Monthly Archives: August 2014

Mercer Wine Estates to Unveil Eagle & Plow Label

The Mercer family, the first to plant vinifera in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills in 1972, announced the September 5 launch of the inaugural Eagle & Plow BLOCK 93 Cabernet Sauvignon, a new label created to support and benefit the servicemen and women and their families who have been impacted by the war on terrorism and […]

Swiftwater Cellars is Truly a Destination Winery Worth Visiting

Swiftwater Cellars bills itself as “Washington’s ultimate destination winery” and after spending a day there earlier this month, it would be difficult for me to argue otherwise. The facility is located about 80 miles east of Seattle, just a few minutes north of Interstate 90 near the towns of Roslyn and Cle Elum. Because of […]

Wine Flavor Profile Affected by a Number of Factors

One of the fun things about wine tasting is comparing and contrasting the flavor profile and characteristics of the same type of wine made by a different winery. If you’re relatively new to wines and haven’t tried this, your first reaction might be, doesn’t one merlot pretty much taste like any other merlot? To that […]

The Journey of 30 Years of Wine Festivals Begins With a Single Sip

Anyone with an interest in wines can probably recall the occasion or a particular wine that led to their wine tasting epiphany. For me, it was sometime in the early 1980’s. Then Bellingham resident Marsha Kremen (cousin of current Whatcom County Councilmember Pete Kremen) introduced me to a beautiful white wine called Macon Fuissé. At […]

With a Bit of Chilling Down, These Make Great Summertime Wines

We’ve certainly had some awesome weather this summer, haven’t we? Remember all the pouting and complaining about those wetter-than-normal months during the spring? That seems like a distant memory as we head into the thick of a beautiful summer season. Warm, sunny weather means that chilled wines are the order of the day. I’ve got […]