Changing the Wine World One Badge at a Time

Can the 100 point system be overthrown? In a recent post, “You Don’t Score Wine? You’re Full of Crap,” we debated the fact that most people, whether through points, grades, stars, glasses, or even the basic like don’t like system, score wines. It is clear that the 100 point system is severely flawed and should be executed, BUT it is also clear that it is firmly in place and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. There are a few factors that contribute to the 100 point dominance: Those who use it continue to hold the most influence. People like Robert […]

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A Wine Education with L’Ecole 41

If school were like this, I’d have gotten my doctorates degree! L’Ecole 41, French for “The School” district 41 is more appropriately named, “Je t’aime” for the love that it induces upon first sip. Situated in a schoolhouse built in 1915, L’Ecole teaches a master class in Washington wine class, style and marketing. Until the recent changes to Highway 12 in Walla Walla, every visitor entering Walla Wall from the West drove past the distinct schoolhouse tasting room which beckoned all inside for an enological education. Operated by Megan and Marty Clubb, L’Ecole offers a 27 year lesson plan on […]

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Book Review: Back of the Boat Gourmet Cooking

When you think of backyard BBQ by the pool, what typically comes to mind? Burgers, hot dogs and if you’re going gourmet, maybe some chicken, fish or steak. How about if you’re boating all day, what ends up in your cooler? Chances are it is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, some fruit, and maybe a juice box or two. Can you do gourmet cooking on the back of a boat? With a little bit of prep and the book Back of the Boat Gourmet Cooking you can be eating in style with creative, fun and easy to prepare dishes. Why […]

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Getting Crafty With Cork

Cork; natural, sustainable and perfect for crafts. If you drink a lot of wine, chances are you have a lot of cork stoppers lying around. It can be a shame to throw them away when so many crafty and creative ideas are out there. At the minimum you can throw them in a big bowl for decoration. If you’re like me, that bowl can fill up pretty quick. Pretty soon you have giant bowls of cork as “decoration” in every room. What now? Last month I wrote about creative uses for wine bottles and planned this tandem piece for corks. […]

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Are Washington Wines Coming of Age?

“The perfect climate for wine.” This is the claim of the Washington State Wine Commission. Just because you say it, does that mean it’s true? Is this statement akin to the little engine puffing, “I think I can, I think I can?” Hot on the heels of being adorned with Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator, Winemaker of the Year by Wine & Spirits, hosting the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference, Washington is finding itself in an identity crisis. While many in the press are raving about wine quality, varietal diversity, and value, it still seems that the general public […]

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