2005 Harvest Update

After spending time chatting with Eastern Washington winemakers over the past several weeks the word on the 2005 harvest appears to be good. Of course we really won’t know the final verdict until everything is in the bottle and we start drinking the wines in another two to three years. But overall, everyone appears to […]

2005 Tri-Cities Wine Festival Gold Medal Winners

Best of Show: River’s Edge Winery 2003 Barrel Select Pinot Noir Double Gold: Columbia Crest 2002 Reserve Merlot Pend d’Oreille Winery 2003 Syrah Stephenson Cellars 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Gold: Apex II Cellars 2002 Merlot Barnard Griffin 2003 Reserve Merlot C.R. Sandidge 2004 KISS Pinot Noir Canoe Ridge 2004 Chardonnay Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Canoe Ridge […]

Tri-Cities Wine Festival

This is one of my favorite wine festivals, primarily because it features several good wineries from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. Last year 83 wineries were represented at the festival. The picture below was the plaque awarded to last year’s best of show winner, the 2002 Merlot from Lost River Winery in Mazama, Washington. […]

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.

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