Monthly Archives: December 2005

Smaller Wineries Like Hightower Cellars Can Provide Great Service

I’d like to close out the year by acknowledging the scores of smaller wineries in the Pacific Northwest. I always struggle with how to classify these wineries. Mom and Pop operation sounds like a casual hobby that got out of control. Boutique winery gives the impression of something inaccessible and standoffish. I think “handcrafted” fits […]

Wine Tasting at the Zephyr Bistro

I’ll be hosting a wine tasting event at the Zephyr Bistro on Bellwether Way in Bellingham from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Included in the tasting will be a selection of gold medal winners from this years Tri-Cities Wine Festival. Cost will be $10 per person.

Try a Sparkling Wine From Spokane’s Mountain Dome

Any time is a good time to enjoy champagne and sparkling wines, but as we approach New Year’s Eve even more people seem to pop the cork on a bottle or two as a matter of tradition. If that’s the case for you, let me suggest a couple of selections from a Pacific Northwest winery […]


March, 2006 Update: Bad news! I received word from Michael Burnett that the ’03 vintage has sold out (although you might find a stray bottle here and there)! But look for the ’04 vintage to be released sometime during spring, 2006. Chuckanut Ridge 2003 Bad Bunny (about $18): Winemakers John Powers and Michael Burnett smash […]


Basel Cellars 2002 (about $24): This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc absolutely rocked my world. Gobs of big, lush, jammy berry fruit flavors and a touch of spice on the finish make it one of the best wines I tasted in calendar year 2005. This is the type of red wine from […]