Do Wine & Vinegar Mix?

Do Wine & Vinegar Mix?

Summer is upon us and salads created with fresh vegetables and fruits are a favorite seasonal fare. But many salad dressings contain vinegar, and the acid in vinegar can clash with wine. Is there any wine that pairs well with vinegar dressings? Here’s a tip from Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, authors of “What to … Read More

Top Ten Most Used Wine Terms

Top Ten Most Used Wine Terms

eBacchus.com, a premier wine information community known for its unbiased member ratings and reviews, has compiled a list of the Top Ten most used wine terms based on an extensive review of user contributions. Take a look and see if you can add any of these to your own wine vocabularly. eBacchus® Top Ten Most … Read More

Hood Canal Bridge Set to Reopen Ahead of Schedule!

Hood Canal Bridge Set to Reopen Ahead of Schedule!

Work that began on May 1 to replace the east half of the Hood Canal Bridge and the east and west trusses may be completed more than a week ahead of schedule, according to the Washington State Dept. of Transportation website, http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/regions/Olympic/. The overall project is currently estimated to be 97 percent complete, despite some … Read More

Test Your Wine Knowledge!

Test Your Wine Knowledge!

The Wine Hub.com has a new 10-question quiz online that will help you to get the most out of your wine education. The URL follows — give it a shot! You will need to register first for a FREE membership. http://www.thewinehub.com/learn/quiz

No Bridge? No Problem! Take the Road Less Traveled

No Bridge? No Problem! Take the Road Less Traveled

Don’t let the six-week Hood Canal Bridge closure (May 1 – June 15) keep you from experiencing spring on the Olympic Peninsula. Consider this “downtime” a catalyst for adventure with the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway (aka Hwy. 101) leading the way! From wine tasting to wilderness beach backpacking to touring the Forks setting for Stephenie … Read More

Just What Is Terroir Anyway?

Just What Is Terroir Anyway?

Terroir, prounounced “ter-wah,” is a french word often heard sprinkled throughout wine-centric conversation. But what exactly does it mean? If you’ve ever wondered about that term, the following definition provided by the website Terroir-France.com and accompanying commentary by Wine Press Northwest Columnist Ken Robertson should shed some light. “A ‘terroir’ is a group of lands … Read More

Sun Will Shine on NW Wine & Cheese Tour

Sun Will Shine on NW Wine & Cheese Tour

What could be better than spending a weekend sipping handcrafted wines wonderfully paired with mouth-watering Northwest artisan cheeses? How about doing your sipping and tasting on the scenic and sunny Olympic Peninsula?! According to today’s forecast, the sun will shine on the Olympic Peninsula Wineries’ inaugural Northwest Wine & Cheese Tour this weekend! So come … Read More

Wines for Easter

Wines for Easter

If you’re wondering which wines to pair with your Easter ham or leg of lamb this year, following are a few tips. Ham is often prepared with a sweet glaze or topping to balance the saltiness of the meat. Well-paired wines can accomplish the same objective. A Riesling or a Gewurtraminer are excellent choices. Both … Read More

Northwest Wine and Cheese Tour – Save the Date!

Northwest Wine and Cheese Tour – Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for the Olympic Peninsula Wineries’ inaugural Northwest Wine and Cheese Tour! On April 18 and 19, each of the seven wineries will host a different northwest specialty creamery and pair handcrafted wines with a delectable selection of artisan cheeses. Participating cheese makers include Wild Harvest Farms located in Chimacum; Port Townsend’s own … Read More

Lemberger: Washington’s “Heritage Grape”

Lemberger: Washington’s “Heritage Grape”

The Lemberger grape is rooted in Washington wine industry history. For more than a quarter century this vigorous grape, which begets a fruit-forward, ruby red wine, has thrived in vineyards east of the Cascade Mountain range. But a wine that sounds like a stinky cheese naturally has its share of skeptics – most of which … Read More

A Place in Washington Wine Industry History

A Place in Washington Wine Industry History

The Associated Press ran a story yesterday about the phenomenal growth of Washington’s wine industry. Just 10 years ago, 160 wineries supported the state’s burgeoning industry. Since then the number of wineries has grown nearly 300 percent, with winery #602 receiving its license just last month. A little known fact, the Olympic Peninsula’s place in our … Read More

Is Wine Recession-Proof?

Is Wine Recession-Proof?

While it’s been reported that wine sales are up in 2009, with Washington state wines showing the greatest domestic growth  (http://wineindustryinsight.com/?p=763), the fact is that the wine industry is not recession proof. Washington winemakers have been feeling the pinch as reported by the Tri-City Herald (http://www.tri-cityherald.com/kennewick_pasco_richland/story/472266.html).  According to WINO Magazine Editor Doug Haugen, however, there is … Read More