Cooking with Wine

Can wine be healthy?

It started with very bad stomach virus. My little one was just 2 years old and had started getting into eating and suddently she was incredibly sick and weak. It was the kind of sick where I would have gone to the emergency room, but we weren't home. I was stuck in my in-laws basement… Continue reading Can wine be healthy?

Tasting Wine

Wine keg: A must have for your wine cellar

It's time to ditch the bottle and add a wine keg (or two) to your cellar selection. Buying wine by the keg has many benefits, including being more cost effective, lasting longer than an open bottle, and reducing waste (do your part to reduce your carbon footprint!). I should know, this summer, we have tapped… Continue reading Wine keg: A must have for your wine cellar

Tasting Wine

Bonterra Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

While scrolling through Amazon Video recently, I came across the Wine Enthusiast show: It starts with wine, California: The organic way (Season 1, Episode 3). The show highlighted the winery Bonterra, and I was instantly intrigued by they're unconventional farming methods highlighted in the show.  After reading more about the winery, it's organic and biodynamic… Continue reading Bonterra Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting Wine · Washington Wines

How would explain [topic] over a glass of wine

Conversational writing isn't easy for everyone. Defined as making your writing sound like a conversation between two people, it can be a struggle to put thoughts into words in that particular way. Why? My theory is that during our grade school, high school and college years, our noses are buried in text books and a… Continue reading How would explain [topic] over a glass of wine

Tasting Wine

Taking a breath and switching directions

When I started this blog, my goal was to learn about wine and eventually become a wine expert. I started out strong, blogging weekly at points. But life happened, and between moves, job changes and a new baby, I strayed and eventually took a long hiatus. After a few false starts, I am slowly returning… Continue reading Taking a breath and switching directions

Tasting Wine

On the nose: Understanding how to smell your wine

It's easy to get intimidated when at a wine tasting event. All around you, people are swirling, sniffing, taking notes and making comments about fruits and spices. For you, its all grapes: looks like wine, smells like wine, and oh yeah, it taste like wine too. That's a perfectly fine way to drink your wine,… Continue reading On the nose: Understanding how to smell your wine

Tasting Wine · Washington Wines

Three tips for buying wine at a grocery store

Ever run to the store for a few quick items only to find yourself stuck in the wine aisle (or aisles) unsure which bottle to select? This type of wine paralysis is pretty common, especially when one is new to drinking wine or is trying to impress a dinner party of connoisseurs. While I would… Continue reading Three tips for buying wine at a grocery store

Business & Marketing

How well have you defined your customer?

Do you really know who your customers are? When it comes to selling wine, it is easy to think that your customer is anyone who drinks wine. But, that's not necessarily the case. Wine can actually be a pretty personal choice - some buy for cost, others it's loyalty to a certain region, grape or… Continue reading How well have you defined your customer?

Tasting Wine · Technology

A brief look at automation in winemaking (and a flashback to Januik)

Plainly speaking, automation is a part of wine making. The larger the winery, the more automation is used. Why? The use of automation in winemaking saves time and money for wineries. Granted, there is always the initial investment costs, but more often than not, the return on investment (or ROI) is well worth it. In… Continue reading A brief look at automation in winemaking (and a flashback to Januik)