Posts under Tag: washington
5 Noteworthy Wines Made from Uncommon Varieties at Vintage Spokane

You know that famous saying about opposites attracting? What the saying leaves out is that the attraction can occasionally lead to sudden repulsion when certain aspects of the opposing personality manifest. Take, for instance, a case in which a husband, who is prone to ADD fits of absentmindedness, remembers on the way to a certain food and wine event that [...]

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Like a Phoenix From the Ashes

Like so many of my wine blogging compatriots, I have displayed a troubling habit of periodically releasing a flurry of articles, only to then spend months without posting a single thing, only to then launch into an apology and subsequent flurry of articles. Like a vino-swilling Ouroboros, I keep the cycle repeating as the years pass by. Well, here we [...]

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The Journey Continues at Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Alexandria Nicole Cellars Jet Black

Those of you who are connected to me on Facebook have already seen that last week brought some big news for me in my wine industry journey. Last week I started working for Alexandria Nicole Cellars, one of the wineries that made me want to move to Washington in the first place. My dream of working in a multi-faceted role [...]

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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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June 24th – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It’s been a good week. I had a great experience hanging out with some new friends that we had just met over a few bottles of wine. Sharing some vino with friends always reminds me why I love wine, and it also always puts me in the mood for… They folks at the Wine Bloggers Conference didn’t give the guy [...]

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February 25th – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Wine Truck Fire

This week I’m going a little local for The Good. I know that this piece of news may not have much use to those of you outside of Eastern Washington, but you have to understand the plight that those of us in the Tri-Cities of Washington have found ourselves in. There is an unholy dearth of quality eating establishments for [...]

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What Does Precept Growth Mean to Washington Wine Industry?

Anyone who has been paying attention to the ways of the world in the last few decades could tell you that the times, they are a changin'. There has been a steady move away from the locally owned mom and pop businesses in favor of larger corporations. In some industries this comes in the form of big box retailers moving [...]

By Ben Simons with 7 comments
Back in the Saddle Again

Well, as you can see, the switch-over to the new site design is not in place yet. I have been having some issues with getting my hosting set up, but I am ready to start back to normal posting. The new site will hopefully be up soon, but in the meantime I wanted to go ahead and get started with [...]

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December 17th – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I somehow totally forgot about this post for last weeks TGTBTU, so I decided to give it some props this week. I have gushed on this blog before about how Katie Pizzuto’s Gonzo Gastronomy blog is one of the most consistently interesting and unique blogs out there, featuring some fantastic writing and loads of attitude, but I will reiterate that [...]

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Feeling Rhônely in Walla Walla: Rôtie Cellars

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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