Update: A Tough Decision

Comments are back on at Write for Wine! I finally found time to install Akismet to help me with spam, so hopefully the 150 spam comments received each week will be minimalized. (Three spams arrived in the brief time it took to configure Akismet, by the way!)

Now I can breathe a sigh of relief – as mentioned three weeks ago, the difficult decision to turn off comments flies in the face of everything I believe about social media as a way to engage with people and build relationships.

So thank you everyone who wrote with ideas for spam reduction – we appreciate your feedback and your support.

Cheers!

Seattleite Magazine & Shameless Self-promotion

I don’t think I’ve ever written a blog post containing shameless self-promotion. (And if I have, I’m sure I’ll get email about it!) But there’s a first time for everything.

I recently started writing for Seattleite Magazine, which launched earlier this month. As you can see on its About Us  page, “Substance, style and sophistication, Seattleite is the luxury lifestyle resource for Seattle’s newest generation of affluent, trend-setting professionals who are in-the-know and on-the-go.”

In a few short weeks, Seattleite took off — it’s very exciting news, and I encourage you to check out the online magazine yourself.

Here’s where the shameless self-promotion enters the picture! I hope you enjoy the articles I’ve written so far for Seattleite, and I hope you continue to read my contributions in the future! I write a Wine O’Clock Wednesday column each week, in addition to Must-Have articles when I have time. Here are the articles I’ve written so far:

Wine O’Clock Wednesday:

Other Articles:

Future articles can be found on my Author’s Page – coming up soon, Valentine’s Day red wine and chocolate tastings. If you’re in the Seattle area and want to be included, please send me email margot@writeforwine.com by end of day Tuesday!

But don’t restrict your reading to only wine posts – there are many articles about fashion, food, Seattle events and more to grab your attention!

Cheers!

EFESTE Rocks Reds and Whites

efesteIn the last couple of months, we found ourselves drawn, like magnets, to several EFESTE wines – the rich Big Papa Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon, the smooth Final Final red blend and the robust Eleni Syrah, in addition to long-time favorites, Ceidleigh and Jolie Bouche Syrah.

We’re in good company for recognizing EFESTE’s fine wines, created with an individual twist and an amazing talent by winemaker Brennon Leighton.

For example, Washington wine expert Paul Gregutt recently recognized Brennon’s Lola Chardonnay:

“Leighton’s Lola is the sort of wine that makes you rethink domestic chardonnay entirely – it is light years beyond the dull, apple-flavored juice, sometimes slathered in new oak, that generally typifies the category. … When first opened, the 2009 Lola had me immediately gushing: “This is as good as the best from California – textural, creamy, a delicious mix of lemon custard, meringue, caramel, papaya and toasted coconut. At one third the price of comparable bottles, this young wine just seduces from the instant it hits the tongue.”

Gregutt also named EFESTE’s 2007 Big Papa Cab as No. 26 on the list of Top 100 Washington wines in The Seattle Times. Meanwhile, I called Big Papa a “Must-Have Cabernet Sauvignon” in my article, Must-Have Bottles of Wine in Seattlelite Magazine.

Brennon at EFESTE

In 2009, Seattle Magazine hailed Brennon as Winemaker to Watch and Efeste Wines as the Best New Winery. These days, Brennon is indeed considered a star  in the Washington wine world.

But he remains exactly the same as when we first met him in 2008 – open, blunt, sharp and passionate, a talented man whom my mother would have said “pulls no punches,” and an artist who also likes to experiment.

Actually, everyone from EFESTE is passionate, smart and fun – Daniel and Helen Ferrelli, Kevin and Angie Taylor, and Patrick Smith. I’m happy to say that Dave and I have become friends with the wonderful group at EFESTE, and I’ve helped them with Twitter for almost a year.

But it began with the wine. We first tasted the wine at St. Nick’s in 2008 and instantly became members of EFESTE’s Inner Circle wine club. The friendships developed over time.

If you’re in the Woodinville area, stop by EFESTE’s tasting room. Try their wines, chat to anyone there, and we fully expect you’ll have a great time.

Cheers!

Learn to Taste Wine From an Expert

TimWineFinalIf you’re a wine enthusiast who lives in the Seattle area, this is definitely an event to consider: an exclusive wine education and tasting event at Bartholomew Winery with internationally renowned wine master sommelier and educator, Tim Gaiser.

Tim is one of 175 people in the world to attain the elite Master Sommelier wine title and is currently the Education Chair for the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers. He has the skills and experience to open a bottle of wine and identify its age, quality and complexity. And according to the event material that we received, Tim will “teach you to think like a genius sommerlier, enabling you to select wines with confidence.”

The evening also includes food pairings from Green Apple Catering and music by bass soloist, Brendan Wires.

So mark your calendars for Feb. 4, 6-9 p.m. at Bartholomew Winery, located in the Old Rainier Brewery, 3100 Airport Way in South Seattle. There is limited seating so reservations are required; register at In The Wings Special Events.

We hope to see you there!

Cheers!