Holiday Wines 2023

Red and White Wine on the WaterThe holidays bring good cheer, and what better way to celebrate than with stellar holiday wines. What are our top 45 recommendations of holiday wines 2023? First, we suggest 20 sparkling, rosé and white wines, followed by 25 reds. For example, many of these holiday wines are special because of their high quality (and high price point). On the other hand, others are simply special good-value wines. Moreover, their prices range from an unbelievable $11 to $105. Most importantly, you could open them during a quiet evening at home, pour them for dinner guests, take them to small holiday parties, or give them as gifts. Continue reading

Barrister

When we left Walla Walla in late June en route to a weekend party in Montana, we made a spontaneous decision to stop in Spokane and see Greg Lipsker, owner and skilled winemaker of Barrister Winery. We couldn’t stay long, but that didn’t prevent Greg from pouring a few excellent wines. Greg has a large portfolio of beautiful wines, all of which have the signature style of a soft mouthfeel and gentle tannins. Contributing to this style is a unique story  – the wines are “train settled.” What does this mean? Read on for 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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Liberty Lake

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars lineupWe originally tasted wines from Liberty Lake Wine Cellars a year ago, and appreciated them. The trend continues, after receiving three samples of current releases from winemaker and co-owner Mark Lathrop: Reserve Syrah, Petit Verdot and Merlot (in time for Merlot Month). Liberty Lake is a  boutique Washington state winery near Spokane, focusing on bold reds from Red Mountain. Read on for details about these tasty wines and the Liberty Lake story.

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