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

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Raising A Glass to the Marketplace Wine Bar in Spokane, WA

Sometimes, you just need a glass of wine on a hot day.  On on this hot day, we went to the Marketplace Wine Bar - for a glass of wine and a cool place to sit.  The original catalyst for visiting the Marketplace Wine Bar was to use an expired Groupon.  The original deal was … Continue reading Raising A Glass to the Marketplace Wine Bar in Spokane, WA

Arbor Crest Merlot – A Terrific Pairing and Ingredient

It was a cool, rainy June day, so my husband put a 7-bone roast into our slow cooker. When we go home from work, the house smelled delicious and dinner was ready. I had a bottle of Arbor Crest 2008 Merlot (Four Vineyards/Columbia Valley) that I had been wanting to try, and this was the … Continue reading Arbor Crest Merlot – A Terrific Pairing and Ingredient

Bartholomew Winery Visit and Tasting

Bartholomew Winery is located in Seattle, WA in the Old Rainier Brewery.  There is a South Seattle Artisan Wine movement and part of me wanted to experience artisan wine and part of me wanted to check out the historic landmark. The tasting room is open every Saturday and Sunday from Noon - 5pm, and was … Continue reading Bartholomew Winery Visit and Tasting

Swirl with Your Girls at Columbia Winery, Enjoying Great Wine and Great Company

On Friday night, I went to Swirl with your Girls at Columbia Winery.  A friend of mine, Kim Brunskill, is a member of their wine club and was able to score the tickets.  Not knowing what to expect, I made sure to where my gold glitter "barbie" shoes (platform stillettos), downplayed by black jeans and … Continue reading Swirl with Your Girls at Columbia Winery, Enjoying Great Wine and Great Company

Barrister Winery Tour and Tasting – A Wonderful Experience Part 2

And finally - Part 2, the tour of Barrister Winery. Our tour guide was winemaker/owner Greg Lipsker, an excellent guide and teacher. We started the tour in the area where they press the wine every fall.  Greg explained that Barrister Winery leases rows of grapes from various vineyards in the Columbia Valley.  They decide both … Continue reading Barrister Winery Tour and Tasting – A Wonderful Experience Part 2

Maison Blueu Granache – a Delicious and Smooth Red Wine

I read a review of Maison Bleue by Paul Gregutt.  Gregutt's description of the wine  sounded so wonderful, that I had to give it a try: They are distinctive, immaculate, fragrant, complex, evocative, one might even say definitive wines – and they sell for a fraction of what competitors of comparable quality generally charge. When … Continue reading Maison Blueu Granache – a Delicious and Smooth Red Wine

Barrister Winery Tour and Tasting – A Wonderful Experience Part 1

Over Easter weekend, my brothers, sister-in-law and I went on a tour of Barrister Winery in Spokane, WA.  I was very excited to go tour a winery - the last time I toured a winery, it didn't mean much to me.  Now, I had a little bit better understanding of the industry and was looking … Continue reading Barrister Winery Tour and Tasting – A Wonderful Experience Part 1

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