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 […]Read More This Wine’s Comin’ Round The Mountain!
95% of customers I assist with recommendations whether buying for themselves or for someone else, ask for a Red Wine. I think the reason for this is that most wine consumers only think of White Wine as Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. There are thousands of other grape varietals that produce white wines […]Read More Dreaming Of A WHITE Wine Christmas
The 6Th Thoughtless Gift! I have said it over and over and will start saying it over and over again as we get into the Gift Buying Season. The reasoning that consumers buy Wines And Spirits that are commercially available in every single Restaurant and Retailer and the Reason the person you are buying for […]Read More I Practice What I Preach!
Folks this is not bias. As you know my nickname is “Captain Washington” I have never been to the State. It is getting so difficult to review the wines coming from this area of the world because I have to be tougher on them than California. In Napa you expect overpriced and mostly a lot […]Read More Beso! Beso Mi Washington Wine
What Are Block Wines? Like the first sign says we deal with famous “California” vineyards that have leftover juice from a specific vintage and grapes and they produce a limited amount of wine just for ABC Fine Wine and Spirits. The Block numbers are some sort of significance to the Bailes Family that owns ABC. […]Read More New WINES on The BLOCK From Washington!!
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!!!
Wine Collectors Will The Wine Outlive Them? Over my career in Wine as a Sommelier I have met so many Wine Collectors on a large or small level and they are on mailing lists and belong to wine clubs and they buy Futures and Auction Wines. In every review of a wine in any of […]Read More Drink..Or Hold? Drink..Or Hold? I SAY DRINK!!
Definition Of An Advocate ad-vo-cate (noun) a person who supports or publicly recommends a particular cause, policy or product I Am An Advocate Of Washingto State Wine #CaptainWashington Everyday for the last 15 years I have been either in a Restaurant or Wine Bar or Retail Shop Committing my Life to Not Just the preaching […]Read More The Washington State Wine ADVOCATE Reviews “THE ADVOCATE”
I hear it everyday 20-50 times from guests. I Don’t LIKE MERLOT. Ask them what their favorite wine is and they say Petrus from Pomerol. FYI… 100% Merlot. Ever since the movie Sideways, the Pinot Noir Industry Spiked and Merlot Tanked. Washington State Merlot when tasted blind, is never guess by the customer as being […]Read More Merlot Gets A Bad Rap!!