Posts under Tag: pinot noir
The Continuing Legacy of Sokol Blosser Winery
Alex and Alison Sokol Blosser

Relative to the rest of the world, the wine industry in the United States is still very young. This is especially true of the wineries of the Northwest. Several of the pioneers of the industry in Washington and Oregon are still active in those industries, or are a mere generation removed from involvement. The origin stories of most wineries and [...]

By Ben Simons with 4 comments
July 23 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Good There have been a lot of good posts about the recent #PinotNoir blowout that took place. The entire event was so much fun, and represents an international community Twitter event the likes of which I’ve never seen before. So, with all of the great posts on the event, how did I choose the one to feature here? Easy, [...]

By Ben Simons with 4 comments
Flight of the Conchords Aren’t New Zealand’s Only Great Export

  Image taken from Chud.com Thursday is a big day in the Twitterverse, as wine lovers all over the world will be participating in the #Pinotnoir Twitter tasting event. There are corresponding real world events being held in locations around the US, from Atlanta, to Boston, to Lubbock…, that's in Texas, for those not in the know. Lubbock is also [...]

By Ben Simons with 6 comments
July 9 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Good Times is good for funny wine blog posts this week. If you follow a lot of the wine bloggers that I do, you have doubtless been kept in stitches following their RSS feeds. There were simply too many great posts this week to narrow the list down to a single one, so here are a few of my [...]

By Ben Simons with 9 comments
An Adventure in Willamette

Last week was the first time that I had ever set foot in the state of Oregon. I have spent a good deal of time in Washington, mostly the Seattle area, but I've never managed to make it to visit Washington's neighbor to the South. When the opportunity to leave a couple of days early for the Wine Bloggers' Conference [...]

By Ben Simons with 7 comments
Getting an Early Start on the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference

When I was making my plans for the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla, it took the Wine Brat all of one tweet on Twitter to convince me that I should just extend my stay and go with the group that was going to be going on a tour of the Willamette Valley before the conference. Today's pre-pre-conference trip [...]

By Ben Simons with 2 comments
Drinking Down on Shady Lane

 Tuesday night may well have seen more Michigan wine being consumed in the state of Texas than there ever has been before.  Okay, so I have no idea if that is true or not, but what I can tell you that this was the most Michigan wine that has ever been enjoyed at my place. I invited a couple of [...]

By Ben Simons with 15 comments
Review: What’s More Rare Than A Texas Pinot Noir?

The answer is, not a whole hell of a lot.  I found one though.  Turns out that they are actually growing Pinot Noir right here in my own back yard.  I talked about this with the guys at Pheasant Ridge winery in my video interview the other day.  The winery provided me with samples of their Pinot Noir and of [...]

By Ben Simons with 15 comments
Review: Good Food and a Good Wine

Yesterday my wife informed me that she wanted to make Pasta alla carbonara for dinner that night.  I immediately started thinking wine pairing, and we decided on a 2007 Pessagno Lucia Highlands Vineyard Pinot Noir that I had in the "cellar."  I had been looking for a food excuse to drink this wine, so the carbonara presented a reasonable opportunity. [...]

By Ben Simons with 3 comments
The Great West Texas Wine Blowout of 2009

I've been saying for the last week that I would do a blog post on the wine tasting that my wife and I hosted last weekend, and being the man of my word that I am, here it is. The grand plan for this tasting was to take people with varying degrees of wine experience, have them each bring a [...]

By Ben Simons with 5 comments