We took a week or so off from posting while we enjoyed the sandy beaches and smoky air of the Big Island.  The smoke was not from the volcano (which the locals say has actually calmed down considerably)  but from a fast-spreading brush fire.  Seems like the entire world is on fire right now. By the way, if there was any doubt that we were truly in Hawaii, well, you can't find hats like this on the mainland. OK, back to business with a recommendation on a very reasonably priced...

Tasting rooms are terrific! There's nothing like being on the premises where the wine is made and, if you're lucky, chatting with the people who created the wine. Then there's that magical, mystical hard-to-explain phenomenon that happens when you tip your glass. The wine just tastes a little bit better when you drink it at the winery/near the vineyard where the grapes were grown. Lots of theories about that but no scientifically-established reason.  But we don't care.  If wine tastes better...

They say it's cooling off today:  from this weekend's high of 100 all the way down to 94.  Gonna be downright frigid, right? That's here in Portland but wherever you are, the rosé summer continues.  To keep the ball rollin', we're recommending a rosé that's easy to find,  grab on the way home, chill in the fridge,  and enjoy without breaking the bank. The 2017 Fleurs de Prairie rosé comes to us from arguably the rosé capital of the world,  Provence.  As such, it's typically French:  dry and tangy with...

Summer time, and the living, and the party planning, is easy. On our latest appearance on KATU's Afternoon Live show, we have a tip or two on how to painlessly pull together the essentials, aka the wine, for that outdoor party. "Can" you go with cans?  That's the no-fuss option for sure.  Or you can elevate the wine tasting experience by opting for stemmed glasses of chilled rosé.      We hit on all of that and more right here on the PTWG You Tube channel:      ...