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.”

Welcome to Spirits

American Whiskey tastingIn the last year, we started to enjoy more cocktails in addition to wine. We even formed a small “booze group” with our Covid pod for new tasting experiences. For example, we expanded our taste portfolio to include Amaro, Japanese whisky and other spirts. While we’ve been posting photos of these new adventures on Instagram, now seems like the perfect time to create a new category on Write for Wine. Welcome to Spirits! Continue reading

K & M

K & M Ken Morrison and Mauro HernandezK & M Wines in Carlton, Oregon offers small production, food-friendly, wallet-friendly and tasty wines from grapes planted at their Alchemy Vineyard in Willamette Valley and others in Oregon and Washington state. Their delicious wines cost $25-$35, except Alchemy Reserve Pinot Noir is $40. This is a steal by Oregon standards. During our summer visit, co-owner and winemaker Ken Morrison poured seven great wines for us in his tasting room. Read on for details.

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Bells Up

Sara and Dave SpecterMicro-boutique winery Bells Up offers a unique story, a wonderful husband-and-wife team, and classic Oregon Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Rosé of Pinot Noir and Syrah. Dave and Sara Specter poured their melodious lineup for us at their Newberg, OR winery this summer. Their wines hit all the right notes. For instance, their Seyval Blanc struck a chord. Above all, this fun and talented couple is known for their hospitality and building relationships with their customers. Read on for more details.

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Frenchtown

L'Ecole 41 in FrenchtownWe hate to see the warm days of summer end, but there’s something special about the fall and harvest at the vineyards. Also at this time of year, L’Ecole bottles Frenchtown, the winery’s first red wine every vintage. It pays tribute to Walla Walla Valley’s first settlement of French Canadians in the early 1800s. L’Ecole’s historic schoolhouse is located in this area, and consequently named “school” in French. In addition, Frenchtown salutes France, by uniquely blending 79% Bordeaux grapes with 21% Rhone grapes. Read on for details.

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