Monthly Archives: November 2005

New to Wines? Sweet, Pink and Cheap Might be the Place to Start

One evening not too long ago there was a knock on my door. Two young women from a party across the street didn’t have a corkscrew and needed help opening a bottle of wine. I examined the bottle, which appeared to be something large, sweet and pink from a winery based in Modesto, California. I […]

Winemaker’s Dinner at Bistecca Restaurant: Update

This event has been sold out! Here’s a perfect opportunity to see how important (and enjoyable) it is to have a good food/wine pairing for the optimal dining experience. I’ve chosen five premium Northwest wines and Bistecca Chef Marc Eilberg will design and prepare a five-course meal around those selections. Featured wines will include; San […]

Unpretentious Atmosphere at Paradisos del Sol

When visiting Northwest wineries you’re never certain what you might find. From large, antiseptic corporate venues to rustic mom and pop operations, Washington truly has them all. Last summer I came across Paradisos del Sol winery, located near Zillah, which is about a 15 minute drive east of Yakima. This has to be one of […]

2005 Harvest Update

After spending time chatting with Eastern Washington winemakers over the past several weeks the word on the 2005 harvest appears to be good. Of course we really won’t know the final verdict until everything is in the bottle and we start drinking the wines in another two to three years. But overall, everyone appears to […]

2005 Tri-Cities Wine Festival Gold Medal Winners

Best of Show: River’s Edge Winery 2003 Barrel Select Pinot Noir Double Gold: Columbia Crest 2002 Reserve Merlot Pend d’Oreille Winery 2003 Syrah Stephenson Cellars 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Gold: Apex II Cellars 2002 Merlot Barnard Griffin 2003 Reserve Merlot C.R. Sandidge 2004 KISS Pinot Noir Canoe Ridge 2004 Chardonnay Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Canoe Ridge […]