About the Wine Guy

Dan with friend Dana Johnston

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 past 34 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 and Bellingham Alive 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 major event is the Bellingham NW Wine Competition, which takes place every July.

I began teaching wine classes at Bellingham Technical College in 2004 and “retired” from the adjunct faculty in 2020. And while time in the classroom is great, by far, the best way to learn about wine is simply to get out there and start tasting!  The Northwest is blessed with all the ingredients for world class wine…geography, climate, and talented winemakers. So make it a point to go visit wineries, tasting rooms, vineyards, and production facilities. The opportunity is there and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

My philosophies about wine: Drink what you like, don’t be afraid to share with others what you taste, and above all…have fun!

Dan Radil

Contacts: dan@danthewineguy.com