Washington Wine of the Week – Selections for Fall, 2019

For the week of December 15, 2019: VanArnam Vineyards 2015 Merlot – Kent and Allison VanArnam are doing a terrific job at their Zillah winery, with a great tasting room overlooking the Yakima Valley and a devoted fan base that is dedicated to the winery’s well-made wines. This Merlot strikes a nice balance between a […]

For Some Wineries, the Freshest New Releases are in the Can

This article originally appeared in the December, 2019 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine Remember the now long-forgotten inferiority stigma attached to screw-cap wines when they started to enter the mainstream marketplace? It’s safe to say that canned wines are going to follow that same path; questionable in quality by some, but only until they try […]

Wine Dinner Series Announced for 2019/2020

Dan is pleased to announced that he’ll be moderating a series of three wine dinners at North Bellingham Golf Course’s 9Restaurant during the fall and winter months. This season’s dinners include: October 19, 2019 – Bodega Garzon, featuring Mele Sosa, Brand Ambassador December 7, 2019 – Townshend Cellars, featuring Brendon Townshend January 25, 2020 – […]

Wine Judging Requires Swirling, Sniffing, and Tasting Your Way Through a Lot of Wine

This article originally appeared in the October, 2019 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine Tell someone you’re taking part in a wine judging and you’re likely to hear how “lucky” you are. Drinking all of those wines has to be fun, right? Certainly there’s an element of enjoyment to the process;  and most judges would probably […]

Washington Wine of the Week – Selections for Summer, 2019

For the week ending September 15, 2019: Chehalem 2018 INOX Chardonnay – This week we head south into Oregon’s Willamette Valley for a Chardonnay that’s simply too good to ignore. Despite it’s stainless steel upbringing, this is a wine with considerable depth, character and flavor. The lemon/citrus core is surrounded with a lovely, creamy texture, […]

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