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Drink Pink! The rise of Rosé

Rosé sales has exploded in the US over the past few years, especially during the warm weather months. It taste like summer and all the best ways. In France, it now eclipses the sale of white wine. Yes, everything‘s coming up rosé.

It’s not surprising that when the acclaimed Argentina’s Bodega Santa Julia from chose select wines for the "wine in a can" trend, they picked a luscious rosé.

This Malbec Rosé is bursting with summer berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. I found it charmingly crisp and delicate on the palate. It’s an easy sip and a good balance between sugar and acidity. It’s an ideal pairing for weekends at the lake, alfresco dining and adventure.
I get the convenience of the grab and go can but I’m still packing stemware as sticking your nose in the glass and taking in the aroma effects the taste. Yes, im that into wine. A rosé is a very food friendly wine and pairs with almost anything. Personally, I love rose with grilled seafood and it’…

I don’t mind the rain 

I don’t mind the rain.
In fact, I’m rather fond of it. 🌧

When I was a small child, we lived in Belgium for a season. Dad let my sister and I dance on our urban balcony in the rain. I remember the laughter, joy and freedom that washed over us. We were little and stark naked.

Although clothed, I used to take my boys puddle jumping in our neighborhood park that overlooked the ocean. While other parents held their children’s hands tightly, begging them to avoid the puddles, I was encouraging my boys to run through them and jump in them repeatedly. We lived in Seattle, so puddle jumping was a frequent activity. Although sometimes this was a spontaneous event, often we’d be prepared for our rain adventures. We’d have clean towels, a change of clothes and often a picnic waiting for us in our car.

So today it’s a rainy day and I’m more than fine with it. In fact I’m hoping the skies opened up and it really pours - Laurie Allen

"To them, time was like rain, glittering as it fell, cha…

Are some wines more romantic than others?

Absolutely! Port for instance is a seductively slow sip that vies for the title of most romantic wine. Additionally, Port is ideal for winter thanks to the warmth of brandy added during the winemaking process. 
I’m thrilled about receiving the highly anticipated release of Quinta de la Rosa’s 30-Year-Old Tawny Port. This collectible port celebrates the thirtieth anniversary since the Father/Daughter team of Tim and Sophia Bergqvist started Quinta de la Rosa in the Douro. This beautiful amber color port is aged well for three decades. Respectfully, slow down and don’t rush this. This is definately a bottle you need to spend some time with. It has enormous elegance and complexity. 

Winemaker’s Notes: On the nose, slightly dried fruit aromas with touches of balsamic vinegar, coffee and exotic wood being just some of the components. On the palate it is simply delicious, almost light but with incredible intensity of flavor, soft, mouth filling with great persistence. Food Match: Best served…


Crushing on this 🍷 remarkable liquid art from Maryhill Winery. This is a must sip 2013 Syrah from Northridge Vineyard, Wahluke Slope. This is one of the coveted sites in Milbrandt Vineyards nestled in Prosser, Washington.

The wine: This is a 100% Syrah, barrel-aged 19 months and 60% new French oak. Its bold yet elegant with raspberry and pepper notes weaving through the rich fruit before concluding with a nice, clean lengthy finish.

The Vineyard: Milbrandt Vineyards’ Wahluke Slope (AVA established in 2006) The high elevation (up to 1,475ft) and shallow soils of the Columbia Valley make it an unassuming and distinctly beautiful place to grow grapes. Due to the low rainfall and long sunny days during the growing season, the Wahluke Slope terroir is especially ideal for red wines.

Found at Maryhill Winery Spokane nestled in Kendall Yards , which is my neighborhood tasting room.

As shown, backdrop to Maryhill Syrah is original art by Christy Branson Artist. 12 x 12 Beeswax, Demar Resin, …

Liquid Libations - Some like it HOT!

Some Like It HOT
Something to take the chill off

As the weather is icy and the breeze carries a chill, a steaming-hot boozy beverage can warm you up from the inside out. Here are some places to slip into something hot and cozy. In fact, simply embracing the mug of one of these suggestions instantly add a warmth that will chase the chills away.

Latah Creek's Mulled Wine
Mulled Wine is a cold weather tradition at Latah Creek Winery. For quick and easy mulled wine, heat Latah Creek Maywine with a cinnamon stick. Latah Creek Maywine is white blend of premium Washington wines (usually Johannisberg Riesling of Gewurztraminer). Its fragrant woodruff herbs and natural strawberry concentrate heat up nicely into a flavorful warm drink.

Downriver's Blueberry Tea
A liquored up hot tea can be found at Downriver Grill in North Spokane's Audubon Park Neighborhood. Downriver provides a unique warm drink simply called Blueberry Tea. It consists of Blueberry and Earl Grey teas with Grand Marnie…

Be Happy at Spencer’s for Steak & Chops 

It is here where our area’s movers and shakers gather. Its the ideal place for an impressive power lunch or an elegant carnivore dinner. But you should know that fancy Spencer's for Steaks & Chops, nestled in the Doubletree Hotel has Spokane’s happiest happy hour that’s easy on your pocketbook.

You won’t regret using the complimentary valet and stepping in to the elegant but easy going lounge. I know, it looks and tastes expensive but daily from 4-6pm it’s delightfully inexpensive. A Kobe tri-tip steak is $9.00, addictively Mac ‘n Cheese $5, and the list goes on and on from Kabobs, to salads to amazing burgers. The cocktail and wine specials are also dive bar priced during this delicious time. It’s almost unbelievable to get a perfect martini for only $5 and Spencer’s concocts one of the best Old Fashions ever.

The service is so phenomenal and the atmosphere so rich in character you’ll almost feel bad paying so little. Almost. Trust me on this, you simply can’t go wrong w…