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Posted on August 2, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
Many winemakers agree that the pinot noir grape is one of the most difficult varietals to grow and vinify, due in part to its thin skin and persnickety nature. But I can tell you that when pinot noir is good, it’s great. And when it’s great – well, it just doesn’t get any better.
Posted on July 20, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
Well, I think it is safe to say that summer has hit Washington like a filibuster filling the senate floor with hot air. The notorious Washington summer has sent the thermometer into the blistering territory. And it is the humidity. It’s time to break out the chill busters.
Posted on July 15, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
It is said that on Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. And while I think the same analogy can be drawn that everyone is French while celebrating the famous date that commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, I would go so far as to take the liberty of modifying the statement just a tad. On Bastille Day, everyone drinks French.
Posted on July 13, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
The Brothers Anderson were known for having a knack for telling wonderful tales, but the Brothers Rick and Jon Genderson have a knack for knowing wine. And believe me, they have a lot of wine to know about.
The Gendersons are the third generation owners of Washington, DC’s oldest wine shop, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, whose clients include senators, congressmen, Supreme Court justices, ambassadors, diplomats, dignitaries, television personalities as well as everyday consumers from the surrounding neighborhoods and beyond. Spending time in their shop is akin to sitting at an outdoor table at a Paris café – you just never know who you’ll see stroll by.
Posted on June 12, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
For my first assignment with The Tasting Panel magazine, I was given the privilege of interviewing the most famous wine critic in the world, Robert M. Parker, Jr. While I consider Bob a friend, it is still an honor that he would take the time to answer a few questions about the recent sale of The Wine Advocate and what’s next for the man who is considered the most influential critic of any media anywhere in the world.
Posted on June 11, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
There is something about cooking food outside on the grill that just seems to make everything taste better. I love grilling a wide variety of foods, including everything from fresh fish, chicken and vegetables to traditional grill-fare of burgers and New York strip steaks. However, finding the right wine to slide alongside can be a tricky assignment, particularly if marinades and sauces play a prominent role in the recipe.
Posted on June 2, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
Pacific Prime Wines is a consortium of five New Zealand wineries who have joined together to share resources in order to get the word out that New Zealand has more to offer the American consumer than just lamb. Eric Platt is Vice President, Director of Sales, for PPW and he has convinced me that this venture offers American wine lovers wines that are value-oriented, has great fruit, structure and balance, and they are readily available in local wine shops. What’s not to love?
Posted on May 27, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
Last week, while reviewing delicious white wines from Washington State, I pointed out that the state’s wine industry has been on a proverbial tear for the last several years. But Washington is not new to the red winemaking game either. It’s no coincidence that many of the red wine grape varietals planted in these valleys have quickly adapted to their new surroundings. It turns out that Washington’s wine country is situated on just about the same latitude – 46 degrees north – as some of the greatest French wine regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. And just like European wine-growing regions, Washington has been blessed with an abundance of prime wine grape-growing areas.
Posted on May 18, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
For the last 50 years, Washington State has quietly but steadily been producing a bevy of tasty wines ranging from crisp, dry whites to spicy, bold reds, and just about everything in between. In order to spread the word on Washington State wines – and get a broader range of feedback, I decided to assemble a panel of enthusiastic amateur wine consumers to help me taste over 20 white wines. The varietals included chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris and viognier.
Posted on May 12, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
The Willamette Valley is Oregon’s leading wine producing region, featuring over 200 wineries spread out over its six distinct appellations, including Eola-Amity Hills, Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountains, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge, and Yamhill Carlton. This long, broad valley runs for over a hundred miles, from the Columbia River in the North and stopping just short of the town of Eugene, OR in the south.