How would explain [topic] over a glass of wine

Conversational writing isn’t easy for everyone. Defined as making your writing sound like a conversation between two people, it can be a struggle to put thoughts into words in that particular way. Why? My theory is that during our grade school, high school and college years, our noses are buried in text books and aContinue reading “How would explain [topic] over a glass of wine”

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. InContinue reading “A brief look at automation in winemaking (and a flashback to Januik)”

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 venturedContinue reading “A Visit to Cave B Estate Winery”

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 leastContinue reading “Female Winemakers In Washington State – A Steady Increase”

A New Home and a Better Attitude, Thanks in Part to Good Wine

I whined quite a bit in my previous post about how hard it was to look for a new house.  Well, on the house front, after some patience and many more tours, we finally found a home we liked and wanted to call our own. While looking at homes, I critiqued each one the way IContinue reading “A New Home and a Better Attitude, Thanks in Part to Good Wine”

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

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 summerContinue reading “Superbowl, BBQ Chicken and The Velvet Devil”

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 wasContinue reading “Raising A Glass to the Marketplace Wine Bar in Spokane, WA”

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 wasContinue reading “Bartholomew Winery Visit and Tasting”

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 bothContinue reading “Barrister Winery Tour and Tasting – A Wonderful Experience Part 2”