Archive for the ‘Washington’ Category

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The perfect name for the perfect instance… Hard Row To Hoe

Tweet When asked about what makes for a great brand’s name, this story immediately comes to comes to mind, filed in the most creative department… A vineyard is a Hard Row To Hoe, and no one knows that better than Don and Judy Phelps of Manson, Washington. So much so, in fact that that’s what […]

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Wine Writer Andy Perdue of the Northwest

Tweet Wine Writer Andy Perdue of the Northwest is a great find for anyone in or interested in the wine business, or  anyone simply wanting to learning more about wine. As Eric Degerman just told me, “Andy, my business partner and friend for more than 20 years… [inspires me]. He’s a tireless worker, a skilled writer, […]

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Wine Writer Eric Degerman

Tweet Wine writer Eric Degerman and I met this past June. When I was organizing the Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium, sponsored by Oak Knoll Winery, the team of Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue were called upon to deliver the keynote speech. I had heard about Andy, but Eric was a background singer for me, which […]

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Bubbles & Chocolate ~ Washington Wine Country’s Delicious Treasure

Tweet When Jose and I visited Washington Wine Country, Bubbles & Chocolate was a gem of a find. Wine critic Paul Gregutt and his wife Karen Stanton Gregutt are leaders of commerce in their home town of Waitsburg. Not only does Paul write for Wine Enthusiast and his wine blog PaulGregutt.com, but he’s also the […]

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2012 Vintage – A Near Perfect Growing Season for Walla Walla Valley Winemakers

Tweet ♫♪ “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone…♪♪♫” – Joni Mitchell Yeah… When I was in Walla Walla, I was busy exploring, learning, and enjoying being away from my computer, but I wasn’t thinking about falling in love. Then, I just got an Email from […]

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VIDEO WINEMAKER SERIES ~ Walla Walla Vintners in the Wine Cellar, Part II

Tweet On a recent trip to Walla Walla wine country, Jose and I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Myles Anderson of the Walla Walla Vintners, thanks to Paul Gregutt. I wrote earlier about this visit with Myles Anderson at his winery in Part I. Dr. Anderson and Jose talked about his Walla Walla […]

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VIDEO WINEMAKER SERIES ~ Walla Walla Vintners in the Wine Cellar, Part I

Tweet While on a recent trip to Walla Walla wine country, Jose and I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Myles Anderson of the Walla Walla Vintners. We have to thank Paul Gregutt, who’s Washington state’s most valuable wine writer resource. Staying with Paul and Karen Gregutt in their lovely and homey Waitsburg cottages gave […]

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Winemaker Eric Dunham’s Walla Walla Wonderland ~ Dunham Cellars

Tweet I’m fascinated by how closely wine is aligned to art. It’s liquid art, really, when it’s a handcrafted procedure during the winemaking process. Many, like Jan Shrem of Clos Pegase, who in this instance was a publisher in his past life, has now surrounded his winery with art  which he’s purchased. That’s always lovely… […]

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Iron Horse Vineyards was at the official launch of the State Department’s Culinary Diplomacy Initiative

Tweet Joy Sterling, of Iron Horse Vineyards, was recently honored to be an invited guest of the official launch of the State Department’s Culinary Diplomacy Initiative. Announced by Ambassador Capricia Marshall, the U.S. Chief of Protocol from Washington D.C., this event was for the presentation of an American Chefs Corps, intended to elevate food, wine, […]

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Desert Wind Winery ~ Where Hospitality is Over The Top With a Southwestern Flair

Tweet I have some very special Southwestern places in my heart: Hotel Pacific in Monterey, California ~ A place where Jose brought me, when he was trying to sell me on California… What an advantage it gave him. La Posada Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico ~ A place that taught me why Georgia O’Keeffe […]