Swimming with Wine Sharks: SOMMSummit

Swimming with Wine Sharks: SOMMSummit

Chinese wine? 1937 Kopke Colheita Port? Quilceda Creek retrospective? Probing questions for top Washington winemakers? Learning Washington AVA geology? My brain is full. I’m totally exhausted from only the first of three days of SOMMSummit, a symposium of wine and spirits. Continue reading Swimming with Wine Sharks: SOMMSummit

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Grower Champagne: from their house to ours

Grower Champagne: from their house to ours

Sweeping vineyard landscapes dotted by fairytale hamlets. Chalk caves. Ethereal wines. Visiting the Champagne region of France is a dream come true. We have appointments at Champagne houses, large to small. Now that I’m here, I’m realizing tiny grower-producer Champagne is what all savvy locals drink. Producers I’ve never heard of. And some I thought I knew. Continue reading Grower Champagne: from their house to ours