#MerlotMe 6 with the Wine Pairing Weekend Crew! #WinePW

Six Years Celebrating Merlot! Wow, our Wine Pairing Weekend group has partnered for six years with Merlot producers to celebrate this delicious grape.¬† Have we tried every possible food pairing? Tried our hands at a #SixWordLoveStory for Merlot? I can’t wait to see what our group cooks up this year! We officially celebrate on the … Continue reading

Willamette Valley – iOTA Cellars

Willamette Valley Sub-AVA Tour Continues We’re nearly done with our tour of the sub-AVA’s of the Willamette Valley AVA. Today we visit the Eola – Amity Hills AVA through our friends at iOTA Cellars. (click on any of the maps to see full size in a slide show) Eola-Amity Hills AVA Traveling due south from … Continue reading

Thanks to Corking Wines for Top 101 Wine Writers 2020

Bloggers Love Readers I had a nice surprise this week with an email telling me I’m in Corking Wines list of Top 101 Wine Writers 2020! I appreciate knowing friends read the blog and love every comment. When good news comes from someone I don’t personally know, and from England no less, that’s an extra … Continue reading

Black is Beautiful Beer

Do your part! The next time you’re headed out to a local taproom, check out Black is Beautiful Beer website, find a local participating brewery, buy some Black is Beautiful beer! Toward a More Diverse Drinks Industry 2020 has been a year which has opened our eyes to how far we still have to go … Continue reading

Willamette Valley – Maysara with a Brick House Guest Appearance

Willamette Valley Wines Sub-AVA Tour McMinnville is our next sub-AVA on our virtual tour through Willamette Valley. Today we’re exploring McMinnville through biodynamic grower, Maysara. We’ll also touch on biodynamics at both Maysara and Brick House Vineyard. (click on any of the maps to see full size in a slide show) McMinnville AVA From Willamette … Continue reading

Pairing Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port with Campfire

The Douro River and Port The Douro River runs from Spain (where it is called the Duero River) through Portugal, finally meeting the sea at the coastal city of Porto, Portugal. Port wines are made from grapes grown along the Douro river starting about 50 miles upriver from Porto and extending all the way to … Continue reading