About the Wine Guy
Greetings fellow wine lovers!
I’m a lifetime resident of Washington whose interest in wines began in the early 1980’s as Northwest wines began their rise in popularity. I’ve traveled extensively to wineries in the Pacific Northwest and attended a number of wine festivals – including the Tri-Cities Wine Festival in Eastern Washington for the last 33 years.
I wrapped up a nearly 16-year tenure as writer of a weekly wine column for The Bellingham Herald in 2015. I currently write for a number of Northwest publications including Wine Press Northwest, Bellingham Alive and North Sound Life magazines as well as DiscoverWashingtonWine.com.
I’m also president of the Whatcom Beer & Wine Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes Pacific Northwest breweries and wineries while raising funds for local human and social service agencies. The Foundation’s two major events include the Bellingham Beer and Music Festival in June and the Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival in August.
(Pictured above: From the Esquire Network’s “Uncorked” series, New York Sommelier Yannick Benjamin (at left) with Dan at the Taste Washington event in Seattle.)
I began teaching wine classes at Bellingham Technical College in 2004. Classes generally average two to three hours once or twice a quarter on Saturday afternoons. Be sure to check the Page titled Wine Classes for current information. These have been well-received and are a perfect opportunity to meet with me and get some hands-on training about wines.
Most everyone I’ve met in the wine industry has been eager to share their experiences as well as their wine, which makes my job a lot easier. There is a lot of good, quality wine being produced in the Pacific Northwest, so get out there and start tasting!
My philosophies about wine: Drink what you like, don’t be afraid to share with others what you taste, and above all…have fun!