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Pure Scot: The new scotch for the young at heart

Pure Scot is a blended Scotch made of Bladnoch Single Malt, robust island malts, aged Speyside and Highland malts into a whisky with notes of smoke, caramel, ginger, wild honey-laced stone fruit and white peppercorns.

Expand your palate with these two wine clubs

SEATTLE, Dec. 23, 2015 — It not only can be difficult to find the ideal Christmas gift for your beloved wine drinker, it’s also difficult – at times – to feel as if there’s any way to taste enough good wines from all over the world. Thanks to a couple of great national wine clubs, ...

Winery Spotlight: Meet CAVU Cellars

SEATTLE, Dec. 8, 2015 — In a modest part of town lies a modest winery with a large dream, fueled by a passionate family. While this could be almost anywhere in the world that produces wine, it’s not. It’s CAVU Cellars, located in the airport district of Walla Walla, Washington. Unless you’ve been living under a ...

It takes a village to overcome wine intimidation at Village Vino

SAN DIEGO, November 12, 2015 – Despite being enjoyed for thousands of years, many people find wine intimidating. They might enjoy it on a basic level, but when they start exploring wines, they run into confusing terminology and so many details and nuances they give up and choose another beverage rather than risk looking silly ...

Science confirms that a vineyard’s soil microbes shape terroir

SEATTLE, March 25, 2015 — It appears that the major factor of a wine’s terroir has more to do with the soil microbes found around the plant’s roots than with the actual soil characteristics. New research published in the mBio open-access Journal of the American Society for Microbiology could have a long-standing impact on how ...

Winery Spotlight: Le Cadeau from Oregon’s Willamette Valley

SEATTLE, March 24, 2015 — While there are clearly lots of good Pinot noir producers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, there are a few that seem to do a really good job of ever-so-slightly edging out the competition; one of those is Le Cadeau Vineyard and winery. It’s a boutique winery in every sense ...

Could William Shatner be the next big thing in wine?

SEATTLE, December 3, 2014 — Some of us grew-up watching Captain Kirk “boldly go where no man has gone before”, zipping around the galaxy. Now William Shatner might be the next big thing in wine tasting. His Brown Bag Wine Tasting episodes on ORA.TV are one-on-one videos that have him sitting down with a person where ...

Does winemaker terroir exist?

SEATTLE, December 2, 2014 — We see it now more than ever, because we have more winemakers making wine for a variety of wineries. At a certain point, doesn’t that mean consumers are drinking the same stuff with just a different label on it? “Winemaker Terroir” is my half-joking way of bringing up a winemaker’s ...

Sonoma: The ultimate wine and food getaway

SEATTLE, December 1, 2014 — As a wine writer of over half a decade, there has been many discoveries of both great (and bad) wines as well as regions that simply are an awe to the senses of any oenophile and foodie. The sheer bounty of amazingly delicious wines and fresh local food found in Sonoma ...