2020 Washington State Wine Tour Guide released

By |2023-01-20T06:01:15-07:00February 28th, 2020|

The 2020 Washington State Wine Tour Guide is out! You can read a digital copy here. Order a copy here. This year I had the pleasure of writing an article called "20/20 Vision," looking at the evolution of Washington wine over the decades and where things are headed. The article starts on page 16. Enjoy!

Decanted podcast

By |2023-01-20T06:01:15-07:00February 17th, 2020|

I had the pleasure of doing a podcast with Dave and Sandi at Decanted along with Dr. Owen Bargreen of Washington Wine Blog. In the episode, Owen and I talk about how we got into wine, work/life balance, how we critique wine, practical strategies for those wanting to learn more about wine, cork taint, and more. Give it Read more...

An example of why smelling a wine cork matters

By |2023-01-20T06:01:15-07:00February 6th, 2020|

Recently I wrote about the importance of smelling the cork when opening a bottle of wine. The argument goes that it gives another opportunity to pick up cork taint – a contaminant, such as trichloroanisole (TCA), that ruins wines and can alternately make them smell or taste muted or, at higher levels, like a moldy basement. I Read more...

It’s time to drink more f#%king Merlot

By |2023-01-20T06:01:15-07:00February 2nd, 2020|

The movie Sideways came out in 2004. Merlot has paid its penance. While Merlot has slipped from consumer consciousness over the past 15 years – though to be clear it remains among the most consumed wines in the U.S. – it’s hard to remember just how dominant the variety was at the end of the Read more...

Go to Top