Showing posts from October, 2019

Wine for Thanksgiving Dinner

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, you may be wondering what to serve with the traditional Turkey dinner with all the fixings. It is doable to choose one wine to carry you through appetizers to desserts. That wine is the celebratory SPARKLING wine! Bubbles are elegant and have phenomenal food-pairing versatility to virtually any meal. With a Thanksgiving meal these wines, bubbles really shine. Karma Vineyards, Lake Chelan makes remarkable local bubbly. Karma has a  Méthode Champenoise Estate Pink ($54.99 at the tasting room)  may be even a better match than plain sparkling considering the proteins in the meal. Or go for a Rosé, which is another very food friendly wine. Try the  Latah Creek Rosé of Malbec ($13 at the tasting room) and get why all the fuss is about when it comes to Washington Rosé. The art of Wine Pairing is largely a matter of personal preference; however, some safe bets for Thanksgiving dinner are Pinot Noir (Try King Estate), Syrah (Try Barrister, Robert K

Mid Century Marvelous

I’ve written about this vintage style many times. Mid-century Modern (MCM) is the name of a design movement of graphic design, architecture, and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. A one-of-a-kind, MCM home that has mostly original features and details is currently very much in demand. Its easy to fall for the large open rooms, beamed cathedral ceilings, and well-planned built ins. MCM homes are sprinkled throughout our region and if they could speak, they may tell a story of a simpler time enriched with family values and good manners.  My interest in MCM homes accelerated when as a Realtor I assisted a historical preservationist and architect couple scour our region for time capsule-like MCM masterpieces. Due to this, I'm a raving fan of this understandable floor plan and iconic style.   The following is an interior design article written for The Tin Roof Furniture & Design Studio about this everything old is new again style.  THE MOD SQUAD Masteri

For the love of Washington Wine

*Note: This article was originally published in 2014. Besides the growing number of Washington Wineries (now well over 950) having to be edited this article still rings true.  Wine is the answer, What was the question?  For the LOVE of Washington Wine  by  Laurie Allen Wine is more than a liquid libation. Most locapours (lovers of local wine) will claim Washington wine has meaning, depth and even truth in every glass. Wine is an experience, sometimes even a ritual that’s meant to be shared and from there the truth often flows. Vino Veritas is a Latin phrase that translates "in wine [there is the] truth." Wine, wine, and more wine. Lucky for residents and visitors alike, Washington has numerous opportunities to partake in the fermented juice. The local wine scene exploded in the mid 90s making Washington the second largest wine region in the United States. Compared to 1981, when there were only 19 official wineries, Washington State