Wine Tasting Experts vs the Average Wine Consumer – Is there Hope for the Rest of Us?

There has been quite a bit of discussion surrounding (and bashing) wine experts. There is a feeling of hostility towards the experts, and I am sure there is a suspicion that these experts are being bought off by wineries, especially the more expensive ones. I am neutral when it comes to this issue.  Maybe it … Continue reading Wine Tasting Experts vs the Average Wine Consumer – Is there Hope for the Rest of Us?

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What Does It Mean When a Wine is Corked?

"Corked" I have heard the term a few times and I really don't know what that means.  I have asked and have been told it means the wine has been tainted by the cork, making the wine bad and undrinkable.  I have also been told that I will know when the wine is "corked".  But … Continue reading What Does It Mean When a Wine is Corked?

Columbia Winery 2001 Otis Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Other Tasting Notes

Our second stop on my recent Woodinville tasting trip was to the Columbia Winery. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I went with my brother Seth, who also did an excellent summary of our tastings. Pulling into the parking lot, the winery was exactly what one would expect when tasting wine - a large … Continue reading Columbia Winery 2001 Otis Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Other Tasting Notes

Januik Riesling and Novelty Hill Merlot Tasting Notes

Continuing my education, I recently did a tasting trip with my brother Seth.  We went to Woodinville to try a few more Washington wines. Our first stop was Novelty Hill/Januik. From my understanding, Michael Januik used to be the Winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle.  I really liked those wines so I was eager to try … Continue reading Januik Riesling and Novelty Hill Merlot Tasting Notes

Wineries and Social Media Challenges

I came across a post by Joe Roberts, discussing Social Media and Wineries.  While I am new to the wine industry, I am not new to social media. I have been working at a social media company for the past two years. I agree with Roberts, social media is important for wineries (well any business, … Continue reading Wineries and Social Media Challenges

March is Washington Wine Month

So, I am sure quite a few people know this - but it is news to me - March is Washington Wine Month. An article by Margot Sinclair Savell on her Write for Wine blog caught my eye. The Washington State Wine website outlines promotions and events that are happening throughout the month.  I think … Continue reading March is Washington Wine Month