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  • Terry Thompson is such an ardent fan of Washington wines and winemakers that he sold his successful commercial interiors business in 2009, enlisted his entire family and a "dream team" of industry professionals and spent over a year creating URBAN enoteca (Ue), a warm and welcoming "wine center" that debuted last December just south of downtown Seattle.

  • Keep the tassels twirling
    Monday March 14 2011

    Now that the Oscar's red carpet is respectfully rolled up and you've probably had your fill of bad girl ballet, I was peering into a juicy red bubble of love and started thinking about all the wonderful things that simply fit together - like Pinot and Noir, Adam and Eve, ballet and burlesque. Yes, you heard right! Grab a glass of grace and goodness and let's make those tassels twirl with a flurry. Black Swan madness - that's what I'm talkin' about!

  • It isn't quite like saying that it's best not to put all your hatchlings into a solitary container, but a statistic was just handed to me that makes it seem so.

  • A tale of two wines
    Monday March 14 2011

    I don't know that two red wines could be more opposite than Pinot Noir and Petite Sirah.

  • A fitting tribute to Walter Clore
    Monday December 15 2008

    Columbia Crest's Walter Clore Private Reserve is one of those wines that's richly made yet is a veritable bargain for such a classic Bordeaux-style blend.

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington's flagship winery, is nearly as old as I am. That means I've had a lot of years to be able to taste wines from the Woodinville behemoth.

  • Elk Cove more than great Pinot
    Monday March 14 2011

    The picturesque Willamette Valley is a perfect setting for a vintage winery like Elk Cove Vineyards.