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?
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!!
Dusted Valley’s Second Label In 2003, Wisconsin natives Chad Johnson and Corey Braunel left the comforts of their corporate jobs to move to Walla Walla and fulfill their dream of crafting world-class wine. Combining Washington State grapes with their rough and tumble know-how and a sizeable piece of their souls, the family created Dusted Valley […]Read More Boomtown Trying To Please Everyone!!
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?
Domaine Remiziéres I deal with it everyday. “Where are your Cabs”? “I Hate Syrah” “Full Body Cabs” . I like Cabernet Sauvignon as much as the next Red Wine Lover. I refuse to believe that any Red Wine Lover truly doesn’t like Syrah. I say that with confidence not to be rude, cause every time […]Read More Don’t Like Syrah? Try Another One!
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!
Pannonia From Roman To Austrian Pannnonia was a province of the Roman Empire. Pannonia was located in the territory of present-day western Hungary eastern Austria and northwestern Croatia. Burgenland is a very unique sunny place and soil made up of clay, limestone , ancient rocks and gravel belongs to Austria. Ancient Grapes like Blaufrankisch, (Lemberger […]Read More Fun, Juicy Red From Austria
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
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”
This Is An OLD Vine The OLDEST Non Grafted Carmenere in the WORLD! Based in Almahue in Cachapoal and focused on old vine Carmenère, Clos de Luz has a boutique production. Owner Gabriel Edwards and winemaker Felipe Uribe have expanded to include Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Grenache in the production but the real gem of […]Read More Massal Wine With Mass-appeal