Posts under Tag: syrah
Syrah is Sexy
Tea Bags

Just a note, if you are easily offended, you might consider skipping this one. This is an innuendo-heavy post. We all have our own things that turn us on. Some guys are leg guys, and some are ass guys. Me, I’m a Syrah guy. Okay, so Syrah and Pinot Noir, but my Pinot fixation is a topic for another day. [...]

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History is Alive in Walla Walla
L'Ecole 41

Getting older sucks. Of course, it’s not really the actual aging that is a problem; it’s the changes that go along with aging that bother us. We have the great pleasure of watching our bodies slowly deteriorate, despite our best efforts to fend off the visible effects of having outlived our physical peaks. There are some of us who decide that [...]

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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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Feeling Rhônely in Walla Walla: Rôtie Cellars
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What can I say, I’m a sucker for wines made from Rhône varieties, and I’m also, unfortunately for you readers, a sucker for Rhône-based puns. When I was originally out in Washington last June for the Wine Bloggers’ Conference, one of the wineries that really stood out for me was Rôtie Cellars, a winery located in Walla Walla that specializes in wines based [...]

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Washington State Syrah Tweetup in Prosser – Friday October 29th

With the help of some great friends, including Scott Abernathy (wino4ever on Twitter) and the good people at Mercer Estates Winery in Prosser, I have been working on organizing my first Washington State tweetup. Mercer Estates has graciously offered their tasting room in Prosser to host the event, and you are all welcome to come participate in a tasting of [...]

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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. [...]

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Review: Call us the Rhone Star State – 2008 Llano Estacado Signature Melange

On my recent video interview with Llano Estacado Winery, I promised a review of a few of their wines was coming soon.  So, maybe the "soon" part was a bit of an exaggeration, but I am finally getting around to getting some reviews posted.  I originally thought about letting this one wait until a Mourvedre Monday, in honor of the [...]

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Review: The Stronghold Show

This is the post that I've been impatiently waiting for since Christmas.  I have been saying that I was going to open a bottle of Stronghold wine for the last couple of weeks, and last night I finally did. For those of you who don't know, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards is the winery that is owned by former Tool and A [...]

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Review: Nothing Small About This Petite Sirah

The 2007 Oak Grove Petite Sirah was the last wine that we tasted at our tasting last weekend.  This wine is pretty inexpensive, costing about $10.  The alcohol content is 13.6%. During the tasting the question of whether Petite Sirah and Syrah are related or not.  I have read conflicting accounts on this question.  The one thing that is certain [...]

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2007 Delas Cotes-Du-Rhone Saint Esprit

Everywhere I look, it seems like I see another glowing report about the 2007 Rhone wines.  Parker has been raving about them, and @garyvee has praised them on Wine Library TV.  The real gems are in the higher price ranges, the Chateauneuf du Pape leading the way.  Still, there is great value to be found in the more affordable wines [...]

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