Happy New Year!

We’re about to open a bottle of Matthews Cellars Cab Franc before we go out to dinner to bring in the new year. The WWD (wine with dinner) remains a mystery.

But first we wanted to wish our family, good friends and readers a healthy and happy 2008. As my dear friend Kathie once toasted (a couple of decades ago … and I’ve used the toast every year since then) — may your best day of 2007 be your worst day of 2008!


Margot and Dave

Happy Boxing Day!

In honour of Boxing Day, we are spelling honor with a “u” and drinking 2003 Charbonneau Red from Woodward Canyon. We picked up a bottle last April when we visited the winery’s tasting room in a restored 1870’s farmhouse in Lowden, about 13 miles west of Walla Walla.

As regular readers know, we’re big fans of Bordeaux-style blends, and Woodward Canyon’s Charbonneau is one of our favorites. The rich, robust blend is a deep garnet red–56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 5% Cab Franc. It’s a unique wine because it’s both soft and spicy.

We were waiting for a special occasion to open it — and Boxing Day is just that! So Happy Boxing Day!


Happy Holidays!

My blog is now six months old — thank you for reading it and thanks to those who have friended me on Facebook.

Here’s a toast to my blog readers and new friends in the wine industry! And to my old friends in Canada and my new friends in the U.S. Thanks for your support in 2007 — and here’s to a healthy and successful 2008! Happy Holidays!


Robert Stewart at Vino Bello

Regular readers of this blog know that Vino Bello is one of our favorite hangouts. We love to go there, kick back and enjoy a glass of wine. The ambience is friendly, you can enjoy the conversation at the bar, or sink into deep leather chairs for a private chat. It’s always fun to stop by Vino Bello.

But “fun” doesn’t begin to describe Vino Bello on Friday night. It was awesome! Robert Stewart, from The Fiasco, performed solo and after listening to his rich, unique voice singing soulful rock, we’re going to buy his new CD as soon as it comes out.

Now if you’re a long-time Seattle resident you’ve probably already heard of both Robert and The Fiasco. And if you haven’t, then we highly recommend that you find out where Robert is playing next and go!

And keep your eye on this blog, because he’s probably coming back to Vino Bello. And what could be better than fine wine, good company and the soulful sounds of Robert Stewart?


Last week for event listings

I made a very difficult decision this week to stop my Thursday listings of wine events in Washington state. Tomorrow will be my last one. While I’ve enjoyed sharing the information in my blog, I’m now getting more press releases than I can handle. It’s become about people marketing their events to me, not about a two-way conversation.

Blogging is about relationships, about conversations. Press releases and mass mailouts do not involve either one. I will continue to promote Washington state wine by talking about my favorites;about industry news, people and discussions; and about tastings or events that I attend. I encourage everyone to join in the conversation.

I’d love to hear from more of you. What are your favorite wines? What makes you decide which wine events to attend? What do you think about screw-cap closures versus corks?What are you most proud about in the Washington wine industry? How do you think British Columbia and Oregon stack up against Washington wine? There are so many things to talk about — let’s do it!


Washington State Wine on Facebook

I went to a Facebook conference today, in hopes of turning our BOWW (Bloggers of Washington Wine) Facebook group into a lively forum for our bloggers. Our membership is small and we’re just starting out. Look for changes, improvement and growth in the weeks ahead.

If you blog mainly about Washington state wine and you’re on Facebook, please join us! Also, check out my BOWW WOW slide show on my Facebook page. (This is the public link, not the Facebook link.) It shows dogs of wine writers — much like the many photos you’ve seen of dogs of wineries. Who knows, maybe I’ll write a book one day!