About the Wine Guy

Dan with friend Dana Johnston

Greetings fellow wine lovers!

I’m a lifetime resident of Washington whose interest in wines began in the early 1980’s as Northwest wines also began their rise in popularity. I’ve traveled extensively to wineries in the Pacific Northwest, attended countless wine festivals, and judged a number of competitions, including the Great Northwest Wine 2021 and 2022 Platinum Awards.

I wrapped up a nearly 16-year tenure as writer of a weekly wine column for The Bellingham Herald in 2015. I’ve also contributed to several Northwest publications including Great Northwest Wine and Bellingham Alive magazines as well as DiscoverWashingtonWine.com.

I’m also president of the Whatcom Beer & Wine Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes Pacific Northwest wineries while raising funds for human and social service agencies. The Foundation’s major event is the Bellingham NW Wine Competition, which takes place every July. Our 8th annual event moved to Walla Walla in 2023 and was rebranded as the Pacific Northwest Wine Competition. The competition was held at Walla Walla Community College and attracted 557 entries from 110 wineries in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

I began teaching wine classes at Bellingham Technical College in 2004 and “retired” from the adjunct faculty in 2020. And while time in the classroom is great, by far, the best way to learn about wine is simply to get out there and start tasting!  The Northwest is blessed with all the ingredients for world class wine…geography, climate, and talented winemakers. So make it a point to go visit wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms!

My philosophies about wine: Drink what you like, don’t be afraid to share with others what you taste, and above all…have fun!

Dan Radil

Contacts: dan@danthewineguy.com