Google’s Top 100 Wine Blogs Gaining Traction

A month ago I was thrilled to share the news that Write for Wine was #19 on the list of Google’s Top 100 Wine Blogs, as compiled by the Enobytes blog.  (See paragraph three for how the list was compiled.)

Last week, this great news hit more blogs — such as the Back Roads Blog in Livermore, California, which also made the list, and the NC Bartender blog in North Carolina.

Every time I see that list republished, my smile gets bigger. So it seemed fitting on this Thanksgiving weekend to send my thanks again to those of you who regularly read my blog and hopefully enjoy some of the great wines that we do.

Thanks and cheers!

The Wine and The Peeps

We spent a good part of a day in Woodinville recently, visiting our friends at wineries and tasting some new releases. In the middle of the afternoon, Dave and I revisited a conversation we’ve had frequently in the last couple of years — there are so many fabulous wines from Washington state that it’s sometimes hard to decide where to visit and what to buy.

Dave’s ultimate conclusion — and I agree with him — is that it’s not just about the wine; it’s also about the peeps. (Of course, Dave would never use the word “peeps.” That would be me.)

Seriously though – when we go to tasting rooms, we experience the wine, and we take in the atmosphere, the friendliness and knowledge of the winery pourers, and the ambiance. We enjoy so many Washington wines, that it’s typically the people in the tasting room who bring us back again and again.

When Dave and I discussed this blog post, I was planning to list some of our favorite peeps at wineries in Woodinville, Yakima, Prosser and Walla Walla. But I don’t want to inadvertently miss anyone, so instead I suggest that the next time you’re in a tasting room, strike up a conversation with the people pouring. And I’ll bet you soon will have a long list of faves too.

If you have any you’d like to tell us about, please share!


Good Company, Good Tunes

We decided to go to 13 Coins over the weekend to listen to the fine tunes of Butch Harrison and Good Company. OK, we had a bottle of Cain Cuvee from Napa Valley and a delicious dinner too, but the main reason we went was to catch the great music.

We first heard this funky trio at a wine release party at Alexandria Nicole Cellars. I wrote then that they played the best cover of Van Morrison’s Moondance that I ever heard. They rocked the house. So we were a bit surprised when their first set started a bit more laid back than we expected. Still smooth, but mellow — like, well, bar music — which makes sense because we were in a bar!

So I asked the waitress if she would mind requesting Moondance for us. And guess what? They rocked the house! This band cooks! This version of Moondance also had an occasional riff of Boardwalk and even a bit of barking, which sounds weird but was actually very entertaining.

They play at 13 Coins and other venues around Seattle quite regularly, so catch them if you can. Personally, I hope they keep playing at Alexandria Nicole Cellars, where there’s plenty of room to dance while enjoying some awesome Washington state wine.