Darby Winery

  Mid September is an exciting time to visit wine country as crush has began. The grapes are freshly harvested and the wineries are all a bustle with the early stages of production. This past weekend I had my first opportunity to visit Washington’s wine country in Woodinville.   Woodinville is like an adult Disneyland. Multiple…

Jean-Louis Chave Selection Saint-Joseph Circa 2013

If you are a regular reader/drinker here at Thinking & Drinking, you know that I prefer Reds over whites. During the summer sabbatical that I took from the blog I made it a point to drink more whites. As I know there are good ones out there. It’s not just over sweet Riesling and over…

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,…

Curatolo Arini Coralto Grillo

As I’ve ventured further and further into the world of wine these past couple of years I’ve found that the best way to learn more about wine is…. To try more of it! That’s exactly how I went about picking the wine for today’s post. So I chose a wine from an area that I…

Les Lauribert La Cuvee de Lisa

Rosé had a big part of getting the ball rolling when it comes to my love of wine. I had always been a red wine fan for about 90% year. However, during the warmer months I was always looking for something a little more refreshing, and I hadn’t yet got up to try whites yet….

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…

Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts. Whites and in particular Chardonnay’s are not my personal favorite wines to drink. I just find a lot of them flat and there aren’t too many that are of good quality at a reasonable price. However, on occasion I do get a craving for a Chardonnay and when I…

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…

Domaine Thomas La Crele Sancerre ’13

As a self proclaimed “red drinker” it has taken me a while to find a white varietal that really speaks to me. Here lately I’ve been on a tour of the white varietals and Sauvignon Blanc has been one that I have really taken to. In my experience they are the most complex white varietal….

Drinking & Thinking

So far in my life I’ve really not met a bubbly that I wouldn’t purchase again. That is until I ran into Chateau Moncontour’s Chenin Blanc Sparkler.  It wasn’t like any sparkler I’ve had before but in a bad way. It was funky and I just couldn’t put a finger on why I didn’t really…

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

Tis the season for celebrating! No other beverage exemplifies celebrating the good things in life more than a sparkling wine.    I believe that you should be able to drink and enjoy bubbly all throughout the year. A sparkler is a good choice no matter the occasion. Whether it’s Champagne, sparkling wine, prosecco, or cava…