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 […]

Whatcom County Wineries Look to Bounce Back

This article originally appeared in the October, 2018 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine Any business has its ups and downs, and the Whatcom County wine industry is no different. It wouldn’t even be a stretch to say that the county has been in a bit of a downward cycle as of late, contracting from a […]

Washington Wine of the Week – Selections for Summer, 2018

For the week of September 16, 2018: San Juan Vineyards 2016 Siegerrebe – As summer winds down, a chilled bottle of Siegerrebe makes a great choice for those looking for a refreshing white wine. Sourced from estate-grown grapes, it carries beautiful floral and spicy aromatics, with generous citrus and ruby red grapefruit flavors along with […]

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