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 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

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

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 I … Continue 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 prepared … Continue 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 summer … Continue 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 was … Continue 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 was … Continue 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 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