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No One Wines Like Gaston – (Ep95) Nov 28-29

Episode 95: We take you across state lines this week with  a couple of different winemakers.  First we visit with Michael Willison of Patton Valley Vineyard in Gaston, Oregon (and we learn the correct way to say “Gaston”).  Then, our road trip to Walla Walla nets a visit with Joe Forrest of Tempus Cellars.   …

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Turkey With A Side of Carlton – (Ep122) Nov 26

Episode 122: We’re setting the table for what we hope will be an unforgettable Thanksgiving episode of our little wine show.   We chose to taste Viognier, because it’s one of the wines that goes really well with your holiday bird.   And what’s a holiday gathering without dancing and broken lights?!  It happens, when …

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Wine, Beer & Spirits at School – (Ep94) Nov 21-22

Episode 94: It’s a new reason to want to go to school!  We sit down with Brian McMenamin to talk about the brand new Anderson School in Bothell.  We also get the chance to talk with the owner of Seattle’s first winery.  Paul Beveridge of Wilridge Winery talks about making wine in his garage.  All …

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Turkey + Zin = Happy Thanksgiving!

  SACBEE.COM – The traditional Thanksgiving practice in our household is to set the table with a bottle of each of the varietal wines most at ease with the wide range of weights and flavors in the customary holiday meal – zinfandel, pinot noir and riesling. This year, I’m tweaking that approach and going solely …

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Howlin’ over Booze and Wine – (Ep93) Nov 14-15

Episode 93: Corey Braunel with Dusted Valley wine stops by to talk about their unique take on wine making, and what he has planned next at his Walla Walla operation.  Then we talk booze with Will Maschmeier.  He and partner Craig Phalen have opened 3Howls Distillery in Seattle’s SODO area.   Curious about that name?  …

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Here Comes “Savor Idaho”

  IDAHOSTATESMAN.COM – I am looking forward to partaking in Idaho’s barrel tasting festivities, which occupy many times and dates during Thanksgiving week, but especially Nov. 27-29. Earlier this month the Idaho Wine Commission shared a schedule for a series of barrel-tasting events occurring all over the state. Most of what you will be tasting …

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A Very Rich Pinot Noir History

  GAZETTE.COM – Wine grapes have been grown in Oregon since the mid-1800s, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that the seeds were sown for the development of the internationally renowned wine industry found there today. With nearly 700 wineries, the state has become synonymous with world class pinot noir. Oregon also has blazed the …

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2015 Harvest: The Year Fruit Was Exceptional

  GOLOCALPDX.COM – According to the Oregon Wine Industry, 2015 was an especially fruitful harvest. Industry representatives reported that this year’s harvest delivered “exceptional fruit quality” thanks to a “nearly ideal growing season.” The 2015 growing season began with warm weather conditions in the winter than continued throughout the spring a summer. Light scattered showers …

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Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? – (Ep121) Nov 13

Episode 121: When do you realize you’ve likely had TOO much fun with Chardonnay?  It’s likely the moment you begin comparing your wine to bands and singers from the 1980’s!  Join us for some musical nostalgia, some delicious wine, and the panelist who innocently played a Boy George comment that left the audience in stitches.  …

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