Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc

May 24th marked the anniversary of the Judgement of Paris, the famous blind taste test in France the pitted California wines against French wines. On this fateful day in 1976, two California wines, the 1973 chardonnay from Chateau Montelena and the 1973 cabernet sauvignon from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, won top honors. The results were … Continue reading Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc

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

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

Three Key Items to Think About When Creating a Website

Anymore consumers are going to the internet to decide everything from what wine to drink with dinner to what car to buy. This means that every business needs an internet presence in order to be seen and increase consumer awareness. But, before you jump feet first into creating a website, here are a few points … Continue reading Three Key Items to Think About When Creating a Website

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

Nebbiolo, Agnolotti dal Plin and the Piedmont Region (Italia)

I got stuck in Italy. Well, virtually stuck in Italy. And I am not complaining. Italy is one of my favorite European countries. You see, I started a virtual wine tour, so I could enjoy both wine and food from different wine regions all over the world. I merrily ate and drank my way through … Continue reading Nebbiolo, Agnolotti dal Plin and the Piedmont Region (Italia)

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