Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: 2012 NXNW Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills (dry), normally $16. King estate is one of Oregon’s top wine producers, with a national reputation for excellent Pinot Gris. In 2005, the company expanded into Washington state, opening… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login here. If you … Continue reading “Tip of the Week”

Tasting Notes – XIX 42

Exceptional 2014 Sebastian Dampt Chablis Premier Cru, “Les Vaillons” ($30): Chablis may be out of favor on the West Coast, but one sniff and one sip of this all-Chardonnay wine speaks volumes, especially to those who prefer classic, subtle French White Burgundy. The faint slate/mineral notes, dried lime peel, and hint of fresh anise lead … Continue reading “Tasting Notes – XIX 42”

Unsolicited Samples

I was once told by an editor that journalists do not talk about how they do their work. “Just do the reporting and leave the ‘how’ out of the story,” he said. This case is a bit different: It’s about how difficult, time-consuming and aggravating it is to find wines to write about in our … Continue reading “Unsolicited Samples”


Tip of the Week We have always been fascinated wandering through wine sections of grocery stores, wine shops, and any place that carries wine because we have a passion for interesting closeouts and other kinds of vinous oddities. As we move for… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “And…”

Wine Terms

Dennis Groth began planning a career in wine by planting grapes in Napa Valley’s Oakville, a prestige area. His first Cabernet off his property was harvested in 1983, and the grapes were taken a short distance to The Christian Brothers’ crushing facility. Once the grapes were converted to juice, Groth brought the liquid back to … Continue reading “Wine Terms”