Friday, July 28, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Marisa gave me permission to share this photo and she writes:
My mom called me to break the news, in a manner that one would normally reserve for the death of a family pet. We talked about how everything has a lifespan, and how grateful we both are that we knew Walla Walla in the days when it was still funky and laden with remnants of prior times. I’ve spent the day mourning the fact that the Pastime doesn’t exist anymore and hoping that the Spaghetti and Meatballs clock has found a good home.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Harvey at the Wine Spectator liked this wine and gave it 90 points. At the 2006 L.A. County Fair Wines of the World Competition it received a silver medal and a gold medal at the Central Washington State Fair Washington State Wine Competition in June. My pick is a well crafted wine by winemaker, Deborah Hansen and surprisingly affordable at $29.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Walla Walla Sweet Onion Jam
6 Tbsp mild olive oil
Pinch of Kosher salt
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Decanter Magazine reported that red wine can make you sleepy. Italian scientists have discovered high levels of melatonin in the Nebbiolo, Merlot, Cabernet Savignon, Sangiovesse and Croatina grape varietals. Melatonin is a sleep hormone. The University of Milan found that the melatonin content in wine grapes could help regulate human sleep-wake patterns (known as the circadian rhythm) and the melatonin found in grapes is the same as produced by the pineal gland in mammals.
Melatonin is also believed to have antioxidant properties, too. However, don't be blaming your nap at the dinner table on just the wine. You may want to reconsider that extra portion of spaghetti, too. Now you can swap out that bottle of Tylenol PM on your bedside table for a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. Hey, it works for me!
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Global warming could also make better growing conditions for the Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Appellations where historically we have damaging frost conditions about every seven years.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Anyway, Big Bro sent me this comment about my blog:
"I truly cannot believe that you have not mentioned at least the scenic historical label of that fine exquisite bottle of West By God Stand Up and Salute Virginia Raspberry Wine. 8-)"
Allow me to explain. He sent me a bottle of wine for my birthday in June. It's a bottle of "Black Gold West Virginia" wine made from black raspberries. Our father was born and raised in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia and about once a year brother Terry makes a trip there in homage, and during his last trip he picked up this bottle of Black Gold. Now, I believe those ridges and hills in West Virginia hold old family secrets. We do know that a great uncle had a few problems with the feds for making his own "mountain dew." I am proud to say that I come from a long line of "fermentation genes." Dad made beer and wine, and at the age of 19 I experimented with making my own version of "brandied" fruit, various flavored liquors out of vodka, and, later, with making wine. My first wine was called "Freaked Out Hippie" wine, with a peace symbol on the label. (There will be more to say about that another freaky time.)
The West Virginia black raspberry wine is contained in really a good-looking bottle, with a beautiful label showing Harper's Ferry. That city is very rich in history, of course, especially from the Civil Way period; it's located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. President George Washington selected Harpers Ferry as one of the sites of the new national armories. The town also witnessed the arrival of the first successful American railroad, then there was John Brown's attack on slavery. The largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War occurred in Harper's Ferry, and following the way the education of former slaves was instituted in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States. Besides all this history, Harper's Ferry is very scenic. In fact, I have an artist's drawing of the area framed and hanging in my dining room.
Friday, July 07, 2006
So to those of you who check in to read what I have to say or who are new and just now reading my blog, I give you a big smooch and a thank you. In fact, I wish I could pour you a glass of wine every time you visit. We would drink some wine, eat a little cheese, shmooze a little...
And to my critics I don't really have anything to say. Instead, I believe that a picture is worth a 1,000 words.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
This 2005 Rosato from Yellowhawk Cellar is the perfect summer wine for red wine drinkers who want a chilled wine during these hot days of summer. "Only white wine" drinkers will enjoy this wine, too (pour it in a dark blue or black glass and they will never know they are drinking a red).
Made with 100% Lemberger, this rosato from Yellowhawk Cellar is dry and crisp in flavor. The color is just gorgeous! A brilliant red strawberry color. The taste has lots of juicy berries showing through, especially strawberry. The rosato has been barrel fermented just enough to smooth and round it out. Lemberger is such a unique grape as it is, so this wine is really special.
I discovered, not only is this rosato a great sipping wine alone or with a cheese plate (I am content with a wedge of Laughing Cow and water crackers), it is a great food wine. So far I have enjoyed the rosato from Yellowhawk Cellar with a taco salad, roasted red pepper hummus spread on Greek flatbread, my favorite potato salad recipe and chicken salad sandwiches. I think this is a great wine for picnics and I would carry it through to Thanksgiving as it will make for a perfect pairing with turkey.