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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

Celebrating a Kitchen Gypsy with Washington Wine

As the winter weather drives us into the kitchen seeking refuge from the cold, it’s a good time to find comfort in new cookbooks. One of the books providing an escape to lighter, brighter places is Kitchen Gypsy, Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food by Joanne Weir. If you love wine and food pairing, make sure you’re familiar with Joanne Weir. I’ve long treasured my well-worn... 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

Experience EFESTE Winery

With the burgeoning growth of wineries throughout Washington State producing some excellent wines, how does one select one winery over another? Price point, quality of the wines, nifty marketing and personal taste are all part of the decision but the best wineries, in my opinion, provide an exceptional wine experience. Talented wine makers, an educated and enthusiastic staff and a well, thought-out... read more

A Day at Vin du Lac

With over 700 wineries to choose from in Washington, how does any one winery compete in an increasingly competitive market?For me the answer lies in producing a diverse range of quality wine with an attention to pairing to excellent food. To this, add great service and attention to marketing the winery’s unique history and experience. I look for a winery that offers not just a beverage in a glass but... read more
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