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Auction of Washignton Wine Weekend Preview

Date: Thu, Aug 14, 2008 Wine Tasting

I’m sitting in my hotel room right now about to head out to Picnic, part of the Washigton Wine Commission’s big summer event that is the Auction of Washington Wines.  You can read more about it all here. I’ll be out tasting tonight, having dinner with the winemaker and owner of Delille Cellars tomorrow, and Saturday [...]

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Sparkman Cellars Release Party!

Date: Thu, Aug 14, 2008 Wine Tasting

I had the pleasure of going to Sparkman Cellars release party this past weekend up in Woodinville, Washington. Sparkman started up in 2004 and this release is their biggest to date.  What was especially fun about the release party is that we had the chance to try some wines that are not yet available to [...]

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Sparkman Cellars Release Party!

Date: Thu, Aug 14, 2008 Wine Tasting

I had the pleasure of going to Sparkman Cellars release party this past weekend up in Woodinville, Washington. Sparkman started up in 2004 and this release is their biggest to date.  What was especially fun about the release party is that we had the chance to try some wines that are not yet available to [...]

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Cabernet Franc Tasting!

Date: Wed, Aug 13, 2008 Wine Tasting

Tonight I participated in an experiment: three Cabernet Francs from one state.  Of course, my state of choice was Washington.  I wanted to taste wines from different years as well as finding different labels.  I am on a big Cab Franc fix this summer, but until now I haven’t really written about it.  Tonight, I [...]

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Cabernet Franc Tasting!

Date: Wed, Aug 13, 2008 Wine Tasting

Tonight I participated in an experiment: three Cabernet Francs from one state.  Of course, my state of choice was Washington.  I wanted to taste wines from different years as well as finding different labels.  I am on a big Cab Franc fix this summer, but until now I haven’t really written about it.  Tonight, I [...]

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Walla Walla Wine Tasting Summaries

Date: Tue, Aug 12, 2008 Wine Tasting

Here are my summaries and selected notes from several different wineries in Walla Walla, Washington.  Our goal for this trip to Walla Walla was to try and visit some truly boutique wineries.  I learned at Long Shadows that a boutique winery is defined as a winery with less than 10,000 cases each year. àMaurice Cellars: This [...]

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Longshadows Winery Visit and Tasting

Date: Mon, Aug 11, 2008 Wine Tasting

Longshadows is the brain child of famed Washington wine VIP Allen Shoup, the former CEO at Chateau Ste Michelle.  The idea is a simple one: pair world class wine makers with Washington grapes.  We had the pleasure of getting a tour of the winery as well as tasting three of the wines.  Technically speaking, each [...]

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Shining Hill: Col Solare Tour and Tasting

Date: Sat, Aug 9, 2008 Wine Tasting

Chateau Ste Michelle is the largest and oldest winery in Washington State.  Their top of the line wine is Col Solare, a partnership with the famed Antinori’s of Tuscany.  I had the pleasure of being able to take a private tour of the facility and taste both the 2004 and 2005 vintages. -The front of the [...]

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

Date: Thu, Aug 7, 2008 Wine Tasting

Football season is right round the corner and if there’s one thing I love doing on the weekends it’s waking up at 6:30 in the morning, cracking open a beer and settling in to my favorite chair to watch 90 minutes of non-stop action.  Oh, sorry, you didn’t think I was talking about American football [...]

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Wine Tour Day 2: Tasting Room Summaries

Date: Thu, Aug 7, 2008 Wine Tasting

My post from last night on Sheridan Vineyard left out my reactions to all of the wineries I’ve been to thus far on this trip. So, tonight I thought I would write about tasting yesterday and today. There are far too many wines for me to list details of here, so instead, I [...]

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Summer Beers

Date: Wed, Aug 6, 2008 Wine Tasting

It get hot where I live.  Very hot.  Desert hot.  So hot that I’ve actually heard people debate whether it’s better to take a hot or cold shower in the morning.  While the argument for a cold shower is obvious enough, the argument in favor of a scalding wake up call says that it’s a [...]

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Wine Tour Day 1: Sheridan Vineyard Tour

Date: Tue, Aug 5, 2008 Wine Tasting

I visited one vineyard and four wineries today. It was an incredible day in Washington Wine Country! Sheridan Vineyard: Sheridan Vineyard is both a vineyard and a winery. We had the pleasure of cruising around the entire property with Chris Hoon, the vineyard manager and winemaker. This was one of the most educational experiences [...]

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Wine Trip Preview

Date: Mon, Aug 4, 2008 Wine Tasting

Tomorrow I will be heading to Eastern Washington for tours and tastings.  I will be taking pictures and blogging about it throughout my trip which will last the rest of the week. I am especially excited for tomorrow, as we will be taking a tour of one of the most prestigious vineyards in the state: Sheridan [...]

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Wine Questions Answered

Date: Sat, Aug 2, 2008 Wine Tasting

I have received several great questions recently, and I wanted to answer two related questions here tonight.   Do you have any suggestions on how to deal with a naughty cork that breaks or gets in your wine? The easy answer here is, use a good quality wine opener and open bottles carefully. However, the “naughty” [...]

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