Posts under Tag: washington
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 [...]

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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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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
What I Learned at the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference

I've never been one to resist peer pressure. I say when the times get tough, do what everyone else is doing. So, in that spirit, here is my "what I learned" post from #wbc10. Please forgive me if I talk a lot about bloggers in this post, but improving my craft as a blogger was really the purpose of the [...]

By Ben Simons with 8 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 [...]

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Rockin’ the Casbah in Walla Walla

I woke up last week and came to the sudden realization that we are about two weeks away from my arrival in beautiful Walla Walla, Washington for the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference. This is the event that us wine bloggers wait for, with breathless anticipation, all year long. This is like Christmas for winos, a great opportunity to meet online [...]

By Ben Simons with 14 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
Review: Late for #CaliCabs, Early For #WAMerlot – 2005 Northstar Merlot

I just seem to be hitting all around these Twitter tasting events that have been going on.  A couple of weeks ago, I managed to miss the #CaliCabs tasting, and now I've gone and prematurely popped the cork (hmm, seems like an unfortunate choice of words, but I'll let it run anyway) on the perfect wine to use for the [...]

By Ben Simons with 10 comments