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 […]

Coeur d’Alene Cellars Has Local Ties

Most people like to hear a “local boy makes good” story. I think a “local boy makes good wine” story sounds even better. Let me fill you in on the details. Bob Harris, a graduate of Sehome High School, is co-owner of newcomer Coeur d’Alene Cellars, located about 45 minutes east of Spokane. Along with […]

Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Cristalino Cava Brut Non-Vintage (about $8): A terrific Spanish sparkler with a some apple and citrus flavors and a crisp, dry finish. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better sparkling wine in this price range.

Barrister Reds Continue to Impress

Added Note: Barrister Winery 2003 Red Mountain Merlot received a silver medal at the Tri-Cities Wine Festival on November 12, 2005 and was also was voted as the People’s Choice. Those attorneys from Spokane are back again and they’re making my life difficult. No, there’s nothing litigious involved, it’s just attorney/winemakers Greg Lipsker and Michael […]

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