Category: Washington Wine
I’m Here in Washington! Now What?

After a grueling four day trip from West Texas to our new home in Washington, we are finally starting to get settled in. It definitely feels good to not be spending my days driving across the country in a moving van or loading and unloading boxes into said moving van. It's hard to say whether the hard part is over, [...]

By Ben Simons with 9 comments
Good Wine, Prostitutes, and Capitalism – Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards

If you spend enough time reading about wine or talking to winos, there is no doubt that the topic of marketing will come up at some point. Everyone has an opinion when it comes to marketing, wine labels, and the like. My favorite wine labels are the ones that have a unique story behind them. I think that this can [...]

By Ben Simons with 7 comments
A Late Harvest Gem from Spokane: 2007 Lone Canary Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

It has been a little while since I last posted a review, so I thought it was high time I get some tasting notes out into the wild. Tonight I'm drinking a little desert wine that I picked up on my recent visit to Spokane, the 2007 Lone Canary Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc. Lone Canary was the last stop on [...]

By Ben Simons with 3 comments
The Main Event – Living Large in Walla Walla

My trip to Walla Walla for the Wine Bloggers' Conference was not my first rodeo in W2. Last October was actually the beginning of my love affair with this city. We were visiting my father-in-law in Kennewick, and decided to take an afternoon to make the short drive to the little wine heaven in the Southeastern portion of Washington state. [...]

By Ben Simons with 2 comments
Just Like Home – Touring the Yakima Valley

Of all the places that I visited on my recent tour of the Northwest, the Yakima Valley reminded me most of my home here in West Texas. While we were touring the area the temperatures topped out somewhere in the mid 90s. The good news is, that with an average rainfall in the Yakima Valley of less than 9 inches, [...]

By Ben Simons with 7 comments
You’re Asking, “What the Hell is He Doing in Spokane?”

One week ago tomorrow, I started a week long stewing of my liver in wine that took me from Portland and the Willamette Valley, to Yakima and on to Walla Walla. Since all of that drinking tasting just wasn't enough, I decided to hang out with Josh Wade in Spokane. The Spokane Convention and Visitor Bureau sponsored a couple of [...]

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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 5 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