Category Archives: Past Articles

Zinfandel: Big and Flavorful But Plenty of Potential to be Reserved and Elegant, Too

This article originally appeared in the December, 2017 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine Zinfandel. Big, brambly, full-bodied, and a favorite of many; this oftentimes “brash” red wine grape is also perfectly capable of producing a more reserved and elegant flavor profile when needed. It’s that versatility that gives “Zin,” as members of its fan club […]

Hellam’s Vineyard Offers a Great Selection of Wines from France, Italy, and Boutique Washington Wineries

This article originally appeared in the November, 2017 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine Picture an “average” wine shop owner and you might envision a bespectacled, somewhat snobby old man who essentially turned his personal bottle collecting hobby into a 9-to-5 entrepreneurship. Jeff Hellam of Hellam’s Vineyard, a wine shop and wine bar in LaConner, couldn’t […]

Structure Cellars is Part of Seattle’s Hip, Expanding Sodo District Wine Scene

This article originally appeared in the October, 2017 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine Owning and operating your own winery might seem like a pretty cool occupation, but behind-the-scenes challenges requiring time, money, and sweat equity can make getting there a daunting task. The husband-and-wife team of Brian Grasso and Brandee Slosar know that firsthand. They’ve […]

Pacific Northwest Salmon and Wines: The Perfect Combination

This article originally appeared in the September, 2017 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine One of the great things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the availability of fresh, local seafood. Penn Cove mussels, oysters from Taylor Shellfish, and Puget Sound salmon are just a few of the many possibilities. Salmon is an especially prized […]

Left Coast Wines from Washington, Oregon and California are Enough to Keep Any Wine Lover Happy

This article originally appeared in the August, 2017 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine What would happen to the wine industry in the United States if, by some crazy chance, Washington, Oregon, and California were hit by a devastating plague that wiped out every vineyard in the three-state area? Would it be the “end of the […]