Novelty Hill/Januik Barrel Room

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)

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A Taste of Hawaii: Kalua Pork, Musubi and Squadra Bianco

I love Hawaii. In my mind it is beautiful and perfect: sandy beaches, warm weather and delicious foods. And lately, I have been really wanting to go back (I don't know, maybe it is from all this dreary Seattle weather). Unfortunately, I can't jump on a plane and head off to Hawaii at this moment, so … Continue reading A Taste of Hawaii: Kalua Pork, Musubi and Squadra Bianco

A Visit to Cave B Estate Winery

Half-way between Seattle and Spokane, along the I-90 corridor, there is a wine oasis. The Cave B Estate Winery sits high up on the cliffs above the Columbia River commanding spectacular views of the valley below. I have passed by the exit for the winery many times, always curious about the winery, but never ventured … Continue reading A Visit to Cave B Estate Winery

Wine Coolers: Preparing for Summer Wine Season

Last week a heat wave hit Seattle. I couldn’t let the 80+ degree temperatures (in April!) go to waste, so I reached for a bottle of Rosé. Unfortunately, I was caught off guard by the summer-like conditions. I had to think fast and throw my wine in the freezer for a quick blast of cool, … Continue reading Wine Coolers: Preparing for Summer Wine Season

Lombardy, Inferno and Risotto Milanese

Moving along my virtual wine tour through Italy, my next stop is the Lombardy region. Lombardy is the home of Milan, Marscipone cheese and Ossobuco (a fancy dish consisting of veal shanks and bone marrow). More importantly, it is the home to a good handful of wine regions, the three most well known include the … Continue reading Lombardy, Inferno and Risotto Milanese

The Velvet Devil and the Devil’s Novice – A Double Dose of Devil

There are certain wines I consider 'cocktail wines.' They tend to be boozy - high alcohol content and a lot of heat.  And sometimes that is not a bad thing. Especially on a Friday night after a long week of work and life. A solid "go-to" cocktail wine is The Velvet Devil by Charles Smith.  … Continue reading The Velvet Devil and the Devil’s Novice – A Double Dose of Devil

Resonance Extra Brut

Marie Courtin Resonance Champagne

Marie Courtin's Résonance Champagne is luxurious. The lemony yellow wine offers flavors of citrus and green apple, and is both refreshing and smooth. The very low dosage allows this wine to pair nicely with just about any meal, as well as hold its own as a stand alone drink. If you are looking for a … Continue reading Marie Courtin Resonance Champagne

Purchase High Quality Wine Because YOU are Worth It

At some point along the way, I decided that since it was just me drinking wine at home, buying a nice, quality bottle of wine just wasn’t worth the cost. I gave up on on learning about wine, on blogging about trying wine, and just started buying low cost wine to have with dinner. The … Continue reading Purchase High Quality Wine Because YOU are Worth It

Le Grande Fete -Our Very Own Le Diner En Blanc

The day started out sunny and bright, another perfect July morning. After a cup of coffee and a few moments vegging on the couch, it was time to start setting-up for our Le Dîner en Blanc. The first step was to figure out timing for the menu. When to stop decorating and when to start … Continue reading Le Grande Fete -Our Very Own Le Diner En Blanc

A Dinner Party Inspired by the Le Diner en Blanc

Every year about this time, right as school is letting out, I yearn for a change or some kind of exotic vacation. And while the cold, hard truth means there is no vacation waiting for me in mid-summer, it doesn't keep me from scheming and dreaming. One way to make dream vacations a little closer … Continue reading A Dinner Party Inspired by the Le Diner en Blanc