Archive for the ‘Washington State’ Category

A Reliable Go-To: Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Franc

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 Posted in Cabernet Franc, Washington State | No Comments »

I first tasted this wine at a local seafood & steakhouse. It is a great place and over the years I've become a "regular". The staff knows my name, and know what I like. I used to bring visiting business ...

Dusted Valley 2014 Cabernet Franc: Le Garçon Grand!

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 Posted in but not outrageous, Cabernet Franc, Expensive, Washington State | No Comments »

[caption width="552" id="attachment_364" align="alignnone"] Big Boy Cabernet Franc[/caption] Life had me traveling abroad for a few weeks, so I indulged myself of local wines along the way. I didn't bother to blog about them as they were universally outside of the ...

Best Value Red of 2016/17: CH Lot 575, 2014 Red Blend, Red Mountain, Washington State

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Syrah, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

Only in America will you find a winemaker who will mix a Rhone varietal into a classic Bordeaux blend. "America, Fuck Yeah!" This wine appeared in my autumn shipment mixed case from Cameron Hughes, and it was a revelation. After I ...

Cellar Treasure: Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Crest 2003 Red

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 Posted in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Petite Verdot, Washington State | No Comments »

This bottle has been laying about my family's cellars for well over a decade. First in my father's basement, and eventually mine, as my folks sold the family home earlier this year and the goods were distributed among the kids ...

A big, peppery kiss on the mouth: 2011 Result Of A Crush

Sunday, October 30th, 2016 Posted in Cheap and Red, Syrah, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

My most recent gig had me traveling a lot over the past year. So much so that I'm one flight away from "gold status" on my airline of choice, and only half my flights were with them this year. I ...

Dumas Station 2012 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cellar Treasures, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

Dumas Station is one of my personal treasures in the wine world. I stumbled upon them at a local eatery in my small town. By habit I tend to scroll right past the standard reds right to the "interesting reds" ...

You can not buy this wine.

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 Posted in Cellar Treasures, Malbec, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

But I will sell you the empty bottle! (Inquire within) WWV only made 125 cases, and then only sold it to their club members. As the TV ads from the 80s said, "Membership has its privileges." I have two more bottles ...

Cellar Treasure: 2002 “K” Syrah

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 Posted in Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Syrah, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

Apologies for the dearth of reviews of late, but I have basically limited my intake to the same Chilean wines I've been reviewing over the past year already. I figured you didn't want to experience deja vu all over again. ...

Raucous? yes. Wrecked us? Certainly.

Sunday, January 17th, 2010 Posted in Cheap and Red, Odds, Ends & Blends, The Spit Bucket, Washington State | No Comments »

When you think of great wine cultures your mind conjures up provinces of France, rugged struggling vines in Spain, fruit & nut Californians, enterprising Australians, and Carmenere-saving Chileans. Probably the last culture you would associate with viniculture are horn-helmeted raiders ...

Mystery Windfall

Sunday, November 15th, 2009 Posted in Oregon, Petite Sirah, Washington State | 1 Comment »

I'll let you in on a not-so-hidden secret: While I like wine quite a bit, I don't know much about wine. When I sit down to share what I thought about any particular wine it is usually a bit after ...