Does that water you drink make you feel SMART? Is that frozen dinner really HEALTHY? Does that white wine make you RELAX over any other white wine? This is marketing catch phrases. Marketing companies are paid the big bucks to figure out in a competitive market how to get you to choose their product […]Read More Gluten Free, Vegan, Organic, Labeling?
Most retailers and restaurant wine lists carry either very little or literally none of the wines from Greece. Somewhere some consumer had a petrol tasting Retsina and they pegged the entire country of Greece as low quality wines. In fact, they are some of the greatest and food friendly wines in the world. We […]Read More It’s Greek To Me !!!
Washington State Syrah…NOPE! Washingon State Anything….NOPE! Greek Wines…NOPE! Roero Arneis.. NOPE! Pinotage , South Africa….NOPE! FINALLY…after years and years and years of marketing and focusing on any grape that starts with the word Pinot…as in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc… Oregon…YES!!!!! Even though I personally and others have been preaching the gospel for […]Read More It’s Willamette DAMN-IT!!
Whether a retail store or restaurant wine list, we sommeliers get asked this question 50-100 times per day. Where are your Cabernets?! At the store location I work at we have 8 Sections or more full of wine from all over the world and 95% gravitate to one area and never view the rest […]Read More Where Is Your Cabernet Section? Umm?
South Tyrol better known to Italians as Alto Adige includes part of the Dolomites. Austrians in German call that area Süditrol. Italians say they feel like they are living in Italy but feel like they are Austrian. It used to be considered part of Austria right up in the Alps. Either way there is […]Read More Monasteries Make Great Wines!
As soon as I suggest to a consumer retail or in Restaurants, Italian Wine, they hold their hands up and say they don’t like Chianti and they hate Pinot Grigio. I need you to be a little more open minded because in my professional opinion, no other country that produces wine has something for […]Read More Italy: Wines For Every Palate
Happy July 4th. You know how I feel about “Rosé Season” There shouldn’t be one! Drink Pink all year. 99% of consumers ask for Rosés from Provence in the South of France. I think on America’s Independence Day, July 4th should be all about Patriotism. Of course California and New York and many other states […]Read More Rosé Made In The USA!
It’s been many years but it’s time for me to take a vacation. As much as i speak about the fine wines of Washington State, I have never been there. I decided it was about time!. I will have lots to blog about when I return. Of course you can follow my adventures on […]Read More Take a “Wine-Cation”
Just like any other holiday, gift giving has two different theories especially when it comes to Wine and Spirits. Trust me! Even if you don’t know what to get your father and you ask someone that knows what he drinks, they are 99.9% going to text you a picture or suggest a wine or […]Read More Wine And Whisky For Dad!
There are a handful of countries or wine producing regions that consumers think of in a negative way as low end wine. Australia, Greece, New York State, South Africa, and Sadly, Chile. Somehow, consumers believe Chile is the home of large format table wines and lower end bulk wines. That couldn’t be further from […]Read More Warmer Weather.. Get Chile!