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Why do many wineries release such young red wines?

Lately, I’ve been wondering why it seems so many wineries are releasing such young red wines – many of which, clearly need more time in the bottle. I fired off the following questions to some experts up here in the Washington Wine industry: • Why do you think we see so many red wines in […]

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What the heck is Terroir and does it matter?

Before I even start down this road, I invite those who want to flame me for the title alone – go ahead. Over the last several years, we here in America (the “New World” of wine) have been seeing and hearing the French word “Terroir” thrown around with reckless abandon and quite frankly, most people […]

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Everyone should have some “I’m sick” wine on-hand

You may have noticed I haven’t posted a review up in a few days and that’s because I’m suffering from a cold right now and feel it’s throwing my palate off balance. But this got me in an experimental mood. I took some wines which I haven’t touched in a few days after leaving them […]

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Wine Terminology – Why?

Some folks are going to scoff at this post – but then again, who am I to care? I can’t help but wonder why we, as wine drinkers, get caught up into using the industry venacular when it comes to our wine? Here are a few examples of words I wish we (as Americans) could […]

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Support your favorite wineries… buy direct

As it snows outside this after noon, I can’t help but feel inspired to jot down a little memo to the wine drinkers out there who not only enjoy travelling to various wine-regions (which all of us should be doing anyway), but also may find themselves drawn to certain wineries. What I’m about to get […]

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8 “survival” tips for large-scale Wine Events

I’m always amazed at the volume of people willing to pay well over $100 to get into wine events under the notion that they’ll somehow get the chance to properly sample tons of wine – the primary problem is, however, that these events do not cater to helping one develop a good palate for what’s […]

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It’s no wonder “they” think we’re snobs…

I just noticed something today (I know, call me slow) on the Taste Walla Walla website that I find highly disturbing and whomever decided to put this up is really out of touch with what’s going on: Attire: Attire for this event is business casual. What the heck is that all about? It’s no wonder […]

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“I’m not sure if I like Wine”

I hear it all the time from people – “I’m just not sure I like wine; it seems bitter.” The wine-snobs of the world would turn away with complete disregard to these comments as most of them have forgot the world in which they started their wine-journey. The reality is that the wine industry at […]

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Why Wine Ratings Suck….

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about how enamored the wine industry is with the 100-point rating system developed by the esteemed Robert Parker. It’s so set into stone that it’s become the universal system of rating wine; however, it has some grossly flawed issues with it that all too many folks seem to […]

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