Monthly Archives: October 2007

Two Notable Food & Wine Events Featured in November

Two of my favorite fall food and wine events are coming in November – one local, one not quite so local – but neither should be missed, even if you have only a passing interest in wines. Bellingham Bay Rotary Club will host its annual Grape and Gourmet event on November 4 at the Bellingham […]

Spokane Offers Several Great Wineries

Like nearly every other area in Eastern Washington, Spokane has seen a significant increase in the number of wineries over the past few years. Three of my favorites during a recent visit included Lone Canary Winery, Robert Karl Cellars and Barrister Winery. Every time I stop by Lone Canary it seems as if winemaker Mike […]

Italy, Spain Provide Food Friendly Wines

This week we continue to look at wines from Europe, with a few more recommendations from Italy and Spain. When I think of Italian wine I think of sangiovese, and the LaCarraia 2005 Sangiovese (about $10) is a classic example of this varietal from the Umbria region of Italy. With medium body, restrained dark fruit […]

Ready for a Change of Pace? Try These Tasty, Affordable Wines From France

I’ve recently been enjoying a variety of red and white wines from France, Italy and Spain. If you seem to be stuck in a rut with the same old domestic label, consider moving out of your comfort zone and give these European wines a try. From the Gascony region of southwest France comes the LaLande […]

Cellar Your Wines Properly by Building Up a Home Inventory

It’s been said that the typical American cellars a bottle of wine for an average of 15 minutes – which is the amount of time it takes to purchase it at the grocery store, drive home and open up the bottle. Properly cellaring (or aging) your wine – particularly red wine – is important because […]