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Phelps Insignia Dinner

| January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The most generous people I know are my wine friends. And it’s great to have a sizable group of those friends scattered about the country. It gets better if they have nice cellars and even better if they are great cooks and enjoy having wine dinners. Two months ago one of these wine cellar/chef guys […]

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Fifth Annual Pinot Days – Los Angeles

Fifth Annual Pinot Days – Los Angeles

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

I attended the Fifth Annual Pinot Days event on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Skirball Cultural Center in West Los Angeles.  Pinot Days is the brain child of Steven and Lisa Rigisich, who first held an exhibition devoted to Pinot Noir in San Francisco about a decade ago.  Its formula is simple – put […]

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A Visit with Steve Lagier and Carole Meredith

A Visit with Steve Lagier and Carole Meredith

| November 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you don’t mind driving up scary one-lane mountain passes, you MUST visit our Berserkers friends and winemaking/wine growing legends Steve Lagier and Carole Meredith of Lagier Meredith. The views are utterly breathtaking from atop their mountain estate off Dry Creek Road. What view would you like? Want to see Atlas Peak? How about the […]

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Decanter: Maconnais pushes for Premier Crus

| July 16, 2012

Decanter has an article on the southern Burgundy region’s quest for 1er cru designation: Vineyards in Macon have reached the next stage in their battle for promotion to Premier Cru status. Mathieu Bubel, marketing director of Maison Drouhin, which produces several Maconnais wines within its négociant label, told Decanter.com, ‘Visually, you can tell there are some […]

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Show Some Respect

Show Some Respect

| July 5, 2012

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WS: French Insurance Firm Buys Bordeaux’s Calon-Ségur

| July 4, 2012

The Wine Spectator has a news item of a major purchase in Bordeaux. The purchase includes 235 acres in St.-Estèphe, encompassing Calon-Ségur, second label Marquis de Calon and a cru bourgeois property, Capbern-Gasqueton. This is the most prominent of several Bordeaux properties to recently change hands, largely due to inheritance taxes and family disagreements. Click […]

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40 Beaujolais communes can no longer label their wine as Burgundy

40 Beaujolais communes can no longer label their wine as Burgundy

| October 6, 2011

 Decanter has a feature about some changes for Beaujolais producers.  An excerpt: Although Beaujolais producers have had the right label their wines Burgundy since 1937, it has long been a source of dispute between the two regions. Burgundy winemakers have been campaigning for tighter restrictions, particularly with the production of white wine. Forty-three communes have […]

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The Birth of the Bionic Frog

The Birth of the Bionic Frog

| July 27, 2011

Last night we opened the first vintage (2000) of the now very famous ‘Bionic Frog’.  This bottle had been sitting in my wine storage as I was convinced to save this for a special evening to see where the legend of the Frog all started. I had been slightly concerned as to the ageability of […]

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Washington State Delivers: 2000 Andrew Will Sorella

Washington State Delivers: 2000 Andrew Will Sorella

| July 15, 2011

While at dinner over the weekend with friends I brought a bottle of 2000 Andrew Will Sorella. This is Andrew Will’s flagship wine; Bordeaux blend that has garnering much press over the years and deservedly so. What makes this wine so special? Chris Camarda. As owner and winemaker, he has been continuously putting together amazing […]

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Happy 4th of July!  Skirt Steak, Seattle Weather, and 2007 Col Solare Cabernet

Happy 4th of July! Skirt Steak, Seattle Weather, and 2007 Col Solare Cabernet

| July 5, 2011

This sunny, warm Fourth of July could not have come at a better time for us here in Seattle. As a lifelong Seattleite we have become accustomed to the defending our city in rainy times to others by telling them that our summers are underrated and the rain isn’t as bad as they hear. This […]

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Finger Lakes pioneer Debra Whiting dies

Finger Lakes pioneer Debra Whiting dies

| July 5, 2011

Decanter Online reports the tagic news of the passing of Debra Whiting. The 52-year old chef-proprietor of Red Newt Cellars and Bistro on Seneca Lake, in the wine region in upstate New York, was the passenger in a 1985 Volkswagen when it collided with another car last Thursday night. Whiting’s husband and business partner Dave, […]

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