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Random Musings

The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings

As a society we are obsessed with lists. From the Forbes 400 to People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People, to college football’s BCS standings, everything in our pop culture is ranked against its peers. I’ve decided to join the fray with the first edition of my Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings. This list will consider domestic wineries and rank them based on…

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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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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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Random Musings

Life Lessons, Landmarks & Lynch Bages

Lynch Bages has always been a special wine to me. It was one of the first bottles of Bordeaux that really had an impact when I started this hobby 20 years ago. Through dumb luck I ended up buying large amounts of the 85, 89 and 90 vintages. I have tried over the years to add other great vintages like…

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Buying Wine, Random Musings

New to Washington Wine? Check out Sleight of Hand, Gramercy & Force Majeure

Every once in a while someone wanting to expand their wine hobby asks me: What Washington wineries should I check out? My first inclination is long-time favorites like Cayuse, Quilceda Creek or Leonetti, but the reality is your not-yet-born child is more likely to land a spot on the Cayuse mailing list than you are. Quilceda Creek and Leonetti also…

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