• In My Backyard
  • Five Takeaways from the Wine Media Conference

    I just returned from a weekend at the always entertaining, yet still educational, Wine Media Conference.  This conference was put on the backburner in 2020 because of Covid restrictions.  This year, we saw a smaller conference, but it wasn’t scaled down in terms of quality content. I *loved* the slower pace of this conference.  After […]

  • In My Backyard
  • Invading the Southern Willamette Valley: Wine Media Conference 2021

    *Disclaimer* In exchange for a discounted registration fee, I agreed to write a set number of posts in regards to WMC content. Hear ye, hear ye!  Wine Media “Summer Camp” is back! This year, members of the wine trade and media will take over the Southern Willamette Valley and the city of Eugene, OR.  I […]

  • Cocktails
  • Shutdown Diaries – AGAIN???

    So if you haven’t been paying attention, parts of the US are shutting down again.  Here in Washington, where this sites World HQ is, we are in a strict lockdown.  Restaurants and bars (including wineries, distilleries, and breweries) are either to-go only or outdoor dining.  Some places have chose to close completely, as it doesn’t […]

  • Columbia River Gorge
  • Dining Al Fresco: A Night at a Classic Steakhouse

    **Disclaimer: I was invited to this dinner as a guest of Husum Riverside Bed and Breakfast. As always, my opinions are my own.** When you think steakhouse, what do you think? I often think of a formal atmosphere with blindingly white tablecloths, perfectly set tables, and a rich, dark interior. Well, take that thinking and […]

  • IFBC
  • Keeping it Authentic, Storytelling and #goingrogue: A Recap of #IFBC15

    I just got home from a fun-filled weekend in Seattle and the International Food Blogger Conference.  To summarize the weekend into a blog post is, in all honesty, downright impossible.  This weekend always serves as a way to meet new people, like Shadi from Unicorns in the Kitchen, Angela from The Full Tummy, and Paula […]

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  • Kudos Wines – An affordable and great introduction to Oregon Wines

    According to Merriam Webster, the word “kudos” means “praise or respect that you get because of something you have done or achieved”. For Laurent Montalieu, this word takes a new meaning. Providing quality wine at affordable prices is always a key way to introduce folks to new wines and regions. With nothing over $35 a […]