Showing posts from March, 2019

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

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: Bes


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, Dema