Wine growth in Ballard!

February 20, 2011

In the past few years since we moved to Ballard in Seattle from Washington DC, we have seen more and more places open with an emphasis on wines.  Whether it is a new restaurant, wine bar, tasting room, or even a winery, more and more are appearing. I recently visited Vintner’s Annex tasting room in Ballard, [...]

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Counoise?

January 5, 2011

Counoise a grape I was unfamiliar to me until I was in Walla Walla and visited Waters.  This is when I learned of the “Wines of Substance”.  They produce wines based on single varietal and several varietals that might normally be included in a blend such as Counoise. Counoise is a dark-skinned grape grown primarily in [...]

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2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Blind Tasting

August 18, 2010

Last night we hosted some friends for dinner and we decided to do a blind tasting of three cabs.  One of them was the Columbia Crest 2005 Reserve Cab rated #1 wine of the year by Wine Spectator.  The others where Northstar Wineries Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Grgich Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The reason for [...]

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Weekend at Abeja

August 15, 2010

We escaped Seattle for the 4th of July weekend.  The goal was escape the crowds of the city.  We adventured out to Walla Walla where we stayed at Abeja.  Abeja is a winery and an Inn.  We stayed in the Bunk House which is a small cabin removed away from the other rooms.  The bunk [...]

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Columbia Crest 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

August 15, 2010

Columbia Crest’s 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was rated by WS as the number one wine of the year. Does this wine live up to all the hype? I will be tasting this tomorrow in a blind tasting with a few other great Cabs. Have you tried it? Did it live up to what you had [...]

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Club Release Summer 2010

June 27, 2010

On a gray Sunday in Seattle my wife and I decided to make our way out to Woodenville, WA and the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery to pick up our quarterly shipment of wine as part of the Vintage Reserve Club.  The wines that are showcased part of the Vintage reserve club are usually limited releases. [...]

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Sunday at the Ridge

June 26, 2010

Happened to be in California on June 6th, 2010 with time to kill so why not seek out a vineyard and go to a tasting.  Based on several recommendations I seeked out Ridge Monte Bello located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and enjoyed the  Monte Bello Tasting.  The tasting room at Monte Bello Ridge is [...]

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Evening at Home

April 10, 2010

It has been a long but productive week visiting customers in Honolulu, San Francisco and San Diego in a 5 day world wind tour.  Yeah, I can hear you all say what rough life, but sometime travel becomes old.  So coming home is a nice treat.  My way of relaxing is cooking a nice meal [...]

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A quick stop in Napa Valley

March 1, 2010

A recent trip to Bay Area, I managed to have a quick escape to Grgich Hills in Rutherford.  I was welcomed by Micheal one of the wineries employees who gave me a in depth tour of the winery. After the educational aspect of the tour was the long awaited tasting I was looking forward too.  We sampled several [...]

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Tasting Chateau Cheval Blanc 1989

February 28, 2010

On December 29th 2009 my wife and I visited family south of Oslo before heading back to the states via London.  We knew we were in for a treat when it comes to food and wine but did not expect the following.  When we entered the home of my father’s cousin, we were greeted by [...]

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