It’s Willamette DAMN-IT!!

  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 […]

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Boomtown Trying To Please Everyone!!

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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Italy: Wines For Every Palate

  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 […]

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Rosé Made In The USA!

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 […]

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Take a “Wine-Cation”

  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 […]

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Warmer Weather.. Get Chile!

  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 […]

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May I Have The Envelope Please?

  The Oscars and Emmys is way too long. Every once in awhile I like to put together The “Larrys” awards. A good handful of my favorite wines that I recommend in several different categories. There are some dark horse nominees that won this time but I think this is a good guide for my […]

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Spanish Wines Owe Jorge Ordonez !!

The Man Who Found Value In Spain When Jorge Ordóñez arrived in the United States in 1987, the international Spanish wine market was bleak. Jorge grew up in Málaga and managed his family’s wholesale wine business before arriving in the United States. As a result, he understood the potential market for Spanish wine in the […]

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The “Mercurey Is Rising In Burgundy

A Unique Area Of Burgundy, Mecurey In 2011, Benoît Eschard, an “Arts & Métiers” engineering graduate, decided to take over Domaine Jeannin-Naltet in Mercurey, from his uncle who was looking for a successor.Benoît’s motivation for taking it over was a more personal one. He was taking on, not just a family heritage, but a vineyard, […]

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