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5 Noteworthy Wines Made from Uncommon Varieties at Vintage Spokane

Date: Wed, Aug 7, 2013 Wine Tasting

You know that famous saying about opposites attracting? What the saying leaves out is that the attraction can occasionally lead to sudden repulsion when certain aspects of the opposing personality manifest. Take, for instance, a case in which a husband, who is prone to ADD fits of absentmindedness, remembers on the way to a certain food and wine event that [...]

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Sante Goes to New York (With Your Help)

Date: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 Wine Tasting

The first time that I visited Spokane was following the Wine Bloggers Conference in 2010. I pretty much fell in love with the place right away. The city was just the right size to offer, you know, city stuff. We were, of course, focused on wine during that trip, but we did also make some stops that were focused on [...]

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My Vintage Spokane Preview at Masselow’s Restaurant

Date: Tue, Jul 23, 2013 Wine Tasting

It will likely come as no surprise to anyone that I like to eat. Strike that. I LOVE to eat. Now I’m no food snob, (I’ve been known to eat at the local Chili’s, and to even leave happy with that decision) but I especially love to eat food that is prepared from quality ingredients, by someone who knows their [...]

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Wearing a Lot of Hats in the Wine Biz

Date: Tue, Jul 9, 2013 Wine Tasting

I’ve always liked to wear a lot of hats. Since I was a kid I have lamented the fact that I didn’t grow up in the era of the Humphrey Bogart movies that my mom used to love watching. Sure, there were always ball caps, but you never saw men walking down the street in their suits and a nice [...]

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“Jesus Saves” or “Let the Winery Make a Dollar”

Date: Tue, Jun 4, 2013 Wine Tasting

We live in a commercial world. Even the most sacred things are often mired in a bog of commerce. The only thing truly sacred in this society is commerce itself. I think my first experience with the cold facts of our consumerist society was on a childhood trip to a Christian book store with my mom, which was a pretty [...]

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Like a Phoenix From the Ashes

Date: Thu, May 30, 2013 Wine Tasting

Like so many of my wine blogging compatriots, I have displayed a troubling habit of periodically releasing a flurry of articles, only to then spend months without posting a single thing, only to then launch into an apology and subsequent flurry of articles. Like a vino-swilling Ouroboros, I keep the cycle repeating as the years pass by. Well, here we [...]

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The Continuing Legacy of Sokol Blosser Winery

Date: Thu, Sep 6, 2012 Wine Tasting

Relative to the rest of the world, the wine industry in the United States is still very young. This is especially true of the wineries of the Northwest. Several of the pioneers of the industry in Washington and Oregon are still active in those industries, or are a mere generation removed from involvement. The origin stories of most wineries and [...]

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The Women of the New Wine Media

Date: Mon, Aug 27, 2012 Wine Tasting

Wine writing in the traditional media has long been somewhat of a boys club. Although there are a handful of women who have managed to penetrate the Riedel Ceiling, such as Jancis Robinson and Alice Feiring, the overwhelming majority of wine writers in print have been male. Thanks to the new DIY options that have sprung up with the advent [...]

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The Continuing Odyssey of Randall Grahm

Date: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 Wine Tasting

I still remember the first time that I heard Johnny Cash’s original American Recordings album. There is something haunting about the vulnerability of an aged Cash’s gravelly voice singing over a simple acoustic guitar. There is an intense honesty that comes across in the music once you have stripped away all of the excess instrumentation and production that had gone [...]

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Back from Portland

Date: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 Wine Tasting

I came, I saw, I drank a lot of Pinot Noir. Last week the 2012 Wine Bloggers’ Conference was held in Portland, Oregon. This was my second time to attend the conference, the first having been the 2010 conference in Walla Walla. WBC12, as the attendees referred to the conference, was a fantastic mixture of fellowship, education, and party. I [...]

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Portland, Here We Come!

Date: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Wine Tasting

Although my activity as a blogger has slowed to a trickle here on Vinotology, I still count myself as a part of the blogging community. I keep telling myself, and all of you, that I am going to start blogging regularly again. I suppose that I have, if you consider once or twice a month to be “regular”. Most social [...]

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Put a QR Code On It

Date: Wed, Jul 18, 2012 Wine Tasting

I know that this is probably shocking to you, but the wine industry is not the most agile market for adoption of new technologies. That said, there is a tendency within the industry to latch onto marketing fads with the wild abandon of a rabid honey badger. Although the initial reaction to some of these efforts is to applaud wineries [...]

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A Lot Has Happened Since Last I Wrote

Date: Wed, Jul 11, 2012 Wine Tasting

Forgive this crudely crafted gem. I promise, it will get better from here. Dear Reader, I know, it has been a long time since you last heard from me. I’m sorry that I have been remiss in keeping the lines of communications open. I could make up an excuse about why I have been away, but you deserve better than [...]

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The Taste of Good Times

Date: Tue, Apr 3, 2012 Wine Tasting

Wine events come in all shapes and sizes, and last weekend Seattle hosted one of the biggest annual wine and food events in the Northwest, Taste Washington. This was my first time to attend Taste Washington, and I spent the majority of the day Saturday serving guest some of Chef Frank Magana’s mind blowingly delicious goodies. The Chorizo Stuffed Prawns [...]

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