Chateau Beauportail

Chateau BeauportailThis is a story about wine from Chateau Beauportail. It’s also a story about passion. And Canada. And France. Located at the gates of Bergerac, in AOC Pécharmant, Chateau Beauportail features 100+ years of winemaking history. Vineyard soils of rare, iron-rich gray clay produce powerful red wines. Read on for more details about the passion of a Canadian man, his uncle and his brother, and the stunning Quintessence de Beauportail Pécharmant 2019.

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Walla Walla Wine On Tour

IWalla Walla Wine on Tourf you can’t make it to Walla Walla, the next best thing is to go to “Walla Walla Wine on Tour.” We drove to Seattle to do just that, and it was a perfect opportunity to celebrate stellar Walla Walla wine. We visited winemakers we’ve known for a while, like Trey Busch at Sleight of Hand Cellars and Joe Czarny at Canvasback, and said hello again to Emily Kiefer, the hospitality goddess at Caprio Cellars. In addition, we met some others for the first time – Doug Frost of Echolands, Tim Lenihan of Dossier, and Kelsey Albro Itämeri from itä wines. We tasted impressive new vintages of old favorites and enjoyed amazing wines that are new to us. Cheers to Walla Walla wine! And happy 40th anniversary to the AVA!

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Valentines Day 2024

Valentines Day 2023Whether you spend Valentines Day 2024 with your spouse, partner, family or good friends, it’s a wonderful time to enjoy red wine and chocolates. Or white wine, rosé or sparkling wine. Certainly, some people prefer to celebrate love and friendship every day – and why not? Regardless of your choice, here is our list of 14 suggestions for Valentines Day Wines — from Washington, British Columbia, France, South Africa and Georgia. Of note, this is also American Heart Month, which reinforces the importance of heart health, with a goal to eradicate heart disease and stroke.

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Top 20 Wines 2023

Top 20 Wines in 2023Here is our list of our top 20 wines in 2023. We tasted hundreds of wines last year. Some, we bought at wineries and retail outlets. Others, we tasted at wine events. Likewise, some kind folks shared their bottles with us, while others sent us samples. We also tasted many wines on incredible road trips to Horse Heaven Hills, Walla Walla, and Vancouver Island. Most importantly, we are wine enthusiasts, not wine critics. So, these wines are not scored. They simply made a lasting impression. Continue reading