Two prominent Oregon winemakers are involved with big new projects that will be debuting this fall. I got the first taste of these important new wines from Tony Soter and Josh Bergström this week, the first time either wine was shown to a journalist.
Skies are clear and daytime temperatures are in the 70s this week in Oregon's Willamette Valley. They have started picking Pinot Noir grapes, but the growers and winemakers are nervous. They're expecting rain this weekend, the first of a series of storms lined up to wash across the Pacific Northwest coast.
With all that has happened to boost the quality and profile of Washington wines in the past few years, we needed a good book on the subject. The number of existing wineries, counted in the dozens only a decade ago, passed 500 sometime last year.
After an acrimonious breakup with their American partner in Marquis Philips, Sparky and Sarah Marquis have scraped together enough money and called on some of their longstanding contacts in McLaren Vale to start up a new label.
Every time Henschke Shiraz Hill of Grace comes through my tasting room, it embarrasses me. It's not the quality; it may be Australia's single greatest wine. It's not just the price ($500 plus per bottle).
Passing through Las Vegas on the way from Colorado to San Francisco recently, my wife and I stopped for dinner at Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare. We just wanted a light dinner, and ordered some grilled prawns , an octopus and potato salad, a whole fish and some vegetables.
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