Archive for the ‘Washington State’ Category

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 ...

Much Merriment

Friday, September 25th, 2009 Posted in but not outrageous, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Expensive, Merlot, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

A nice little birthday dinner for the Mrs. Barbarian of the household and once again we visited her favorite haunt. She loves to explore the menu, trying new things. Me? I order the same thing every time: New York Strip, ...

A Washington Pinot from California?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Posted in Cheap and Red, Pinot Noir, Washington State | No Comments »

Americans have occasionally been shown to be ... shall we say "geographically challenged". Your humble Barbarian however, always knows where he is, and normally can find just about any place on a map. Navigation to me is an enjoyable ...

A Tale of Two Carmenères: Beresan & Root:1

Friday, May 15th, 2009 Posted in but not outrageous, Carmenère, Chile, Expensive, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season ...

Sometimes you get what you pay for.

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 Posted in but not outrageous, California, Cheap and Red, Expensive, Sonoma, Syrah, Washington State | No Comments »

A few nights ago I opened two bottles of Syrah. The first was one of our old standby's, Cameron Hughes Lot 105 2004 Sonoma Mountain Syrah. I bought a case of this a while ago and we love it. Mrs. ...

Pleasant Discovery: Fall Line Winery 2005 Red

Monday, April 6th, 2009 Posted in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, On Somebody Else's Tab, Washington State | No Comments »

Mrs. Barbarian & I went out for dinner last night. It was Christmas Eve and we'd done nothing to prepare, so when the better half declared "let's go out" I was already dialling our favorite small town bistro for a ...

Basel Cellars 2006 Claret

Thursday, March 19th, 2009 Posted in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Syrah, Walla Walla, Washington State | 1 Comment »

Horrible photograph of a very nice wine. Sorry for the lack of posts lately... I came down with the flu a while ago and it utterly destroyed my senses of smell and taste for weeks. I've been recovering and along the ...

Owen Roe 2006 Cabernet Franc “Rosa Mystica”

Thursday, December 25th, 2008 Posted in but not outrageous, Cabernet Franc, Expensive, Oregon, Washington State | No Comments »

This that Cab Franc I mentioned in my last post. It is from Owen Roe, and named "Rosa Mystica" The bottle features a moody photograph of a ruined Irish abbey and tells tales of the misdeeds of the evil Oliver ...

Pleasant Discovery: Fall Line Winery 2005 Red

Thursday, December 25th, 2008 Posted in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Merlot, On Somebody Else's Tab, Washington State | 1 Comment »

Mrs. Barbarian & I went out for dinner last night. It was Christmas Eve and we'd done nothing to prepare, so when the better half declared "let's go out" I was already dialling our favorite small town bistro for a ...