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Opus One

Opus One: The Evolution of an Icon Pt. 2

When I told some friends I was going to visit Opus One on my birthday they scoffed. “Ooooh, GOD! They are sooo pretentious there!” they said. “Don’t forget to kiss the ring on the way in”. I brought my Mom and Mrs. B along for the ride because, hey, it was my birthday. Not sure what experience others had at…

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Opus One: The Evolution of an Icon pt. 1

Twenty years ago if you were in a restaurant and ordered a bottle of Opus One you were important. You were a fine wine connoisseur and you liked the best. Opus One raised the bar for Napa Valley and for domestic wine. If you were drinking Opus One you were drinking a regal wine that presidents and diplomats held in…

chianti classico

5 Days in Tuscany: The Misadventures of the Chianti Classico Kid

The first cigarette I ever had I smoked behind Grandpa’s barn. It made me dizzy, and I coughed a lot. “Don’t worry, that always happens with the first one,” said Grandpa. “Try another one.” And you know, he was right.  -Jack Handey It’s funny the things you remember from childhood. I don’t remember the first tooth I lost, or the…

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Washington Wine Giveaway Week

Listen up wine lovers, I’m giving away a bottle of Washington wine each day this week. Well, technically, I’m not giving it away, the wine is going to be sent to you from wine.com and it’s paid for by the folks at Visit Seattle who are behind the #2daysinseattle promo online. Mrs. B and I spent 2 days in Seattle…

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The #1 Wine on the 12 Wines of Christmas is…

Let’s take a moment and look back at the 12 wines of Christmas list. The idea was to highlight 12 bottles of wine from throughout the year that might make up a nice little case of holiday cheer. Average price of the 12 wines of Christmas came out to about $25 a bottle, so you don’t have to spend a…

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The 12 Wines of Christmas: #6 Gramercy Cellars 2008 Syrah

I love Walla Walla wines…a lot. The region has so much untapped potential for ageability of wines as covered in this blog post about the affordability and ageability of Walla Walla wines. An exciting newcomer to the region is Master Sommelier, Greg Harrington who uprooted his family from New York in 2004 and moved cross country to start Gramercy Cellars.…