My First Trip to Greece for Wine

  Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility. Legend tells us that Dionysus was the only Greek god born of a mortal parent, Semele. Known for his dual personality, Dionysus could bring erotic passion and happiness along with rage and madness. During his wandering, Dionysus taught people across the regions how to cultivate wine. It’s curious or coincidence that even 6000 years ago in the mythology of the Greeks, wine was a significant part of Mount Olympus. Wine in Greece dates back to 4500 BC and is considered to be the second oldest wine production in the world (central […]

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Portland Porks Out – Next Stop Seattle

Guest blog post from Tamara Belgard of SipWithMe Bacon is the new black, or so said the shirt on Cochon 555’s Master of Ceremonies. Sunday welcomed five chefs, five pigs and five winemakers to the Governor Hotel’s ballroom for Porkland’s culinary event of the year, Cochon 555. This national event pairs local wine with swine in order to promote breeding diversity and to help raise awareness for heritage breeds and family owned farms around the country. Portland superstar chefs Naomi Pomeroy of Beast, Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon, Andy Ricker of Pok Pok, Cathy Whims of Nostrana and Jason Barwikowski […]

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Get Your Palate Primed for Washington Wine

Hey, you, wine blogger! Are you coming to the Palouse for the 2010 North American Wine Bloggers Conference? During the conference you’ll learn about the terroirs of the Walla Walla region, you’ll talk with regional leaders about the Washington wine industry and you’ll taste some of the best that Washington has to offer. You will leave understanding why Washington wine is not just the “#2” wine growing region in the country, it’s the perfect climate for wine. Get Your Palate Primed for Washington Wine Before you arrive for the Wine Bloggers Conference, you’re invited to explore Washington wine with the […]

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From Sorority Girl to Sommelier

Guest Blog Christine Collier from @southernORwine I may look more like a sorority girl than a sommelier, but that is exactly the reason I am pursuing my Court of Master Sommeliers certification. I want to level out the playing field with more formal wine knowledge to offset my 23 year-old, blonde, perky self. As a wine blogger and social marketing coordinator for an Oregon winery, many questioned why I was pursuing the Court of Master Sommeliers program instead of the Masters of Wine. And to tell you the truth, the first reason was the higher cost of the MW, but more importantly, […]

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Vinturi Aerator and Wine Review!

“It looks like a sculpture.” “What are those mesh things…does that thing have speakers?!” These were the reactions from the wife and the boy when I set up the Vinturi Deluxe Aerator. When wino friends showed up later that evening for wine and dessert, they ooohed and ahhhed, exclaiming, “I’ve got to have one!” I’m not sure paying $80 for a conversation piece is worth it, but I have paid more for things that are far more useless and look way less cool! So, why would you possibly be in the market for a Vinturi Aerator? Simple…in a word…impatience. We […]

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