Category: Washington
The Great Northwest Tour Continues – Spokane

Fresh on the heels of the 2010 Wine Bloggers' Conference, I jumped in a car with Josh Wade (Drink Nectar) and Joe Roberts (1WineDude), and headed out to Josh's stomping grounds of Spokane. I really hadn't gotten much of an opportunity to talk with Joe while we were in Walla Walla, so I enjoyed getting to spend some time chatting [...]

By Ben Simons with 7 comments
Taste Texas Guest Blogger Profile: Josh Wade of Drink Nectar

If the wine blogging world were a high school, I would expect to see Josh Wade's picture in the Most Likely to Succeed category of the yearbook.  Josh and I started blogging around the same time, and it has been a lot of fun to see what he has done in such a short period of time. He has quickly [...]

By Ben Simons with 10 comments
The Great Walla Walla Invasion of 2010

This summer the city of Walla Walla, Washington will be overrun by bloggers from around the country for the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference.  We will descend on the city like so many thirsty locusts.  Personally, I am in secret plans with my friend Sean Sullivan from Washington Wine Report to perform an armed annexation of the Walla Walla Valley portion [...]

By Ben Simons with 25 comments
Are You Ready For Washington Merlot?

The day is rapidly approaching (this Thursday, March 25th) for the #WAMerlot Twitter tasting that my friend Josh Wade from DrinkNectar has put together.  People from all over the country will be popping the cork on some Washington Merlot, and then tweeting about the wines that they are drinking. It's been really exciting to see the level of participation that [...]

By Ben Simons with 7 comments
Review: Late for #CaliCabs, Early For #WAMerlot – 2005 Northstar Merlot

I just seem to be hitting all around these Twitter tasting events that have been going on.  A couple of weeks ago, I managed to miss the #CaliCabs tasting, and now I've gone and prematurely popped the cork (hmm, seems like an unfortunate choice of words, but I'll let it run anyway) on the perfect wine to use for the [...]

By Ben Simons with 10 comments
Review: The Tropics Come to Washington – 2008 Barnard Griffin Pinot Gris

I'm pretty much having a love affair with Washington wines these days.  That's a really good thing, since I'll have the chance to drink quite a bit of Washington state wine when I attend the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference this June in Walla Walla.  The wine that I'm reviewing today, the 2008 Barnard Griffin Pinot Gris, is the second wine [...]

By Ben Simons with 12 comments
Review: I AM Drinking Some Effing Merlot – 2007 Barnard Griffin Reserve Merlot

In addition to drinking a lot of sparkling wine over New Years, I also popped open a bottle of 2007 Barnard Griffin Reserve Merlot.  As much as I loved the bubbly, this Merlot was the star of the evening for me. While I was in Washington this summer, I visited the Barnard Griffin winery in Richland.  Rob Griffin has been [...]

By Ben Simons with 6 comments