Bodega Goulart Clasico Malbec ’16

Malbec is one of the first varietals to peak my interest in fermented grape juice. It was just as fruity as Pinot Noir but more complex. A wine that you just as easily pair with food as you can good friends. Once considered a trash grape in France it has found new life in the…

Villa Pozzi Merlot ’14

  After a couple month hiatus and even longer venture away from Vino lets get back at it! What better way than to start back up with a mystery bottle of wine that I had given to me by one of my friends in the industry. I have long stated that I have little to…

Wines of Substance Cs

I have a crush on just about everything Charles Smith Winery puts out. I first got interested when I had their stellar Kung Fu Girl Riesling. As a primarily red wine drinker I was hooked. Certainly a gateway drug to whites for me. Other than the fact that I’ve not had anything bad from them,…

Mark Ryan BTR Cellars The Vincent

One great thing about making the Pacific Northwest my newest home is experiencing all the great wine, beer, and spirits it has to offer. It is hard to go a week without trying something new and interesting from what the distillers, brewers, and winemakers are producing here in Washington. March has been Washington Wine month…

Jet Black Syrah

Big, bold, and juicy. All characteristics that I love in a good red. Typically I find that Syrah satisfies my need for a wine that I can chew on for a while. One that I can sit back and enjoy after a long day’s work no matter what I’m having for dinner. And that’s what…

Drinking & Thinking

Italian Wines are still somewhat a mystery to me. I haven’t had a chance to venture too far into this particular region. I’ve just not been drawn to the area. Most wines from Italy that I’ve had have been pedestrian at best and straw covered Chianti at worst. That being said this is also one…

Drinking & Thinking

In my neverending quest to find the best beverages in the world. I have found Spainish wines to be agreeable but never mind-blowing. I must admit that I’ve never had a white from Spain but I find their reds a little too far on the lighter end of things for my taste.   That all…

Drinking & Thinking

Pinot Noir was the first wine to get me to put down the bag of Merlot and spend a couple extra dollars on something that was worthwhile. As soon as I tasted the dark cherry deliciousness that exemplifies this varietal I was hooked and started my exploration of other varietals. In fact when people ask…

Drinking & Thinking

Zinfandel is a relatively new varietal for me, and from what I’ve had I really enjoy it. Very fruit forward and jammy with a bit of complexity on the back end with a decent amount of tannin and pepper. Also, maybe it’s just me, but I have noticed that Zins have the best labels in…

Drinking & Thinking

Since moving to Washington I have been drinking a lot of Cabernet Sauvignon as it is one of the better grown varietals grown in the state. It has quickly become my second favorite reds to drink. I just love the juiceyness of the wine that finishes with that great note of green peppers and currants….