For me, food and wine is a true sensory experience. My husband & I love to cook for our friends and we are always testing out new recipes on them. With the addition of wine, food can take on a whole new dimension. I have immersed myself, as much as my day job allows, into wine. Specifically wine from the Pacific Northwest.

As a Washington State native, I grew up with the fresh seafood and produce native to the area. I look forward to local strawberries in the spring & sweet corn in late summer. As well as fresh caught Dungeness Crab out of Puget Sound and the flavorful beef produced by local farmers. The Northwest offers an abundance of wonderful ingredients to work with.

This site is dedicated to the Food & Wine of the Pacific Northwest. Please join me as I explore all it has to offer!

March 17, 2010

What's in a Name?

I have had many different reactions to my handle, KSyrah, that I use on various social media sites and message boards. Honestly I picked that name because of my love of wine, especially Syrah. Plus I liked it's play on the classic song Que Sera, Sera.

Recently at a wine tweetup, we were asked wear nametags with our name and our twitter handle on it. I encountered a lot of "Oh, you're KSyrah" and "I love your twitter handle", but for the first time I had someone ask me "Do you work for K Vintners?". My answer? I wish! However, I don't think that Charles Smith needs any help what so ever promoting his wines.

On that note, I happened upon my local Costco one day perusing the wine section. Low and behold, what do I see? I bottle of K Vintners 2007 K Syrah

This wine is 100% Syrah that is sourced from Milbrandt vineyards on the Wahluke Slope. This dense reddish purple wine had aromas of blackberry, spice & vanilla. Right after opening, the wine seemed tight. So, I let it sit open while I marinated some prawns in a raspberry chipotle marinade. After an hour, this wine sang. Robust dark berry on the front with a little oak, mild tannins. It seemed to drop off a bit, but had a nice subtle berry finish. It really went well with the prawns. The wine complemented the raspberry very nicely but also stood up to the chipotle as well.

As flattered as I was to be associated with K Vintners K Syrah, we are not affiliated. However, Charles if you are reading this....let's talk.

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