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.

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 […]

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