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.”

Italian Sparklers

Consorzio dell’AstiConsorzio Asti, established in 1932, protects and promotes the Italian sparklers from Moscato d’Asti DOCG and Asti Spumante DOCG. These are bubbles used for toasting around the world, and a pride of Italian viticulture and oenology. These sparkling wines come from Moscato Bianco grapes, a variety that grows in the green hills of Piedmont. The wines are slightly sweet and pair well with desserts. Or enjoy them on their own as an aperitivo or digestivo. Read on for details.

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Whiskey Trail

Whiskey Trail logoIf you love whiskey and are looking for something fun and different to do this summer, look no further. The Northwest Whiskey Trail features seven distilleries in British Columbia, Washington state and Oregon. Yes, it’s the first Whiskey Trail that crosses an international border. So pack your bags and start planning your visit to the world of single malt and potstill whiskey. Find out what makes these whiskeys so special — whether it’s the local barley, the peat, yeast strains, craft brewing and distilling methods, or the premium oak casks. If you visit all seven distilleries, a gift awaits you. Read on for details.

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Trio of Reds

Barrage Cellars Trio of RedsThese three 2017 reds from Barrage Cellars are long-time favorites: Cease and Desist Cabernet Franc, Double Barrel Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, and Blacklisted Merlot Yakima Valley. Barrage Cellars’ website calls the winery “Washington’s best-kept secret.” But we’ve always enjoyed Kevin Correll’s stellar wines. Moreover, over the years, we noticed that they simply get better and better with each vintage. This trio of reds continues the tradition. Read on for details.

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Party Rosé

BOXT Party RoséNational Rosé Day is June 10th, and if you’re looking for a wine lover’s rosé to share with friends, look no further. BOXT offers a party rosé that contains the equivalent of four bottles of wine. Or, if you prefer to celebrate quietly, you can also simply enjoy one glass at a time, because BOXT stays fresh for up to six weeks. BOXT rosé is a crisp, refreshing wine that is crafted in Napa and delivered in lovely, sustainable wood packaging. We sampled it with friends at a party we hosted and it scored!

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