• In My Backyard
  • 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 […]

  • Columbia River Gorge
  • A Treat for A Girl’s Day: Jacob Williams Sadie Red

    Girl’s Day Out. What more can I say. For us ladies, days with our girlfriends are usually full of giggles, silliness, food and, of course, wine (or other alcoholic beverages)! While on a Girl’s Day with a friend who I hadn’t seen in…well…honestly, forever, we went up the beautiful Columbia River Gorge and into the […]

  • In My Backyard
  • A Day In the Willamette Valley: Youngberg Hill

    I live within an hour of the Willamette Valley. Being so close, you’d think I would spend plenty of time down there, exploring wineries, meeting the producers and consuming plenty of delicious Pinot Noir. And I do…but I, like everyone else, get stuck in a rut. I don’t take the time to truly explore the […]

  • In My Backyard
  • Where the Country Meets the City: Walla Walla comes to Portland

    I’ve raved about the wonderful wines that come from Walla Walla before here. And for good reason. They’re amazing!! While browsing Facebook one night, I saw that the Walla Walla Wine Alliance was coming to Portland. From luscious, thought-provoking reds to delicate, crisp whites, Walla Walla wines never disappoint. I knew, without a doubt, that […]

  • Holidays
  • A Thanksgiving Wine Primer

    Thanksgiving is, by a foodie standard, the orgasmic holiday. Everyone stresses the perfect turkey, the perfect sides, the perfect desserts and the holy grail…the perfect wine pairings. The typical Thanksgiving dinner has a myriad of flavors. Turkey. Mashed potatoes. Green bean casserole. Macaroni and cheese (that may just be my family…). Stuffing/dressing. Cranberry sauce. An […]

  • Clark County
  • Turning Male Bovine Excrement into Filet Mignon: In Defense of IFBC 14

    There’s a post out there that is critical of IFBC after the author attended a whole whopping two sessions, then walked away. The first two, to be exact, based on what this person wrote. The two kick off sessions and you discount the conference. Yeah…um, let me insert the popular photo of McKayla Maroney here. […]