October 3, 2018

How I wish this sort of tasting experience had been available when I was studying for my Court of Master Sommelier exams. But don't think for a moment the value of these curated collections is limited to wine professionals studying for exams. That's why I'm so excited....

August 15, 2018

During a recent trip to see friends in the Willamette Valley, we made a visit to Sokol Blosser. It had been quite some time since any of us had been there. We should not have stayed away so long!

The hospitality was great, both in the new tasting room and the original b...

November 12, 2017

If you are visiting the Willamette Valley, or passing through Newberg, OR on your way elsewhere, be sure to stop at Valley Wine Merchants.  Proprietor Andrew Turner is one of the most pleasant, knowledgeable people you'll meet in the Valley.

His shop includes...

August 1, 2017

Beer—really—on the "Wine Finds" page?

Yup.  Sometimes something other than a glass of wine is needed, despite how lovely wine is on all occasions!  For example, a Master Sommelier friend is also well-versed on sake.  So, when enjoying sushi with him, sake is the pairing...

July 26, 2017

While passing through Boise, we purchased a number of Idaho wines. This Chenin Blanc was quite nice. Not French/Loire, not South African "Steen," and not California Chenin. Unique, AVA specific, and well done!

July 12, 2017

This wine is a perfect illustration of the importance of knowing your importer. That is especially true if you like, or think you would like, Old World wines but you hesitate to purchase a bottle because the language or region on the front label is unfamiliar....

July 4, 2017

Cal-Am wine class members take note! If you are passing through the Willamette Valley on your way back to Arizona, don't miss Emerson Vineyards in Monmouth, OR.

Susan & I found Emerson because they are part of the Harvest Host program. If you are an RVer, you owe it to...

June 29, 2017

If you are anywhere near Boise, ID, or you can arrange to be, pay a visit to the Boise Wine Co-op. This is another wine retailer that deserves your serious attention. 

Susan & I stopped one afternoon, looking for Idaho wines. We were very pleased with the...

June 29, 2017

Idaho wine? Darned right.

We all know—at least, all who are seriously interested in wine— wine is made in each of the 50 states. Doesn't mean good wine is being made. But the Split Rail Wines (Boise, ID) aren't in that category. The Split Rail wines are keepers, worth a...

June 29, 2017

Coenobium was mentioned in the post about Divino Wine & Spirits in Denver. Here's the wine. As you can see, it is a blend of Trebbiano (45%), Malvasia (35%), and Verdicchio (20%). 

One of the most charming attributes of the wine is not what's in the bottle, although it...

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