Meet the Crusher
The Crusher

One of the developments in the wine world that I have found most interesting is social media tasting events. I have been involved in a number of these events, and they really have the potential to provide a great social tasting platform to groups of people spread out across the map. There are some different formats for these events that [...]

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The Wines of Robert O. Smasne Tasting Room Opens in Tri-Cities
Smasne Cellars

The last few months have seen some exciting developments in the local wine scene here in Eastern Washington. There have been several wineries that have opened tasting rooms here in the Tri-Cities, including Thomas O’Neil Cellars, Kitzke Cellars, and Hamilton Cellars. Add to this mix the addition of some great new restaurants cropping up, such as Picazo Restaurant and Bar [...]

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Top ten reasons that Vinotology disappeared off the face of the earth…

1.       I’ve been busy selling off all of my earthly positions in preparation for last week’s rapture. 2.       I have only recently returned from a top secret mission in the Middle East. 3.       Hey, creating a new religion is hard work, bub. 4.       I’ve decided that this internet thing, it’s just a fad. 5.       Writer’s block is a bitch. 6.       [...]

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April 15th – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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For the second week in a row, I have to put my man Hardy Wallace in this spot. I can’t think of a trip that produced more great material than Hardy’s trip to Bordeaux. His “reviews” of Petrus and Lafite Rothschild are absolutely classic. Hardy is now back in his beloved “Healdsburgundy”, and it will be interesting to see if [...]

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April 8th – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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If there is one person on these here interwebz who I would want to read about their trip to Bordeaux, and that person is Mr. Hardy Wallace.  He is using the most innovative scoring system known to man while he visits the classic wine region. So far he has posted from Chateau Latour, Mouton, Chateau Ausone, and Chateau Belair Monange.  [...]

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Offbeat Tasting Notes FTW

One of the cool things about wine tastings is observing the differences in people’s palates. Not only will different people like different wines, but they will also find different things in the wine. Sometimes hearing these observations can help you pinpoint that thing that you can’t quite identify in the nose, and sometimes they can just make you scratch your [...]

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April 1st – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I am sorry to announce that this week will be the last edition of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly that I will write. I appreciate everyone who has read and commented on these posts in the past. You are all very important to me, and I am very happy to have been able to provide a little humor [...]

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Good Food and Wine in the Tri-Cities – Robert Smasne

This is the time that I consider the real start of the year. We’ve languished through the death throes of Winter’s chilly grasp. Nothing of importance happens in January and February (okay, there’s this big football game, but that’s it.) Finally in March you start to see some action. Baseball spring training is in full swing, culminating in opening day [...]

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March 25th – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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One of the blogs that I have to admit that I haven’t paid nearly as much attention to as I should is the Louisville Juice blog that is published by Tom Johnson. Every time I go there I read fantastic content, and yet I just haven’t surfed over as often as I should. I plan to rectify that. This week [...]

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Bordeaux on a Budget?
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I have recently had a massive influx of Bordeaux wine samples coming from various sources, so massive that I could drink Bordeaux every other day for the next month and still have some left over. Now some of you might be thinking, “Wow! I’m going to go start a wine blog so that I can get in on these vino [...]

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