Mark Ryan Winery

…Guardian Cellars, with Jerry Reiner. Back in November, we first tried Mark Ryan’s 2005 Dead Horse when my nephew Mathew, with his excellent palate, ordered a bottle with a lucious dinner at Daniel’s Broiler in Bellevue. We also read rave reviews of 2005 The Dissident. (Who wouldn’t love a wine with a name like that?) So it was no surprise that we bought a couple of bottles of those two wines to take home with us. And we’ll… Continue reading

Matthews Cellars has it all

…that’s Woodinville wine country spirit! I recently visited Matthews Cellars’ tasting room with my nephew Mathew (only one “t” in his name), and they didn’t even mind that his cute little dog Edie trotted in behind us. Everybody in the tasting room fell in love with Edie, and Mathew and I both fell head-over-heels with Matthews’ 2001 Columbia Valley Red Wine. This library wine is a premium Bordeaux-style red… Continue reading

JM Cellars: Best Saturday Tastings in Woodinville?

…we have had no luck in getting to the JM Cellars tastings ourselves. But it’s not for lack of trying. My nephew Mathew (who has an excellent palate) and I stopped by JM Cellars a few Saturdays ago, but sadly, we arrived late and the official tasting was over. With a special shout-out to assistant winemaker Tim Drake, we did try a 2005 Merlot, which had depth in its Red Mountain flavors bursting with cherries. (JM Cellars’ 2003 Merlot… Continue reading

WWD: Alexandria Nicole’s Quarry Butte

…yet, met winemaker Jarrod and his wife Alexandria, for whom the fine wines are named. A couple of weeks ago, my nephew Mathew–an excellent wine tasting companion–came from Vancouver (B.C., my hometown) to visit, so we decided to tour our favorite tasting rooms in Woodinville. Of course, we stopped by to visit the good folks at Alexandria Nicole again. During those three trips in two months, we tasted many of Jarrod’s wines. And… Continue reading