Washington Wine of the Week – Selections for Fall, 2018

For the week of December 16, 2018: Townshend Cellar 2017 Pinot Gris – From the Spokane winery: a Pinot Gris that’s fragrant (ambrosia, tropical fruit) tasty (Granny Smith apple, pear and plenty of lemon/lime flavors on a crisp finish) and highly affordable (only about $10-$12 a bottle). This is a great wine to purchase in […]

Looking for Something Different? Give Marselan a Tray

Bodega Garzon 2016 Marselan Reserve – The Marselan grape is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache; and that puts it squarely in the middle on acidity and tannin levels and gives it instant, crowd-pleasing appeal. This selection from the Uruguay winery carries a whiff of savory herbs on the nose, understated flavors of inky […]

At Home on Whidbey Island: Wine Bars and Tasting Rooms

This article originally appeared, in part, in the December, 2018 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine Whidbey Island wine enthusiasts have reason to be happy. In addition to seven wineries clustered around the southern half of the island, the north end of Whidbey lays claim to two outstanding venues that are perfect for wine tasting: The […]

Selections from Rodney Strong Vineyards Make Great Wines for the Holidays

Sonoma Valley’s Rodney Strong Vineyards has a long tradition of producing solid wines at affordable prices. Here’s a sample trio of choices that should work well at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or anytime during the Christmas/Hanukkah holiday season: 2017 Rose of Pinot Rose – Mouth-watering red berry and green melon flavors, a hint of sweet […]

This Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake Pairs Perfectly with Port and Port-Style Wines

From a 1995 recipe by Zacchoreli Frescobaldi-Grimaldi. Served with a Thurston Wolfe Touriga Nacional Port at Dan’s “Big, Bold Red Wines” wine class at Bellingham Technical College. Anyone who loves chocolate will love flourless chocolate cake. I’m sure that this type of formula has been around for ages, but the flourless chocolate cake enjoyed maximum […]

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