Posts Tagged ‘wine’

Tasting: Wines from Oregon and California

The Fremont Wine Warehouse (#) is a veritable wine-lover’s paradise that’s tucked in the old Red Apple Market space in the heart of Fremont.

Owner Michael Cawdrey, former owner of the Red Apple Market and Wine Bar, hosts weekly wine tasting events featuring wines by local vintners along with top-notch imports from around the world.

I popped in last Saturday and was warmly welcomed by Cawdrey, who had invited two importers to showcase wines imported from France and Argentina in a sort of head-to-head competition.

The space, which is sparsely decorated and brightly lit, is focused on offering quality wines at an affordable price. Cawdrey seems as passionate about bringing fine wines to the neighborhood as he does about offering them at discount prices.  No bottle is more than $25.

2006 Malbec by Henry Lagarde

2006 Malbec by Henry Lagarde

I chose the 2006 Malbec by Henry Lagarde from Argentinia over one of the French wines I sampled. The Malbec was priced at $10.96 and sells for $12.99 at most other stores. It was amazing and according to Cawdry the top seller for the weekend. The six wines featured ranged in price from $7.97 to $16.

For this Saturday’s tasting Cawdry has invited Dave Marks of Cascade Trade to present wines that are new to our region from Oregon and California.

Cawdry keeps a log of customers purchases to cross reference in case you enjoyed a particular wine in the past, but forgot the name. He also sends out weekly email blasts to update customers on each week’s coming event.  Included in his emails are tasting tips that make it fun and interesting for aficionados and novices alike.

The Fremont Wine Warehouse, located at 3601 Fremont Ave. N. Ste 212, hosts wine tastings every Saturday from 3-6 p.m. For more information, call 206-632-1110.

Get This At Your Farmers Market This Weekend

Chanterelle mushrooms; these made the trip to the market from North Bend. At the Broadway Market they are eight bucks for a 1/2 pound, and I got a very heavy half-pound. I ended up just eating them out of the pan, alternating each bite with a sip of an excellent Pinot Noir.

Need to know where and when a market is happening in your area? Click here.

Click here if you want the recipe

I Drink Wine With The Winos From Wino Magazine

Working in the wine world for many years I have been exposed to insufferable bores (and boors) whose lack of humor and love of exclusivity even make me content to put aside the Chateaneuf-du-Pape and crack open a tallboy of High Life. After meeting Josh and Doug, the near-decade long drinking buddies behind WINO magazine (which is free), I am convinced that wine and its consumption can be approachable, fun, and sometimes a little dumb. Just like beer.

Josh looking on while Doug tries to remember if this is the Merlot-Cab or the Cab-Merlot

Josh looking on while Doug tries to remember if this is the Merlot-Cab or the Cab-Merlot


So how did Josh and Doug come up with the name? Well they were having a smoke, half-drunk, and decided, “Let’s call it WINO.” They thought the name irreverent, tongue-in-cheek, and it certainly breaks the ice among the wine-phobic.

Probably my favorite feature of the magazine is a column called “Cheapskate” where a round table spares no feelings as they sample the Washington wines that have a stronghold on the bottom shelf at your local grocery store. The results range from the predictably awful to the shockingly gulpable.

Since these guys have visited so many wineries and tasted so many wines, here is their advice and recommendations:

On the intimidation factor when visiting tasting rooms:

Ask questions! People love to answer questions.

Up-and-coming wine regions:
Chelan. It will be one of the premier destinations for wine in the next five years, and the wines are produced with all estate (that is, on-site) fruit.

Cheapskate Wine Picks:
Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet
Hollywood Hill Rosé
Airfield Estate Rosé
Foot Stomp Rosé
(These guys like their dry rosé!)

Nonprofit They Would Like You to Know About
Make the Dash Count Foundation

Where You Can Get Wino

Click here for locations

Have you seen WINO? What do you think?

Paper or plastic? Wine or beer?

Going to the grocery store is getting interesting. Starting on October 1, 2008, a number of local grocery stores will be piloting a new program to allow wine and beer tastings on-site. A grand total of 30 stores were selected to participate in this program. Full listing of the stores and more details on the program after the jump.
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