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Oregon: The unsung hero of the Walla Walla AVA

Let’s face it, American Viticulture Areas are a “brand,” they’re a brand of a geographical area that grows grapes. They help customers become familiar with the various regions and sub-regions of vineyards all over the country and the reason wineries love them is because they can bottle wine, stamp a specific AVA on the bottle ...

Review: Cabernet Sauvignon Round-up

SEATTLE, February 21, 2014 — As the undisputed number one-selling red grape varietal, cabernet sauvignon in many ways is the “king of the red grapes”. There are numerous reasons why it’s number one, a few of those are its ability to pair so well with red meats, reflect terroir and be produced across the full spectrum of ...

Summertime: A great time to think pink

SEATTLE, June 30, 2013 —  For some reason, Rosé has sort of a bad reputation among certain male wine lovers who think of it as a “chick wine.” That’s unfortunate. One could make the case that its pink color is a bit feminine but there are many complex Rosé wines on the market that pack more ...

Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon because, why not?

The only way I can describe Wild Turkey Spiced is as an “island bourbon,” if there ever was such a thing. It is light, but it swishes around your glass like a heavy bourbon, and it is incredibly drinkable. It hits the gates smooth, but burns comfortably all the way down, and a little after. I don’t know if burns is the right term, maybe stokes. It stokes. That’s a term, shutup.

Whiskey Review: Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2014 — Cruising the liquor store aisles thinking that perhaps I should purchase something that I would not mind critiquing, translates into Conor- speech to mean “If I buy that bottle I bet I could write about it”, I picked up a bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage. First of all, shut ...

Knob Creek Maple Bourbon: A drink to keep warm this winter

WASHINGTON, January 16, 2014 — This is my first whiskey review, and despite the name of this particular column I am not a snob about whiskey. I am a bourbon drinker first, an Irish drinker second, and a beer drinker third. Everything else may as well not exist to me, except tequila which is acceptable under ...

Review: Zinfandel round-up

SEATTLE, October 15, 2013 – Zinfandel can be rather polarizing. Folks either adore it or are completely indifferent to it. A hearty, zesty varietal, Zinfandel typically goes very well with smoked foods, Mexican-inspired dishes and foods that have any kind of spicy heat to them.  While California is still the biggest producer of Zinfandel (most ...

Review: Merlot Round-up – Top Wine Picks

SEATTLE, October 4, 2013 — The season of “Fall Food” is upon us. Think succulent meats, such as beef pot-roast, pork tenderloin, prime rib, and duck as well as the fresh game brought in by those who hunt. Merlot has an ample amount of dark fruit and earthy components that tend to go so well with the ...

Escaping to Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA, Washington, September 4, 2013 — There has been a relatively new wine region on the horizon for wine lovers around the country, and this one comes from Washington State, promoting the name of its central city. About four and half hours southeast of Seattle by car lies what many in the Northwest regard as ...

Target Chile for great wine value

SEATTLE, May 29, 2013 — Many consumers are looking for value in everything they buy, especially when it comes to wine. On a recent trip to the country of Chile, there was the opportunity to dive head-first into a world of wine value that waits for those who are feeling a bit adventurous. While many ...

Bloomberg gets it wrong on Washington wine

SEATTLE, April 6, 2013 – Bloomberg.com recently published a piece about the Washington wine industry that was misleading at best. Its author, John Mariani, claimed he recently visited Seattle and after sampling a few bottles, makes the claim: “Washington Wines Pack High Alcohol Wallop, Little Else.” Not only is this headline a slap in the face to ...

Ever wonder why Napa Wines are so expensive?

SEATTLE, March 15, 2013 – Millions of wine lovers – both beginners and self-entitled “experts” flock to the Napa Valley every year in their thirst for that “perfect Cab, Merlot or even Zinfandel’. Certainly, Napa grows quite a bit more than these three varietals, but they are the reds that really helped shape this amazing region, ...