I can't tell you how many times I've been asked, "You've been to Walla Walla, haven't you?"  And every time, I had to answer "no".  Until this past weekend. I took the scenic four-hour drive up the Columbia Gorge to WW this past weekend to attend the annual Wine Bloggers Conference, a global gathering of a few hundred wine writers/bloggers/publicists/social media mavens. The conference was great.  But Walla Walla was great-er.    Stroll around the downtown historic district and you half expect to see Andy and Barney Fife patrolling the sidewalks.  It...

Hang in there, summer.  Stay stubborn.  Don't leave too soon! Here in Oregon, summer has already overstayed its seasonal welcome.  The calendar says fall but with five 80-plus degree days in a row,  it doesn't feel like fall at all.   It does feel like chilled white wine time.  WillaKenzie's 2016 Pinot Gris is one to try during summer's last stand.  With moderate acidity and pleasing fruit flavors (ripe apple & pear), it works either with food or on its own as an aperitif. I know some like their pinot gris super-cold. ...

There's a chill in the air, the leaves are turning and the kids are complaining about homework. It's back-to-school time! Keeping in the spirit, we're recommending a wine that not only is a good deal, it's named after an historic schoolhouse. Chances are you're familiar with the winery, L'Ecole, which is French for "school".  Located near Walla Walla, currently one of the wine world's hottest spots, L'Ecole produces multiple tiers of red wine, from entry level to collectible. Frenchtown is the name of the 100-plus year old schoolhouse depicted on L'Ecole's labels. ...

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...