Happy Memorial Weekend!

As we all are getting ready to have a (hopefully) fun and delicious holiday weekend, let’s take time to remember all those who paid the ultimate price, so we can enjoy our way of life. Enjoy this late Spring extended weekend. I hope you get everything done on your...

Aaahhh… La Crema, Yes Please!

For the last 20 years, La Crema has been like an old familiar friend, especially when I’m on the road. I remember trips, both business related and family vacations, where La Crema showed up on restaurant wine lists and in Mom and Pop bottle shops around the country....

Where Do I Go for Great Value? The South of France!

People always ask me if I have a well-stocked wine cellar with lots of treasures. I have a few wines tucked away for special occasions but mostly I have a lot of inexpensive, yet interesting wines for everyday use. I DRINK WINE EVERY DAY I EAT! With this in mind, I...

A Cline Spring

Fred Cline learned his love for farming and winemaking from his maternal grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi (of the pump and spa fame). On Jacuzzi’s Oakley, California farm, Fred helped him produce Zinfandel, Mourvedre, and Carignane for their personal consumption. After...

Are You Up for Some Big Reds?

It is finally time to clean up the grill and get something cooking. If it’s rib-eyes, NY strip or a nice Porterhouse, we’ve got some big reds to put it over the top. We are talking carnivorous bliss. I have a house full of people who call themselves Pescetarians...

Celebrating an Organic Wine Farming Icon

His name was “Guy” William Powers. He was a farmer and cattle rancher in the shadow of Mount St. Helens until a certain day in May of 1980. After that fateful event, Mr. Powers decided to move east to the Tri-Cities and try his hand at grape growing in Kennewick,...
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