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Wines and Charities

For three years now my wife, Lisa, and I have helped to procure wines for the Komen Grace Notes Auction held each March in Seattle. Due in large part to the success of last year’s event, the Puget Sound Affiliate was able to award $2.85 million in grants to local non-profit organizations providing breast cancer screening, treatment options, and support…

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2005 Carlisle Russian River Valley Zin
Bottle Notes, Random Musings, Zinfandel

Has the Recipe at Carlisle Changed?

Robert Dwyer of Wellesley Wine Blog recently tweeted a less-than-favorable impression of 2010 Carlisle Sonoma County Syrah. I respect Robert’s palate and think my tastes are somewhat aligned with his, so I was surprised that he did not enjoy a staple from one of my favorite producers. I began to wonder: Has the “recipe” at Carlisle changed? I’ve had the…

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Quilceda Creek
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Give Quilceda Creek Its Due

The release of the 2010 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon to mailing list members began last week. As in years past, there seems to be a movement on the various wine boards to knock Quilceda Creek off of it’s pedestal. A common opinion is that Quilceda Creek is not worthy of the “inflated” scores it received from Jay Miller of the…

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Quilceda Creek
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Quilceda Creek 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Offer

The long awaited offer for the 2010 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon arrived today! The most notable item in the release is that Quilceda Creek held the line on pricing. Personally, I think this was a great move on their part (I had previously blogged about this in An Open Letter to Quilceda Creek Winery). The information regarding Champoux Vineyard is…

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JM Cellars
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An Afternoon at JM Cellars

JM Cellars, located in Woodinville just up the hill from Chateau Ste. Michelle, was founded in 1998 by John and Peggy Bigelow. With encouragement and advice from Peggy’s brother-in-law Mike Januik, John decided to venture into winemaking and in 1998 turned the basement of the family home into a winery. 100 cases were made that first year, most of it…

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Crowdsourcing Wine Reviews – Trust Your Palate

I’ve seen a number of recent debates on whether or not fine wine reviews can be effectively crowdsourced. Matt Kramer of the Wine Spectator contends that sites like CellarTracker, which crowdsource tasting notes, are not a good measure of the quality of a particular wine. Joe Roberts of 1 Wine Dude and Jon Bonne of the San Francisco Chronicle take…

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The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings

As a society we are obsessed with lists. From the Forbes 400 to People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People, to college football’s BCS standings, everything in our pop culture is ranked against its peers. I’ve decided to join the fray with the first edition of my Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings. This list will consider domestic wineries and rank them based on…

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