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

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Female Winemakers In Washington State – A Steady Increase

It is no secret that the wine industry has been male dominated since, well, forever. However, recent reports show this is now changing, which is good news for females entering the field. The title of a Wine Enthusiast article sums it up nicely: The Number of Women Winemakers Is Growing, and Fast. Well, at least … Continue reading Female Winemakers In Washington State – A Steady Increase

San Juan Vineyards Siegerrebe

March is Washington Wine Month, and is the perfect excuse to try different wines from all over Washington State. And what better place to start than the beautiful San Juan Islands and a bottle of San Juan Vineyards 2012 Siegerrebe. I had never heard of Siegerrebe until I tried this wine, prompting me to find out … Continue reading San Juan Vineyards Siegerrebe

Chicken Spiedini, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and a little Treveri to ring in the New Year

Continuing my virtual journey through Italy, I incorporated a little bit of Italian cuisine into our holiday meal.  One of my favorite meals that my husband prepares is Chicken Spiedini, which hails from the Garozzo's in Kansas City (and the Abruzzo region in Italy) Spiedini basically means "skewered meat" and while it can be prepared … Continue reading Chicken Spiedini, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and a little Treveri to ring in the New Year

Lunch at the Purple Cafe and Wine Bar in Seattle – Good Food and Wine

My brother, Seth and I decided to treat ourselves to a lunch and a glass of wine.  After all, we have been working pretty hard lately and a little treat was much-needed.  We chose Purple Café & Wine bar - a restaurant here in Seattle known for its healthy wine list. Purple Café has a few … Continue reading Lunch at the Purple Cafe and Wine Bar in Seattle – Good Food and Wine

Washington State Riesling, A Refreshing Summer Drink

I recently learned that Riesling is the #1 grape grown in Washington State.  And for that I am very thankful - to me Riesling is just the right combination of sweet and cool - the perfect summer drink. It is also somewhat versatile.  It goes nicely with spicy food (think spicy Thai food) or with … Continue reading Washington State Riesling, A Refreshing Summer Drink

Superbowl, BBQ Chicken and The Velvet Devil

For Superbowl Sunday, my goal was to minimize time in the kitchen and spend more time watching the game.  I pulled out my handy slow cooker and made BBQ chicken.  My sides were just as simple - smashed yams and salad. I decided to pair my meal with The Velvet Devil Merlot.  Over the summer … Continue reading Superbowl, BBQ Chicken and The Velvet Devil

Ribera Del Duero and Lopez Cristobal Tinto Roble

The Ribera Del Duero region of Spain is fairly new on a world-wide scale.  While there has been wine produced there for quite some time, it didn't really get global acknowledgement until the 1980s.  And it doesn't sound like it is the easiest region to grow grapes in either.  According to what I read in … Continue reading Ribera Del Duero and Lopez Cristobal Tinto Roble

Barrister Winery Sauvignon Blanc and Roasted Chicken – Easing Into Fall the Right Way

Fall is here, as much as I hate to admit it, and the rain is moving in.  In my mind, nothing cures the dull-drums like roasted chicken.  I love the way the cooking chicken fills the kitchen and the house with warm flavors. Another great thing about roasted chicken: it pairs well with white wine.  … Continue reading Barrister Winery Sauvignon Blanc and Roasted Chicken – Easing Into Fall the Right Way

Charles Smith Wine – I think I may be a Charles Smith Groupie

This summer I was introduced to Charles Smith Wine.  I must say, I was very please to have met the wine. Charles Smith was at one time a manager for Scandinavian Rock Bands, and he has the hair to prove it. He also has a great motto: "it is just wine, drink it". Even though … Continue reading Charles Smith Wine – I think I may be a Charles Smith Groupie