1997 Isole e Olena Cepparello
Bottle Notes

1997 Isole e Olena Cepparello – Bottle Notes

The 1997 Cepparello was the leading vote getter in the October installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine garnered a score of 96 points from the Wine Spectator and was wine #3 in the Wine Spectator top 100 of 1999.   The bottle was decanted for 30 minutes and and paired with homemade pizza. Paolo di Marchi has run Isole…

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Force Majeure Winery
Bottle Notes, Buying Wine

Force Majeure Fall 2012 Release Party

Previously known as Grand Rêve, Force Majeure was founded in 2004 by Paul McBride and Ryan Johnson. Force Majeure pairs some of Washington’s highly acclaimed winemakers with fruit from one of Washington’s highly acclaimed vineyards, Ciel du Cheval. The winemakers contributing to the Collaboration Series is a Who’s Who of Washington winemakers including Ben Smith, Carolyn Lakewold, Chris Gorman, James…

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Lisa Dawson
Random Musings

A Wine Tasting for Ovarian Cancer Research

My wife, Lisa Dawson, is running the 2012 ING New York City Marathon on November 4th with Fred’s Team, raising funds for crucial ovarian cancer research. Last weekend she put together a wine tasting fundraiser at Alki Arts, a fantastic little art gallery across from Alki Beach. We poured wines from three of our favorite local wineries: 2011 Alexandria Nicole…

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2002 Leonetti Merlot
Bottle Notes, Merlot

2002 Leonetti Merlot – Bottle Notes

Leonetti Cellar was founded in 1977 by Gary and Nancy Figgins. Leonetti, along with Quilceda Creek and Woodward Canyon put premium Washington Cabernet Sauvignon on the radar of wine consumers across the United States. Leonetti also produces one of the very best domestic Merlots. Leonetti is near and dear to me as a wine consumer as well, and I have…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2005 Ravenswood Old Hill Zinfandel – Bottle Notes

Ravenswood was founded in 1976 by Joel Peterson. The winery is a pioneer in producing single vineyard Zinfandels from some of Napa and Sonoma’s most treasured vineyards, including Dickerson, Old Hill, Cooke and Belloni. I used to regularly visited Ravenswood in the summer, when they released their single vineyard wines. Back in the day they also had a BBQ out…

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Bottle Notes

Pick My Next Bottle – 1997 Super Tuscans

The October installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 1997 Super Tuscans (see the July installment for background on this series). I plan on opening the winning bottle on October 25th and publishing an in depth bottle note on the 27th. Back in the late 1990s, 1997 Tuscan wines were widely proclaimed by both producers and reviewers as the…

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Quilceda Creek
Buying Wine, Random Musings

An Open Letter to Quilceda Creek Winery

Dear Quilceda Creek, As we get closer to the release of the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, I respectfully ask that you consider holding the line in regard to pricing. I have been buying Quilceda Creek since the late 1980’s. I still have a few bottles of both the 1992 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and, perhaps my all time favorite, the 1994. Quilceda…

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