Who Is Aryn Morell? I Surely Know Now! I Must admit as much as I am Captain Washington, Aryn Morell wasn’t in my wheelhouse until this review. Aryn Morell is originally from Western Washington and was a top golfer growing up. He attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), for their golf program and […]
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What is a Transition Wine?? It is that one wine or one grape varietal that changed your palate so much, that it transitioned you into a whole new world of wine. I get asked often, what made me Captain Washington. What was my transition wine that had me so enamored with the wines from Washington […]
Read More A Black Tongue Made Me Captain Washington!
It truly is the most ridiculous comment and train of thought I hear from Restaurant and Retail Shop Owners as well as from Red Wine Lovers… “I Hate Syrah” Others include: “Syrah doesn’t sell in this state” (Insert State of Choice). “I drink Cabs, Merlots, Bordeaux but don’t give me Syrah”. It was bad enough […]
Read More If You LIKE Red Wine You Can’t HATE Syrah!!
The Toughest Part Of My Job It’s something that most in my business can’t do but I based my entire somm career on my credibility. Reviewing the wines made by people you discovered and whom became friends with is like having to say your wife’s meatloaf is the best you ever had…but not if you […]
Read More Moonspell Cab Gets a Big Needed Facelift!
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 […]
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It’s March!! When the Evergrape State will be having festivities and Restaurants in the PNW will be featuring some deals all throughout the month on local wines from Washington as March is Taste Washington Wine Month. The problem that existed 20 years ago still exists today in Restaurants and Retailers and Wholesale Distribution…. […]
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Red Mountain A.V.A Captain Washington is happy to see that the new members to ABC Fine Wine and Spirit’s Block Wine Family is including a couple of more from Washington State. I notice that almost all except one are all made by Precept Brands in their Waterbrook Walla Walla large facility. What I like is […]
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Tough To Do Reviews On Friends See!!! I am a sucker for Dimples!! Those of you who have been regular blog readers from over 10 years ago, you know that I have talked about this lady above Annette Bergevin AKA :Dimples, AKA : Wine Gal. In 2002 the shared dreams of 2 best friends of […]
Read More The Devil…She’s Back In My Life!
This Winery AGAIN?? I know it seems odd that I just reviewed a Merlot from Bergevin Lane and showed another picture of Annette Bergevin. Trust me, we are not in collaboration. I love Annette and the Winery but Annette will be the first to tell you that if I don’t like a vintage of their […]
Read More Washington Red Blend…”Cat Got My Tongue”?
Still Down On Merlot From The Film Sideways?? After this film and still in effect today, Merlot Sales Plummeted and Pinot Noir Sales went up. In the end of the film however, the main character Miles who was hating on Merlot was in a greasy spoon drinking his prized possession bottle of wine :1961 Chateau […]
Read More Are You Still Down on “Merlot”? STOP!!!