Notes From All Over

Going to the Dogs...Saturday, December 3 2-5 PM
Crazy Dog

We think everyone should drink more bubbly (and bodacious holiday-worthy reds, killer Scotch and Bourbon, great eggnog...). We think everyone should experience the hot dog Nirvana that is Snappy Dogs. And we definitely believe that all real dogs deserve a home of their own, with people who love and care for them.

Ergo, Bubbles & Bark, our year-end bash to benefit Forever Home Rescue New England. Your $10 ticket -a 100% donation to FHR- includes:

Laying Down the Rules
Coffee and Wine

Ah, Thanksgiving: the holiday devoted to stuffing a turkey then stuffing yourself and all your family members. The Pilgrims and Native Americans are mixed up in it somehow, too. Plus football, of course. And a parade.

I have 2 Simple Rules for Thanksgiving Guests

The Wine Nose...Knows
Washington Wines

The Washington State wine scene is growing by leaps and bounds; it seems like a new winery springs up about every other week. With more than a dozen American Viticultural Areas and dramatic differences in climate and terrain, WA is also producing an exciting array of wines: Bordeaux-style blends, varietals more often associated with Spain (Tempranillo, Graciano) or Portugal (Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional), rich Chardonnay, Rhone varieties like Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre...the list is endless.

What Portfolio?
Robert Kacher Wines

Next Sunday, we're holding a Robert Kacher portfolio tasting. Wait....what on earth is a portfolio tasting?

Relax. There will be no samples of cardboard, no comparison of blue to red to brown. Nope, we're talking about a very different type of portfolio.

Signed Bottle

If you enjoy wine and travel, you have probably visited (more than) a few vineyards. On vacation, standing in a beautiful, peaceful place, probably holding a very nice glass of wine, you think, "This is the life! What fun it would be to live in a vineyard and make delicious wines."

That experience-the romance, the beauty-is at the heart of wine tourism, but also wine dinners and other winemaker events. We want to meet the people who are responsible for our favorite liquid. We walk away with the signed bottles or menus, but also with the memories.

VOTE (for Wine)
Vote for Wine

Admit it. You're tired of almost everything about this election. No matter what your political leanings, it has gone on too long, been too mean-spirited, too downright weird. And while there are still a couple weeks before we trundle off to the polls, we're all pretty much DONE with talking about it. So don't (talk about it-you should still go to the polls). Instead, vote-for wine.

Welcome to our new idea for simultaneously distracting you from the upcoming election while also enlivening Sundays featuring afternoon Patriots games: VOTE (for Wine).

Just the Grapes
Just the Grapes...

You just got home. You kick off your shoes, poke your head in the fridge to start planning dinner, maybe pour yourself a nice glass of wine. know, fermented grape juice.

Or is it? A 2013 study cited in Decanter magazine found that over 90% of samples from 300 French wines showed traces of pesticide residue. And if you are drinking a large commercial brand, you are probably also drinking several of the more than 200 chemicals and additives that our government has deemed 'safe'.

Days of Wine and Rosé
Wine and roses

Do you feel that nip in the air? Summer is not only gone, it's -gulp-GONE.
We've traded in beach days for tailgates, lazy summer evenings for sports practice, rehearsals, and homework help. Sundown comes earlier than we'd like. Sunrise, later. Evenings require a sweater.

This is the season of transitions. This year, I feel it especially keenly because I no longer have a child at home to tote to school and rehearsals; our daughter started her freshman year of college-in LA.

History- Sip by Sip

You can read about history, watch it via movies or TV, and imagine it at historical sites. But can you drink it? Possibly....

Glass of Wine

Pick up your glass of wine. Gaze into the depths. What's in there? Depending on the wine, the answer could very well be 'acacia gum, alumino-silicates, acetaldehyde, calcium carbonate, calcium sulfate, potassium salt of casein, isinglass, a commercial strain of yeast, Velcorin, and Mega Purple*'. Plus maybe some grapes. Welcome to the world of 'controlled winemaking'.