The Amiable Party Guest – gaVin Syrah – 2007, Columbia Valley

gaVin’s name doesn’t even show up in a Google search – but we invited him to Sunday dinner anyways. And although the Moroccan-Style Braised Chicken Thighs were really the star of the dinner, gaVin still left an indelible mark on the evening. In fact, we continued to enjoy gaVin’s company well after every scrap of…




Good For The Environment, Or Just Good For Me? Graham Beck Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

I have been evangelizing the merits of this wine for DAYS.  Since I opened my first bottle earlier this week, I have been a little obsessed.  Okay, more than just a little…  This wine is so amazing, it has inspired me to re-visit my long neglected blog!  That is pretty darn amazing.  The problem with…




Pallid Strawberries – Sables D’Azur 2007

You’ve tasted them.  They’re those tiny seed specked orange & pale patchwork fruits that simply weren’t left on the vine long enough to develop the sweet vibrant red that is the lovely RIPE strawberry.  That’s exactly what the Sables D’Azur reminds me of.  An under-ripe strawberry.  The acidity is so strong that it faught heartily with the lemon juice, yogurt and curry…




You’re An Alcoholic! Cavatappi Sangiovese 2006

The Cavatappi Sangiovese 2006 is too alcoholic for my delicate palate.  And if anyone knows me, my palate loves alcohol (and knows as well that ‘delicate’ isn’t particularly apt to describe anything about me!).  That being said, I opened this bottle and tried it at several stages throughout my dinner-making and dinner-consuming, and it was still overwhelmingly dominated by the alcohol factor.  I simply…




An Excel-lent Wine – Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Despite the terrible pun, Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 is honestly an excellent wine – I was absolutely blown away by its easy drinkability!  This bottle was consumed with what I can only call reckless (lush) abandon.  There are bottles of wine that I open while making dinner and only manage to get through one glass… the rest of…




Chocolate Cherries – Barnard & Griffin Cabernet Merlot

Yay!  My first “real” post!!  Chocolate cherries are my inspiration.  No, not the actual chocolate covered cherries ubiquitously pushed at the corner drug and grocery store every Valentine’s day -oh no! We’re talking the description of the latest bottle of wine I bought at Ballard Market (affectionately called “Bal-Mar”, which also happens to be the…




Work in Progress!

So… I still need to sit down and begin this blog.  Reviewing wine is going to be my main m.o…. just the everyday wine you get from the store so you can enjoy a nice glass of relaxation when you get home from work!  You know what I’m talking about.  And if you don’t… you…