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, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”

Tulalip Resort Casino – A Perfect Weekend Getaway

Tulalip Resort Casino is a luxury resort worth visitingTulalip Resort Casino is one of the most premier destinations in Washington state — a Las Vegas-style casino that is an easy drive from any location between Vancouver and Seattle.

The gaming options are excellent, but this luxurious resort also features gorgeous hotel rooms; an array of excellent restaurants; a world-class spa called T Spa; a beautiful indoor swimming pool; and numerous entertainment venues. And did we mention the fantastic Washington state wine and cocktails?

We recently spent a weekend there, and lost track of how many times we said “WOW!”
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Red Wines for the Holidays

Get festive with red wineGood wine over the holidays helps to make the season fabulous. But “good” means different things to different people. Below is our personal list of special red wines that we enjoyed during 2018.

Of note, some of these wines are special because of their high quality and high price point. Others are simply special good-value wines enjoyed throughout the year.

We recommend opening them during a quiet evening at home, pouring them for guests, taking them to parties, or giving them as gifts.
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Holiday Whites

White wine for the holidaysWhite wine pairs extremely well with the holidays for many reasons. A glass perfectly complements seafood dishes and appetizers. You can serve it at a party, take it to a gathering, or give it as a special holiday gift.

An array of white wines caught our fancy lately. Our palates have always preferred Sauvignon Blanc, but we recently tasted refreshing citrusy Albariño and a surprisingly delicious Riesling.

Here is our list of white wines (and a few tasty rosés) that we enjoyed in 2018 and recommend to grace your holiday plans, whatever they might be.

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David Phinney’s Department 66

D66 Wine by David PhinneyWinemaker David Phinney made his mark with The Prisoner, a best-selling and widely recognized Napa Valley red blend of Zinfandel with the unlikely mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Charbono.

A couple of years ago, Phinney sold The Prisoner to beverage giant Constellation Brands for $285 million. He then turned more attention to another grape.
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