Monthly Archives: January 2006

Tempranillo: A Nice Alternative to Cab

If you enjoy red wines, you may recall my suggestion a few weeks ago to take a step off the beaten path and try Lemberger for a change of pace. Although it’s not exactly a mainstream varietal, it’s got plenty of appeal for fruit-forward wine drinkers and won’t cost you a small fortune. This week […]

Sparkling Wine

Argyle Winery 2000 Brut (about $19): From Oregon’s Willamette Valley, this sparkling wine features citrus aromas with layers of pear, baked apple and vanilla flavors that melt into a long, yet crisp finish. Widely distributed and available locally at several wine shops and grocers.


Fairview 2004 (about $18): This wine from South Africa really impressed me with its multi-tiered flavors of pear, dried apricot and hints of orange and citrus. It should pair well with a wide variety of lighter seafood and shellfish dishes. Available at Compass Wines in Anacortes and the Purple Smile in Bellingham. Domaine Astruc 2004 […]

Purple Smile Provides Another Great Wine Venue for Bellingham

The Purple Smile, located at 1143 11th Street in Bellingham has been up and running for a couple of months and provides local wine enthusiasts with another great venue for sampling and purchasing wines. Owner Jeff Wicklund has really done a fine job of establishing his shop in the heart of Fairhaven’s business district. Wrapped […]

Colvin Vineyards Focuses on Reds, Bordeaux-Style Blends

Add Colvin Vineyards to the list of many wineries from Walla Walla that are producing great wines that deserve your attention. Owner/Winemaker Mark Colvin began operations in 1999 – with particular emphasis on red wines and Bordeaux-style blends – and has already achieved high praise and numerous awards for many of his wines. I recently […]