dish that would go well with a Riesling,  Gewurztraminer or other white wine that is somewhat sweet.  The tasty noodle salad consisted of... read more

Walter Dacon Wines : Featured Winery 2/10

Ann and Lloyd “call me Andy” Anderson are still smiling.  Recently their tasting room won our Washington Winery Tasting Room Readers’ Poll.  Readers voting for Walter Dacon Wines chose this tasting room for its beautiful setting,comfortable atmosphere, knowledgeable hosts, and unique tasting bar.  In this countryside setting, visitors taste highly rated and award-winning wines and... read more

Tasting Room Reader Poll Results

And the winner of our Winery Tasting room poll is… Walter Dacon Winery Walter Dacon Winery Kiona Vineyards and Winery Hard Row to Hoe tied with Icicle Ridge Winery Alexandria Nicole Cellars Benson Vineyards Here are some of the comments that our readers shared about Walter Dacon Winery tasting room: Of course the wine is fabulous, the thing is, it feels like home!  Ann & Lloyd have created a... read more

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