December 5th, 2010
Impressive New Releases from Dusted Valley
I was invited to a sneak peak of the new releases from Dusted Valley
, so the
hubby and I went down to their Woodinville tasting room to check it out. We were greeting warmly by winemakers, Chad Johnson
and Corey Braunel, as well as the enticing aroma of some good food cooking.
I have always been impressed with Dusted Valley’s offerings and this year is no exception. Here is a rundown of what we tasted:...
September 20, 2010
Cooper Wine Company Grand Opening
Every once in a while you get to feel as if you are part of something special. It’s a feeling that you belong, a feeling that you
are where you need to be at this exact moment. That is the feeling my husband and I felt last weekend at the grand opening of
Cooper Wine Company
on Red Mountain...Read More
September 3, 2010
“World-Class Wine In Your Own Backyard”
The Washington State Wine Commission
has done a tremendous job at the
promotion of Washington State wine. From amazing charity events like the
Auction of Washington Wines
to Taste Washington
, an event
showcasing the bounty that Washington has to offer. Well, they have done it again. They just announced their first ever locally focused promotional campaign...
July 17th, 2010
WBC 2010 Part 2 - A Sumptuous Feast
WBC for me was a bit like a multi course dinner with 300 of your best friends, most of whom you are meeting for the first time
in the flesh. A dinner that you prepare, save and anticipate for months.
The “amuse bouche” was on Friday with the incredibly generous goodie bag filled with books, wine, jump drives, CDs and magazines.
Just like an amuse bouche before a meal, it was a wonderful surprise. I want to thank all the generous sponsors for that gift.
I was grateful that I was staying there at the motel, that puppy was heavy and I was able to take it back to my room and not
have to carry it around like some did...Read More
July 2nd, 2010
WBC 2010 Part 1 - Half the Fun is Getting There
The anticipation had starting building weeks before. I started June with a calendar chock full of both work
and play, with the climax being the Wine Blogger’s Conference I would be attending the last weekend.
Finally the time had arrived. Although I live within driving distance to Walla Walla, I still had
a long day ahead of me. But you know it is a lot easier to get up at 5:00am when you are excited to go!
I was accompanied by my husband and our best wino friends. The 4 of us loaded up the SUV and we were off...
June 15, 2010
Have Wine, Will Travel
Ah, camping in the Northwest. It can be risky this early in the year. You’d better have your tarps and waterproof matches at
the ready. Armed with a positive weather forecast and low tides, we loaded up our gear and headed to
Dosewallips State Park
on the Hood Canal. Of course, just because you are “roughing it” doesn’t mean you can’t have wine...
May 31, 2010
Vintage Party 2010
We hosted our Vintage Party, a blind tasting wine dinner for a few of our close friends, this past weekend. I love doing a blind
tasting, as it promotes great conversation. Plus, since there are no wrong answers, people feel free to express what they are
seeing, smelling, and tasting.
We pulled some of our best bottles out of the cellar for this event. All the wines had been decanted for 6 hours. We invited
six guests, and assigned each guest to a bottle. Starting with wine #1, we asked the assigned person to taste and describe the
wine to the group. Then we poured tastes for the remainder of the group and discussed the wine. This format worked well and
made for a nice pace in tasting as well...
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...
February 24, 2010
WBW #66 - Your Tenderest Twosome
I am thrilled to report that this is my first Wine Blogging Wednesday post! This month's
WBW #66 - Your Tenderest Twosome
is sponsored by
. She also happens to be the creator Sugar High Fridays and felt it only
natural to combine the two this month for a dessert & wine pairing. Perfect!
January 26, 2010
Chandler Reach "Corella"
Chandler Reach Vineyards
is located in Benton
City, WA overlooking Red Mountain. Their 42 acre of estate vineyard is located is one of the warmest
areas in the state. This no doubt has contributed to the medals and acclaim Chandler Reach has achieved
with their wines...Read More
November 23, 2009
Fidelitas 2006 CV Cabernet Sauvignon
A big congratulations too Fidelitas
, whose 2006 Columbia Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon was picked as Wine & Spirits' Critics Choice for November 2009.
So I felt it only fitting to open up my bottle in celebration
this weekend. This cab is sourced from 9 different vineyards in the Columbia Valley with 31%
coming from Champoux vineyards. It is aged 22 months in 50% new French and American oak and registers
in a 14.6% alcohol...Read More