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.”

Notable Samples

Notable SamplesWe are fortunate to receive bottles of wine to taste from various wineries and agencies. Over the holidays and in the last few weeks, we discovered five very notable samples. For example, we are passionate about wines from South Africa. Consequently, samples of Chenin Blanc and Pinotage from that country sparked an interest. We also opened a stunning Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, and a Rioja and a Xarel.lo from Spain. Read on to learn more about our notable samples.

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Favorite Spirits in 2021

Favorite Spirits In 2021, our Spirits adventure began with Amaro, and ended with a Pineau des Charentes cocktail at a Cognac tasting. Meanwhile, we also tasted American Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, Bourbon, Rum and more with our booze group. In addition, we imbibed in many margaritas. Further, we discovered Washington’s Snowy River Cocktails in Bellingham and Blue Spirits Distilling in Leavenworth. As a result, we compiled this inaugural list of 40 Favorite Spirits in 2021. Moreover, our list includes our favorite cocktails too. Cheers!

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Favorite 50 Wines in 2021

Favorite 50 Wines in 2020Happy New Year! As we began 2022, we compiled a list of our favorite 50 wines in 2021. And what a year it was! First, we finally took some short road trips to Washington and Oregon wine countries. For example, we drove to Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Leavenworth, Lake Chelan, Carlton and Willamette Valley. Next, we also enjoyed many wonderful wines at home or with friends. Therefore, this list exemplifies the favorite 50 wines that we tasted last year. In other words, you might have other favorites, which we have not tasted. That’s the beauty of having so much wonderful wine available in the world. Read on for more details. Continue reading

Late Bottled Vintage Port

Late Bottled Vintage PortFor more than two centuries, consumers have considered Dow’s Port from Symington Family Estates as some of the finest port from the vineyards of the Upper Douro Valley in Portugal. Most importantly, Dow deserves its reputation. Certainly, we discovered this again when we opened a bottle of Dow’s 2016 Late Bottled Vintage Port. Dow only crafts this LBV port during the best years. Read on for more details.

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