Dear Wine Spectator

After four years of being a loyal customer, I regrettably inform you that the February issue will be my last. We’ve spent a lot of time together, from plane rides to bedside, I’ve relied on the Spectator to learn the essentials of wine. I still remember the excitement when opening my mailbox to find theRead more

An Idaho Food and Wine Pairing

I’ll be honest, other than at a restaurant or paired alongside the casual fruit and cheese platter, I was never a food and wine kind of guy. That’s all changed in 2010. More and more, I’m finding myself pouring through the pages of Food & Wine or Wine Spectator hoping to find the perfect pairing.Read more

Ice, Ice Baby

Okay, so maybe my worst title ever, but with the temps hovering around freezing lately, the brain is a bit rusty. That said, tonight’s wine hails from Ste. Chapelle Winery in Caldwell, Idaho. Located in one of America’s newest AVA’s, the Snake River Valley Wine Region is home to more than a dozen wineries. FoundedRead more

Vin de Pays

Every now and then I sample a wine that brings a smile to my face. The 2007 Bistro Rouge from Pend d’Oreille Winery is one such wine. Located in Sandpoint, Idaho, Pend d’Oreille’s vin de pays is produced from Washington grapes. A blend of 36% Merlot, 28% Syrah, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, and 3%Read more

Free The Grapes Year End Summary

Before I jump back into reviews, I thought I would provide the year end summary received from Free The Grapes. Although a bit delayed, I feel it’s important to share the great progress the organization continues to make in expanding consumer choice. Tennessee created a direct shipping permit. Kansas passed a direct shipping statute. MaineRead more


Another year has come and gone. From Maine to Hawaii and everywhere in between, I have poured, swirled, and sipped some of the country’s best offerings, while sharing my journey with both old and new friends. As we begin a New Year, I wanted to say thank you for your continued friendship and readership, andRead more