About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with additional posts about Oregon, B.C., California, ANZ, France, Italy, Spain and more. A former national journalist in Canada and the U.S., Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”

Trothe Syrah

Trothe Syrah 2020Trothe quickly built a reputation as a producer of world-class luxury wines. And the dream team at Trothe has done it again! The just-released Trothe Syrah 2020 is ready to join other exquisite Trothe wines on the world stage. It is impressive – classy, structured, complex and elegant, more like an old-world Syrah. This reflects how Trothe proprietor and fourth-generation farmer Jeff Andrews and talented winemaker Ray McKee worked closely on their Horse Heaven Hills vineyards with renowned French winemakers Philippe Cambie (a Rhône legend) and Michel Gassier.

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Spanish Sherry

Spanish SherriesOur monthly “Booze Group” recently held a Spanish Sherry tasting, and we contributed these two bottles: Bodegas Lustau Manzanilla Papirusa and Fino Jarana. Bodegas Lustau has been crafting sherry for more than 120 years. The International Wine & Spirit Competition named Lustau as the Best Spanish Winery in 2011, and Best Sherry Producer in 2014 and 2016. Read on for more details. Continue reading

Taste WA 2023

Taste WA 2023It’s back! Taste WA 2023 is going to be epic. For two decades, we have called this festival “the Super Bowl of Wine Events.” It’s the country’s largest single-region wine and food extravaganza. So what are you waiting for? Taste Washington is around the corner, and you do not want to miss this explosion of tastes, fun and education on March 6-13 in Seattle — especially because organizers understandably cancelled the in-person activities for three years because of the pandemic. In addition, some early bird pricing is available if you get tickets soon.
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Wine Names

Wine NamesWineries name some of their bottles for their principal grape, or their blends, while others for local plants and animals. For instance, Vineyard Brands sent us four samples of wines with special stories: Miguel Torres Chile Las Mulas Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Doga Delle Clavule Morellino Di Scansano Tuscany Red 2013, MAN Family Merlot 2021, and Umani Ronchi Pecorino 2021. Read on to learn about their wine names and more.

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