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 […]

Wine Class at BTC

1:30 to 4:30 pm – Beginning Wine Tasting. The perfect class for those just getting started with wines. The format will be relaxed, yet informative, with plenty of wines to sample. No wine snob attitudes permitted! Click on the Wine Classes Page for more information.

Food & Wine Class at the Harborside Bistro

7:00 to 9:00 pm – Join Dan and Harborside Bistro Chef Joe Merkling for an evening of Pacific Northwest food and wines. This event will be held at the Hotel Bellwether on the Bellingham waterfront. Click on the Wine Classes Page for more information.


Northstar Winery 2004 (about $20): Taking a cue from public demand, Northstar Winery in Walla Walla has now begun producing small quantities of Semillon under its “Stella Blanca” label. This is one of the better Semillons I’ve tried as of late, and barrel fermentation in new French oak is part of the reason. This process […]

Barossa Valley is Australia’s Premiere Growing Region

I had the privilege of meeting with Stuart Bourne, winemaker for Barossa Valley Estate, during his visit to Bellingham last month. The Barossa Valley is home to about 25,000 acres of vineyards and is recognized as the premium grape growing region of Australia. Highly personable, Bourne has the wonderful, playful air of an old college […]

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