Monthly Archives: February 2014

Whatcom County Wineries Producing Noteworthy Releases

Today I’d like to focus on a few local wineries and some of the more notable wines they’ve been producing as of late. Located at 2001 Iowa Street in Bellingham, Bill and Jennifer Kimmerly at Masquerade Wine Company have several current releases worth checking out…at price points to fit nearly every budget. Their white wine […]

Columbia Winery Rolls Out New Label, New Wines

Woodinville’s Columbia Winery has a new label and four nicely priced wines produced by winemaker Sean Hails that have recently been released. Hails is an Ontario, Canada native who gained experience in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and California before moving to Columbia in 2012. Here are my tasting notes on the wines, each of which […]

Vancouver, Seattle to Host Must-Attend Wine Festivals

This is the time of year I like to mention a couple of regional wine festivals that readers frequently ask about and I’m happy to recommend as standout events. Each of these close-to-home wine tastings gives you an opportunity to meet and chat with scores of winemakers and distributors while getting a great cross-sample of […]

LaConner’s Silver Bell is Everything a Boutique Winery Should Be

Located about 45 minutes south of Bellingham, the town of LaConner has a variety of amenities that make it a great day-trip destination. There’s a nice folksy/artsy feel to this community, with a handful of bed and breakfasts, inns and restaurants and, most importantly for us wineophiles, a terrific little winery. I first visited Alan […]

Stand-Alone Varietal or Blend: Washington Syrah Finds its Niche

Last February I wrote about the virtues of Washington syrah, a somewhat underappreciated varietal that still takes a back seat to cabernet sauvignon and merlot as a distant third in the state’s red wine production. That isn’t to say the grape hasn’t continued to grow in popularity and earn its share of recognition. There’s been […]