Substance and Style

The Substance Cabernet Sauvignon from Charles Smith is very aptly named. It is bold and full of flavor and texture. I recently stopped in at the Walla Walla based winery and was reminded that substance is a recurring theme with all of the Smith wines. He takes a...

After the Fires, The Road to Recovery

Napa and Sonoma Wine Country is open for business! I have received many emails and phone calls from concerned folks regarding the tragic wildfires in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. This event was far more serious than the Napa earthquake of 2014. According to...

A Dispatch from Washington State

As you read this I am on a plane with eight of my colleagues returning from a trip to Washington. I’m very grateful to have spent the week in Washington rather than in Napa and Sonoma. My heart goes out to everyone in Northern California affected by the wildfires....

Big Red Bargains

It’s time for comfort foods once again. Stews, pot roast, the iconic “hot dishes”, and lots of other oven-baked favorites are back in line. It is thoughts such as these that make me dread the coming Winter a little less. That and hockey. All of the cuisine mentioned...

Tangled Up in Wine

I love this job, most of the time. There are some stressful times such as the Holidays, or when we are remodeling or adding stores to the group. Even those events are enjoyable when a plan comes to fruition and is a success. I also get to try a lot of wine which is...

Spanish Wine Values

Spain is a treasure trove of great wines at terrific prices. It is also a country blessed with a diversity of regional tastes. From the rich and heady reds of the sunny southeast to the crisp wines from the Northwest’s “Green Spain”. I am a big fan. Here are a few of...
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