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Plugged into Cooking TV

With all the reality shows crowding television nowadays, I have to admit I keep gravitating to cooking programs when I watch TV. Between cop shows, medical dramas, really dumb sitcoms and even dumber dating competition shows, I find myself channel surfing back to cooking programs, hoping to learn a thing or two. I come by [...]

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Washington State Wine Commission Hires New Executive Director

Steve Warner, a marketing executive from Merck & Co., one of the largest pharmaceutical will become the new Washington Wine Commission executive director beginning March 12. Commission spokesman Ryan Pennington said Warner has a deep background in organizational leadership, marketing, management and international business. Warner is currently in Bucharest, Romania, where he was working as [...]

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When Life Gives You Wine Leftovers…

When Life Gives You Wine Leftovers… Make Vinegar! It kills me to pour wine down the sink, especially when I know that some winemaker sweated bullets to get the grapes to the glass. As a writer who tastes wine frequently, I am often left with multiple half-and-nearly-full bottles of wine that I will never get [...]

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Marvelous Merlot Maliciously Maligned

I am a proud, but picky Merlot drinker and I have stoically supported the varietal, especially after the movie, “Sideways,” gave the grape such a black, er, purple eye. The conditions are perfect in eastern Washington State to grow the dark-blue-colored grape. When it is cultivated properly, the wine produced is lush and velvety, a [...]

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April Showers Bring May Flowers and Bloom for Oregon Wine

Oregon is officially declaring May 2012 as Oregon Wine Month, to recognize the importance and impact of wine in Oregon’s economy. It’s only been two decades since Oregon political leadership—the governor and legislature—acknowledged the importance of Oregon wines by designating a month of official recognition. below, an April rainbow over Willamette Wine Country Other than [...]

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Washington Wine Commission – Twenty-Five and Aging Well

In 1987, the Washington State Legislature recognized a small but growing industry that could have an impact on the state’s economy if it caught on—growing grapes and making wine. Although Washington already had an established agricultural industry, especially a robust apple crop, the idea of creating the critical mass necessary to become an emerging wine [...]

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Olsen Estates, Fondly Remembered

I had the privilege of visiting Olsen Estates Winery in Prosser, Wash. a few years ago, when the farming company decided to make its own wines rather than sell only the grapes. Dick and Larry Olsen, brothers who wanted to leave a legacy to their sons Leif and Martin, were convinced by their boys to [...]

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Bad Weather and Terrific Washington Cabs

To spit in the eye of bad weather this past weekend, I decided I wanted to grill steaks and have some terrific Cabernet Sauvignon with friends. Although the Northwest has had a mild winter, months and months of steely grey, cold temperatures and runny noses forced me to drastic action—a winter barbeque. Typical of my [...]

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