Annabella: Good, Reasonably Priced Wines from California

Mike Peterson, owner of Bellingham’s The Vines wine shop and Du Jour Bistro recently recommended that I try a couple of new arrivals he enjoyed from California. He thought they tasted as good as wines that were twice the price – and he was right. The wines were from Annabella, one of three labels produced […]

Grape & Gourmet

5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Best Western Lakeway in Bellingham. 50 local restaurants and wineries will be featured, with proceeds going to the Bellingham Bay Rotary for the support of local and international organizations. Cost is $75 with attendance limited to 750. Phone (360) 671-4072 for more information.

Lost River Winery Earning Acclaim

Added Note: Lost River Winery 2003 Merlot received a silver medal at the Tri-Cities Wine Festival on November 12, 2005. Lost River Winery burst onto the Washington wine scene last year when its 2002 Columbia Valley Merlot earned best of show honors at the Tri-Cities Wine Festival in Pasco. The winery is another of those […]

Pinot Noir

Eola Hills Winery 2004 (about $12): A little more full-bodied than the Pinots you might be used to, I considered this a to be a plus when I recently tried this newer release from Oregon. Bright cherry and cranberry flavors are the highlight of a wine that tastes so good, you’ll swear it costs much […]

Merlot vs. Pinot Noir: You be the Judge

If you saw the critically acclaimed movie, “Sideways,” you know that one of the lead characters was constantly preaching the virtues of the delicate, yet finicky Pinot Noir grape while constantly bashing the more popular Merlot. My theory for the outcry – which led to a nationwide increase in Pinot Noir consumption – is that […]

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